Well, it only took a week for some major shakeups in my
Ravens offseason wish list power rankings
. With the Dolphins placing the franchise tag on receiver Jarvis Landry and the Jaguars expected to do the same with Allen Robinson (if they can't work out a deal), both fall of my list. I've also convinced myself that Matt Skura would do just fine at center next year, and there's no reason the Ravens should pay Ryan Jensen the type of money it would cost to keep him around.
So here we go with Week Two's rankings. Covet like a champion today.
10. Richmond quarterback Kyle Lauletta (Last week: Unranked)
The son of a former Navy football player and the Senior Bowl MVP,
Lauletta recently told Glenn Clark Radio
that being drafted to learn behind Joe Flacco would be a "dream come true." If he falls out of the first three rounds (and that's a huge question), he'd make a lot of sense for a team that needs a backup quarterback.
9. LSU wide receiver D.J. Chark (unranked)
Chark is difficult to figure out. There's no doubting his speed. NFL Network analyst
Charles Davis recently offered high praise on Glenn Clark Radio
: "I saw a guy who can run routes. I saw a guy who found a way to get himself uncovered downfield. I saw a guy who could take the top off of a defense. ... I'm very convinced that his pro production is going to blow away his college production." The issue? His hands. And since we still have Breshad Perriman-itis in Baltimore, that's tough to overcome, making it difficult to fully embrace Chark.
8. Memphis wide receiver Anthony Miller (unranked)
If Anthony Miller were 2 inches taller, I'd probably be in full-on man crush mode. But even at 5-foot-11, I can't help but be fascinated by the possibility of what he could add to the Baltimore offense. Did you see
his performance against UCLA
this season? Miller plays bigger than his size and could prove to be a terrifically reliable target at the next level.
7. Redskins free-agent wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (unranked)
Fact: Pryor had a really disappointing season on a "prove-it" contract with the Redskins.
Opinion: Everything about the Redskins is a total mess, and the situation may have impacted him.
Fact: Pryor is big (6-foot-4), fast and posted a 1,000-yard season the year before in Cleveland.
Opinion: He probably wants another one-year "prove-it" deal this season, and if you think the Ravens are the place a player wants to go to prove himself, you probably also believed King T'Challa really lost that challenge in "Black Panther." (That's a tough joke to deliver without also providing spoilers.)
6. Georgia inside linebacker Roquan Smith (No. 8)
Few analysts seem to believe Smith can fall past the Raiders with the 10th pick in the draft. But if he does, it will be extremely tempting for the Ravens to land him. They must address pass catching elsewhere for this to be an option, and that looks more and more difficult with the franchise tag news this week.
5. Oklahoma offensive tackle Orlando Brown (No. 6)
NFL Network analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis each have the Ravens taking him with the 16th pick. During a recent
Glenn Clark Radio interview
, Jeremiah compared the possibility of the Ravens adding Brown to what the Eagles have been able to do with Lane Johnson at right tackle. Drafting the son of the former Raven would be far more than an emotional pick.
4. Eagles free-agent tight end Trey Burton (No. 9)
Burton is the biggest riser in my group because he seems to be the player who could be most cost-effective with the highest ceiling in free agency. I'm just not in love with Indianapolis Colts free-agent receiver Donte Moncrief or Seattle Seahawks free-agent receiver Paul Richardson (although they could become more appealing as more dominoes potentially fall). Burton has been good and could be even better as a more focal part of an offense. Of course, while I don't think the cost would be insane right now, there are probably a handful of teams that are thinking the same way I am.
3. Maryland wide receiver D.J. Moore (No. 3)
After putting Moore third on my list a week ago, nothing has happened to change my mind about his ability at the next level. NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang pointed out that the Terps called a number of bubble screens for him last season and an NFL team probably wouldn't use him the same way given his size. That's not unfair. But everyone who watched him during the last few years knows he's capable of doing so much more than that.
2. Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley (No. 2)
The best argument I've heard regarding why the Ravens shouldn't draft Ridley 16th overall (if he's available) is something along the lines of him not being "special." There's maybe some validity to that. But he was highly productive despite never having a quality quarterback in three years at Alabama, and he seems to be capable of doing anything a receiver may be asked to do. He's absolutely worthy of the 16th pick and might be worthy of moving up to get him.
1. Seahawks free-agent tight end Jimmy Graham (No. 5)
This will be a controversial choice. I'm aware that Graham will cost a lot of money and his production has dipped since arriving in Seattle. But the Ravens need to find players who can do things better than other players. At the absolute worst, Graham would give them one of the best red-zone targets in all of football. Longtime ESPN personality (and current ESPN Radio Seattle host)
John Clayton told Glenn Clark Radio
this week that his biggest issue has been blocking, which was never Dennis Pitta's strong suit either and he thrived in the Ravens' offense. He also said Graham was capable of being a "devastating" matchup. Give me that.
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