NFL Mock Draft: Baltimore Ravens trade out of round 1 edition
By Darin McCann
Hey, did you Baltimore Ravens fans know the NFL is going to have a draft in a couple of weeks? Also, and stop me if you’ve heard any of this already the Baltimore Orioles might not turn out to be the powerhouse many expected them to be this season and Marvel has had a pretty good run with a series of movies.
Yes, the NFL Draft is getting closer by the minute, and just like everyone else sucking free air in this wacky world of ours, I have put together a mock draft for the Ravens. We did this with the belief that Orlando Brown Jr. will be taking the field for the good guys this season, and will continue to operate under that assumption in coming mocks until more information becomes available.
So… yeah, that’s it. I’ve run out of stuff to say. Let’s get rolling with the picks, courtesy of the nifty draft simulator on The Draft Network’s site.
Trade — The Ravens send the 27th pick in the draft to the Dallas Cowboys for picks 44, 115, and 227 in the 2021 draft, and their fifth-round selection in the 2022 draft.
Round 2, pick 44 — Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma
The Ravens get good value here for Humphrey, and he could potentially be a plug-and-play option at the pivot. He is a nice combination of value/need for the Ravens.
Round 2, pick 58 — Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE, Wake Forest
Basham is a big, physical guy who can get to the quarterback, defend the edge, and generally bring a bunch of angry energy to the field. I like angry energy. It brings me comfort.
Round 3, pick 104 — Jay Tufele, IDL, USC
Not a pressing need for a Ravens team that has some productive, seasoned veterans up front, but he is a menacing player who can get penetration and cause general mayhem. He just feels like a “Ravens pick” at this spot.
Trade — The Ravens send the 115th pick in the draft to the New Orleans Saints for picks 133 and 218.
Round 4, pick 131 — David Moore, IOL, Grambling
Again, this one doesn’t fit an immediate need, and I’m not sure if he will ever make his mark with the Ravens, but he’s 350 pounds and plays like a bouncer at a biker bar. There’s that angry energy again.
Round 4, pick 133 — Josh Imatorbhebhe, WR, Illinois
The signing of Sammy Watkins should allow Imatorbhebe some time to develop and to get in some spot snaps to take advantage of his absurd athleticism and ability to win downfield. The Ravens invested in new coaches to expressly help develop talented receivers. Here is a talented receiver who needs some development.
Round 5, pick 171 — Caden Sterns, S, Texas
Sterns shows some ability to play single-high safety, and the Ravens can use that element in their defensive backfield. He’s a smart player, which, you know, is pretty important when you’re in the last line of defense.
Round 5, pick 184 — Shakur Brown, CB, Michigan State
This is one of my draft crushes this year, and I believe Brown can be a good slot corner in the NFL. He picked off five passes last year and is a physical, press corner who has improved by the year. Me likey. I like it a lot.
Round 6, pick 210 — Patrick Johnson, EDGE, Tulane
Johnson shows pass-rush and coverage skills and looks like the kind of player who can grow with good coaching, particularly in a scheme that will allow him to sub in and out and play to his strengths early in his career.
Round 6, pick 218 — Alaric Jackson, OT, Iowa
Jackson has a lot of fans, and I can see why, as he has size and mobility. I see him as a plus-swing tackle, with the potential to become more with development.
Round 6, pick 227 — Jaret Patterson, RB, Buffalo
This is a luxury pick, obviously, but Patterson kind of fits the bill as that extra running back in a run-heavy offense. He runs hard and protects the ball — putting up 3,884 yards and 52 rushing touchdowns over the past three seasons, with 0 fumbles. Yeah, I’ll take that.