The 2015 NFL Draft has concluded, the Baltimore Ravens have assembled a nine man draft class. Today, we’ll take a look at the class of 2015 and discuss who’ll be able to make an immediate impact and what they bring to the table. As for if they’ll make the final 53 man roster, that can be discussed further down the line.
Breshad Perriman – 1st Round, 26th pick
Speed kills. The former UCF wideout has no issues getting vertical, his ability to stretch a defense will be welcome to a Ravens offense that has lost Torrey Smith. He’s not all speed though, their is a noticeable physicality to his game as he has no issue boxing out defensive backs and high pointing the football. He may need to work on his route running a bit, but having Steve Smith Sr. in his corner as a veteran definitely can’t hurt. That speed (4.24) will help him make an immediate impact, just his presence should make defenses play honest. Which opens up the middle of the field for Smith Sr and others.
Maxx Williams – 2nd Round, 23rd pick
Coming into the draft, Williams was perceived by many analysts and pundits as the best prospect at the tight end position (Clive Warford might have a different view on this). At 6’4, 250 pounds Williams has the size and athleticism of the new age tight end in the league. He offers a big catch radius with his size and wingspan, not to mention his large mitts. With the uncertainty surrounding Dennis Pitta, the addition of Williams gives Baltimore a younger healthier option at the position. He’s not a finished product, as he needs work on running and selling his routes in addition to becoming a better blocker. Williams did lead the nation amongst his position in making plays downfield, he had nine catches of 25 -plus yards last season.
Carl Davis – 3rd Round, 26th pick
With the departure of Haloti Ngata, it’s no surprise that Baltimore addressed the defensive line. Davis has the potential to grow into a good nose tackle for the Ravens, he has great size (6’5, 32o) which allows him to hold his own against double teams. He still has work to do as a pass rusher, but he landed in the right place. Baltimore has worked wonders with other players that have flew under the radar until they were ready to play, a perfect example being Brandon Willimas or Pernell McPhee.
Za’Darius Smith – 4th Round, 23rd pick
Speaking of Pernell McPhee, the addition of Smith should give Baltimore another of those talented, versatile pieces in their front seven. While he doesn’t seem to possess the elite suddenness of great pass rushers or a great bend, he was a former basketball player so his athleticism shouldn’t be easily dismissed. Smith is the epitome of a Ravens player, he’ll do the dirty work, work hard and do whatever he’s asked. He’s almost an ideal fit to play the role McPhee played on this defense, it may not be an immediate impact, but he’s a welcome addition to their front seven.
Javorius ‘Buck’ Allen – 4th Round, 26th pick
The Ravens did the right thing by retaining Justin Forsett’s services, selecting Allen helped on several fronts. The depth at the position was in question after the release of Bernard Pierce, leaving Larenzo Taliaferro as the sole person providing depth. When thinking about Trestman’s offense in Chicago, Allen could be a great change of pace behind Forsett. He’s actually a bit similar to the departed Pierce, he can catch out of the backfield and doesn’t waste time dancing after receiving the hand off. It wouldn’t be a huge shock if he leap frogs Taliaferro on the depth chart, good size (6’0, 221) and hips with the ability to catch and pass block doesn’t hurt his case one bit. The battle for the number two back in Baltimore will definitely be worth keeping an eye on leading up to the regular season.
Tray Walker – 4th Round, 37th pick
Baltimore addressed an area of need again in this round, adding to their secondary corps by selecting Walker. If the Ravens have Jimmy Smith and Webb for the duration of the season, the back end of their defense certainly will be better than it was towards the end of last season when they were ravaged by injuries. Walker has great size for the position, standing at 6’2 with long arms. He’ll have to get a bit heavier as he’s only 180 pounds at the time. This isn’t a player that will be able to provide an instant impact, but with time he could definitely become a solid member of the secondary. Having Jimmy as a teammate certainly helps, there’s another tall corner to look up to and learn from. He’ll have to be coached up as far as technique goes, but he’ll be in a great situation to learn from other talented DBs on the roster.
Nick Boyle – 5th Round, 35th pick
Boyle will be joining an exciting battle in the tight end competition, obviously Maxx Williams will have a good opportunity to win the starting job, but Crockett Gilmore can’t be ruled out either. That also means there will be a competition for the number two spot on the position depth chart. Boyle is yet another player with good size for the position, stands 6’4, 268. He’s far heavier than Williams and isn’t exactly allergic to making plays, he showed the ability to make catches up the seams at Delaware. For someone at that weight, he’s surprisingly comfortable operating in space. It’s up to him to make noise in the position battle, but it’s mostly wide open with the injury to Pitta.
Myers, like Boyle is another small school prospect with the hopes of making the Ravens final 53. Even though he’s from a smaller school, Myers enters the league as a very technically sound offensive guard. He’ll benefit from the professional level weight training, but he’s an impressive specimen at 6’5, 326 pounds. As his body continues to mature, he could be come a great option for Baltimore in terms of depth up front. Great value in this pick by Baltimore.
Darren Waller – 6th Round, 28th pick
Another pass catcher out of Georgia Tech’s triple option offense, Waller has great size like his predecessors. He’s not nearly as polished as those players though, but he’s impressive from an athletic stand point. Standing 6’6 at 238 pounds, Waller has the ability to stretch a defense. He’s extremely raw from the technical aspects of the position as expected, but with the proper coaching he could become a great redzone option at the least. If he can develop properly, a duo of him and Perriman on the perimeter plus Flacco’s arm would be extremely dangerous. Temper the enthusiasm as it should take him some time before he’s ready to contribute, his development will be worth keeping an eye on.
Ozzie Newsome and the Baltimore Ravens had an impressive draft haul, continuing their tradition of reloading versus rebuilding. There’s players that will contribute from Day 1 in this class and several others that should flourish three years from now.
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