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Three Options for Baltimore on Thursday Night

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Three Options for Baltimore on Thursday Night

There are a number of different directions the Baltimore Ravens could go in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft. They could add some youth to their receivers, beef up their defensive line or pull a move that could surprise everyone like taking the best available player on the board. With the draft closely approaching, we take a look at a few players that may be the 16th overall pick in Thursday’s draft.

Corey Davis WR Western Michigan – The Ravens are looking for playmakers on both sides of the ball in the draft and the 6-foot-3, 209 pound Davis is a playmaking monster. He caught 97 passes for 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns in his Senior season. Baltimore has to get Joe Flacco more help on the perimeter after Steve Smith’s retirement and losing Kamar Aiken to free agency. Davis is a well-rounded and polished receiver, his head coach P.J. Fleck, was the wide receivers coach with the Buccaneers before leaving for Western Michigan. Fleck took that NFL experience and used it to develop Davis well for the next level. The Western Michigan product has impressed evaluators with good route-running, reliable hands, and deceptive speed. While he is not overly big or physical, despite his pre draft injuries(ankle, shoulder), he has the ability to be the best receiver in this class.

Ryan Ramczyk OT Wisconsin –  Ramczyk is the prospect in this group most deserving of a first-round pick. He’s got clean technique, toughness in the run game and enough athleticism to handle speed rushers off the edge. If he’s back to 100 percent after having off-season hip surgery, he is a solid left tackle at the next level that can also play on the right side. Which is perfect for Baltimore after losing right tackle Ricky Wagner to the Detroit Lions in Free Agency. Ramczyk was named a First Team All-American and First Team All-Big Ten last season and scouts don’t have any off-the-field concerns about him. However, they question his level of football knowledge due to his lack of experience against top competition. Most of which stems from the two years he spent at Stevens Point before playing his one year at Wisconsin.

John Ross WR Washington – Ross ran the fastest 40 time in combine history, a blazing 4.22-second 40-yard dash, breaking the previous record of 4.24 seconds held by Rondel Menendez and Chris Johnson. The Washington product is a speed receiver who can stretch a defense vertically and is explosive off the line of scrimmage. He is very skilled at creating quick separation from cornerbacks because of his speed and athleticism While Ross is a threat to challenge teams downfield, he is dangerous on short passes like slants, crosses, and digs because of his ability to get open quickly. Ross has had surgery on his shoulder and on both knees, and he’s got a small frame at only 5’11.  So durability is a big issue with him right now, but Baltimore could use more receiving talent for Joe Flacco. Ross would be a natural replacement for Steve Smith that could score anytime he touches the ball.

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