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Evaluating The Baltimore Ravens' 2017 NFL Draft Picks And Undrafted Free Agents

May 1, 2017
Round 1, Pick 16: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

What the Experts Say: "Talented height-weight-speed prospect who comes from NFL bloodlines. Might need time for his technique to catch up with his traits. Coverage inconsistencies could cause him to struggle against quality competition early on, but his mental makeup and recovery talent should help him pull through. Has the instincts and run-support skills to become an early starter for a zone-cover defense, but it will be hard for teams looking for a lockdown, man corner to pass on all of those physical gifts early in the draft." -- Lance Zierlein

KZ Says: Humphrey was a top five cornerback in this year's draft, a top 15 player on some boards and at least a top 25 on others. When you factor in all the players who could have been dropped for off-the-field or medical issues -- like John Ross, Jabrill Peppers, Reuben Foster, Jonathan Allen and Gareon Conley, to name a few -- I do find it possible Humphrey was a top 15 player on the Ravens' board. What we don't know is why they passed on Alabama tight end O.J. Howard. If Howard becomes the once-in-a-generation talent that some predict, it's a significant mistake by the Ravens.

Round 2, Pick 15 (47 overall): Tyus Bowser, OLB, Houston 

What the Experts Say: "He's Haason Reddick, but not as polished. On first down, he can play off the line of scrimmage. In sub-packages, he's a joker, he's a real good chess piece. His best football is ahead of him." -- Mike Mayock

KZ Says: I love this kid. I had him as a possible late first-round player. The Ravens needed to get younger and more dynamic on the edge and replace Elvis Dumervil and eventually Terrell Suggs. They did that with this pick. 

Round 3, Pick 10 (74 overall): Chris Wormley, DE, Michigan 

What the Experts Say:
"Obviously you have the connection with the Harbaugh brothers here. Chris Wormley is somebody made to be a five-technique at the next level. You're gonna put him over at tackle and ask him to sit there and hold the point of attack with your length and strength and be able to push the pocket as a pass rusher. He's a really, really good value pick." -- Charles Davis

KZ Says: I agree with Davis; this is another solid pick, and a player I had a second-round grade on. I love his tape, and he will step right in to replace the departed Lawrence Guy and Timmy Jernigan. Line him up next to nose tackle Brandon Williams, and the two could be dynamic. The Ravens continued the trend of getting younger and more athletic. I think the Ravens had other guys in mind with this pick, but the four picks ahead of them turned them in Wormley's direction. 

Round 3, Pick 14 (78 overall): Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama
 
What the Experts Say:
"He's got a devastating inside counter move. A fast-twitch player. Double-digit sack potential. This guy, a lot of people think a lot of him in terms of ability to put pressure off that edge." -- Brian Billick

KZ Says: Williams has first-round talent and may be the most dynamic pass rusher in the draft. He has off-the-field issues (multiple failed drug tests), but if he can stay out of trouble on the field, it's an absolute steal of a pick.

Round 4, Pick 15 (122 overall): Nico Siragusa, OG, San Diego St. 

What the Experts Say: "The Ravens ranked 28th in rushing YPG in 2016. Siragusa is a run-blocking specialist (watch some Donnel Pumphrey tape) with starting ability. Strong value pick in the fourth round." --Mark Dulgerian

"Three-year starter with a penchant for power, but lacking the functional lateral movement to do consistent work outside of his phone booth. Has an NFL-ready frame with the ability to open holes for the running back but will likely appeal to power teams only. Pass protection could be a recurring issue early in his career." -- Lance Zierlein

KZ Says: At some point in this draft, the Ravens needed to address the offensive line. I like this kid's tape, but he is more road grinder than a pass blocker right now. He would not be a candidate to play right tackle, and the Ravens trying to make him into a center seems odd because he never played the position in college. 

Round 5, Pick 15 (159 overall): Jermaine Eluemunor, OG, Texas A&M 

What the Experts Say: "Eluemunor is a massive and naturally powerful individual who plays with quality balance. Has experience lining up at right tackle and guard, where he will likely end up finding a home in the NFL. He only started playing football as a junior in high school and his best football appears to be ahead of him." -- Kevin Weidl

KZ Says: This was a target of mine on Day Three, as I had him as a third-round player. Texas A&M coaches love this kid and think he can be a star at the NFL level. That's good enough for me, as it seems like an offensive line factory right now. He will take some time to continue to learn this game, but in a year where the talent along the offensive line was weak, this was a terrific find by the Ravens in the fifth round. 

Round 6, Pick 2 (186overall): Chuck Clark, DB, Virginia Tech 

What the Experts Say: "A team captain and three-year starter at Virginia Tech, Clark is an interchangeable safety and reliable run-defender with average size and above-average length. He also has the athletic ability and range to hold up in coverage, but he's not a playmaker yet." -- Steve Muench

KZ Says: This is a typical late-round defensive back pick by the Ravens. I would have preferred they go for a wide receiver or playmaker here. It will be tough for Clark to make the team. 

Undrafted free agents the Ravens will reportedly sign:
Quincy Adeboyejo, WR , Mississippi (Ran 4.42 40-yard dash)
Kenny Allen, P, Michigan
C.J. Board, WR, Chattanooga 
Bam Bradley, LB, Pittsburgh 
Omarius Bryant, DE, Western Kentucky
Taquan Mizzell, RB, Virginia 
Ricky Ortiz, TE, Oregon State
Tim Patrick, WR, Utah (6-foot-4 and ran a 4.47 40-yard dash)
Bobby Puyol, K, Connecticut 
Zach Terrell, QB, Western Michigan
Tim White, WR/RS, Arizona State
Andrew Wylie, OL, Eastern Michigan

KZ's final take: Like many, I like the players individually the Ravens selected in the draft. The lack of offensive playmakers is going to be debated all season long if the Ravens struggle on that side of the ball. On the other hand, the defense should be much improved and with more depth -- if these rookies can play significant roles in 2017 and the players drafted last year are healthy and take another step forward. Time will tell.