Ravens Draft Report Card: Grading a busy and exciting 3rd round
Grading the pick of Tyre Phillips:
Tyre Phillips wasn’t the offensive lineman I would have gone with here. In fact I had quite a few offensive linemen ahead of Phillips. It’s still very hard to get upset about this pick. Phillips can play guard or tackle in the NFL and he’s a big bodied man you don’t want to mess with. He is 6’5″ 331 pounds and he’s a good run blocker. This is a solid shot at improving the offensive line depth. Phillips may not come in and take the starting job away from Ben Powers, though he will give Powers some competition. That’s really all the Ravens needed to accomplish for the offensive line in this draft.
With this grouping of picks, the Ravens attacked every single one of their needs other than edge rushers for the defense. Phillips is a player with upside who at the very worst is going to be a quality back up. With every major need addressed and only three picks to work with DeCosta has the freedom to do just about anything on the third day of the draft. What you have to credit Baltimore with is their responsible drafting. In a year where many fans wanted them to use their extra picks to move up and get premium stars, they were able to stick to their board without forcing the issue.
The pick of Phillips, just like the rest of the picks was a case of responsible drafting, The Ravens didn’t make one bad pick in this draft process. So far, a B minus is the lowest grade they’ve gotten from me.
It was a busy Friday night for the Baltimore Ravens. Tomorrow is going to be a marathon of draft coverage to get through. We’ll be here for you. That’s a promise Ravens Flock.