Pick 131: Tylan Wallace – WR, Oklahoma State
The Ravens acknowledged Wallace was “too good not to take” at pick 131, and they’re right. Wallace has some Steve Smith Sr. in him and offers the kind of contested catch ability that Lamar Jackson just hasn’t gotten from his current group of receivers. While he is a smaller receiver, Wallace is incredibly physical and adds another boundary option to a slot-heavy Ravens wide receiver room, and is also another candidate to return kicks and punts. The addition of Wallace also sets up a situation where Miles Boykin and James Proche will likely be fighting for a roster spot, but that’s not a bad thing.
Pick 171: Daelin Hayes – EDGE, Notre Dame
The Ravens also got this one right. Not only is Hayes a high-character player who grew up a Ravens fan, but he’s also the kind of versatile player that will thrive in the Baltimore defense. Like his college teammate Owusu-Koramoah, Hayes has great lateral quickness and consistently delivers punishment when he gets in the backfield. He also excels in zone and man coverage, giving the Ravens a second option to lean on with Tyus Bowser as a cover linebacker. Like Bowser, Hayes doesn’t have a single counting stat column that jumps off the page but does enough of everything to be a real asset to the defensive unit.
Pick 184: Hamsah Nasirildeen – S, Florida State
Because Baltimore passes on Brandon Stephens in this scenario, they take a hard-hitting safety with great ball skills here in Nasirildeen. The Florida State product plays similar to current Ravens safety DeShon Elliott, but is a better true center fielder, and would’ve been able to be an immediate factor in sub packages and on special teams. Stephens may end up being a great pick in hindsight, but Nasirildeen provides more proven production against higher-caliber ACC offenses like Clemson, Miami, and North Carolina, and is much less of a project.