Round 3, 101st Overall, Ravens: Chad Muma, LB, Wyoming
Chad Muma is everything the Ravens look for in a linebacker and more. He’s a high-IQ, high-energy player who has exceeded all expectations and gone from underrecruited high school prospect to one of the best linebackers in the nation.
On top of that, the dude can ball too. Muma is a prototypical three-down linebacker who served as one of the country’s best run-defenders this season. And at 6-foot-3, 245 pounds, he can move incredibly well for a man of his size.
Muma will be looking to follow in the footsteps of his former Wyoming teammate, and current Cincinnati Bengal, Logan Wilson as the next excellent linebacker prospect drafted out of Wyoming. Don’t be surprised if Muma is taken even earlier than Wilson was.
Patrick Queen has made major strides in his second NFL season, but Josh Bynes clearly isn’t the future. The Ravens need another linebacker to pair up with Queen and Muma can be that guy.
Round 4, 107th Overall, Ravens: Travis Jones, DL, Connecticut
As previously mentioned, the Ravens will need to undergo somewhat of a youth movement on their defensive line this offseason. With Brandon Williams unlikely to return, the Ravens need to start searching for his replacement.
And you aren’t going to find better value than Connecticut’s Travis Jones here in the fourth round.
Jones is a prototypical run-stuffing nose tackle who clogs running lanes and helps collapse pockets. Despite enrolling at UConn at over 360 pounds, Jones has dropped over 30 pounds and now has just 13 percent body fat at roughly 330 pounds.
The dude is an absolute freak and has been praised for his high character and leadership in college. This is a classic Ravens draft pick here early on Day 3.