The NFL Scouting Combine is in the books. Players have been hit with (or in some surprising cases not hit with) franchise tags. We're less than a week away from the start of the legal tampering period, which means we're a few days removed from the start of the actual tampering period. You guys,
stuff is happening.
So here we go with Week Three's rankings.
10. Ravens free-agent center Ryan Jensen (Last week: unranked)
Oddly, Oklahoma offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr.'s disastrous week at the NFL Combine doesn't make me think it's impossible that he still ends up being drafted by the Ravens -- even in the first round. The combine is just not the be-all end-all that so many fans think it is. Brown's game film is still very impressive. But for now, I'm distancing myself. Let's say the Ravens return with Alex Lewis as their right tackle next season. Having Matt Skura slide in at left guard and Jensen stay at center sounds pretty good to me. But my gut says there will still be too many dollar signs at stake for this to happen.
9. Memphis wide receiver Anthony Miller (No. 8)
I can't shake my fascination with Miller. He did the second-most bench press reps of any receiver at the combine. Last year, Memphis had a 130.0 passer rating when he was targeted, according to Pro Football Focus. And after I showed you his
highlights against UCLA
last time, this time you should look at his
tape against UConn
. If you don't like former Maryland football coach Randy Edsall, you'll have the added bonus of watching him get throttled.
8. Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin (unranked)
Remember when the Ravens drafted Navy quarterback turned receiver/returner Keenan Reynolds in 2016 and
some idiot on the internet
called it the "greatest draft pick the Ravens have ever made?" My point was that I thought little of what the Ravens might do with a sixth-round pick and was happy they spent it on a player who was immediately the most popular on the team and might have some upside. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. There have been folks talking about the possibility of Griffin (the combine star who has only one hand) suddenly being a high-to-mid-round pick. I'll believe it when I see it. But if he's there later in the draft, he'll be your favorite Raven from Day 1.
7. Jaguars free-agent wide receiver Marqise Lee (unranked)
I keep re-thinking which receiver I like the most from the second tier of free agents. I still think there might be something to be found from Terrelle Pryor or Donte Moncrief if they'd be willing to take a short-term deal in Baltimore (big if). But Lee is the guy who looks like he might be able to outperform the next contract he gets. He's been pretty productive the last couple of years, despite having Blake Bortles as his quarterback. He's not a singular answer, but he's really intriguing.
6. Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith (No. 6)
He reminded everyone that he was super fast at the combine when a recorded a 4.51-second time in the 40-yard dash. He's been incredibly productive. His tape is absurd. (
Here are his highlights
from the Rose Bowl against Oklahoma). I don't think it would be smart to take a linebacker in the first round of the draft. But boy is it hard to not be interested in Smith.
5. Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley (No. 2)
I get it. You don't "love" anything about Ridley. It's understandable. His size doesn't demand him being an early draft pick. His speed doesn't either. His stats are by no means eye-popping. But I still feel like he's good enough in all of these areas with a pro-ready ability to compete, and if he's sitting there at 16 it would be hard for me not to take him.
4. Maryland wide receiver DJ Moore (No. 3)
had an excellent weekend at the combine
. Combining that with the fact that receivers tend to be over-valued in the draft, I have no real feel as to exactly where he ends up being taken. I don't feel good at all that he'll be there when the Ravens pick in the second round, but I'm not totally certain he isn't a top 16 pick overall. If he was two inches taller -- he's 6-foot -- he might make it out of the top 10. There's just so much to like here.
3. Seahawks free-agent tight end Jimmy Graham (No. 1)
The conversation surrounding Graham right now all seems to be centered on the possibility of him going back to New Orleans. It's absolutely a fascinating thought. But I'm still on board that even at a costly price, the Ravens would spend their money well on Graham.
2. Eagles free-agent tight end Trey Burton (No. 4)
With that said, I've zeroed in on Burton as the guy whose signing is the perfect combination of exciting and realistic. Burton just looks like a Raven to me. The biggest issue is that Burton looks like he'll draw interest from ... all of the teams. He's the guy you're looking for in free agency. He's the right age, he's probably not going to cost you $10 million a year and he might prove to be an absolute steal once he becomes the focal tight end in your offense. I'd push hard for him.
1. Jaguars free-agent wide receiver Allen Robinson (unranked)
This is weird. Until the weekend, the assumption remained that the Jaguars would use the franchise tag on Robinson if they couldn't work out a long-term deal. You can't help but wonder if there's a concern about his torn ACL that made them balk at potentially establishing his target annual salary at the $16 million level of the tag. But Robinson is truly the goods and ends up being the one receiver to reach free agency that is worth breaking the bank for. The Ravens have broken the bank for a free-agent receiver all of no times in their history (Derrick Mason being the closest they've come to that) but desperate times, man.