3. Malcolm Koonce, Buffalo
Malcolm Koonce is another player who could hang around to the second or third round. It wouldn’t be shocking if Koonce ended up being taken in the fourth round of the NFL Draft even, so the Ravens will have their chances to get him. Koonce has a very lean frame and he plays too straight up. He’s probably not going to be a great run defender right off the bat, however, he’s got a lot of things going for him.
Koonce has a very high ceiling. His athleticism is obvious and his pass-rushing traits give him good standing with my amateur scout assessment. He’s explosive and he’s got an extra bounce to his step. He almost looks like Sonic the Hedgehog in that Buffalo Bulls uniform. He’s a 6-3 250 pound freight train crashing into the backfield.
Koonce had five sacks last year and eight sacks in the 2019 season. Koonce has three passes defended in his college career and four forced fumbles. Koonce is a high ceiling player. He has the potential to be a steal in this draft.
The Ravens just lost Yannick Ngakoue to the Las Vegas Raiders. Ngakoue may be the best comparison there is to Koonce. They have a very similar style and a very similar build. Tyus Bowser could be the Matt Judon-like player while Koonce could end up filling in for Ngakoue just fine. Baltimore could be the perfect landing spot for the Buffalo Bull standout.
The Baltimore Ravens may want to double-dip at this position group in the 2021 NFL Draft. The Ravens have been known to double-dip at positions they need at. They drafted Marquise and Miles Boykin in the 2019 NFL Draft. Mark Andrews was picked after Hayden Hurst in 2018.
In a more perfect example for this conversation, the Ravens drafted Tim Williams after they took Tyus Bowser in the second round. All three of these prospects could be in play regardless of what happens in the first round.