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Potential NFL Draft Scenario For Ravens: Offensive Lineman

April 22, 2018
If the Baltimore Ravens draft an offensive lineman in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, how would that selection shape the look of the team's picks in the second and third rounds?

This exercise assumes the Ravens make no trades in the first round and stick with the No. 16 overall pick. The Ravens' top needs are wide receiver, tight end, linebacker and offensive line, so this is one potential scenario.


If the Ravens select an offensive lineman at No. 16, who could it be?

Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
McGlinchey started at right tackle for one year when 2016 Ravens first-round pick Ronnie Stanley played left tackle. McGlinchey plays hard through the whistle with a mean streak.

James Daniels, C, Iowa
A two-year starter in Iowa's pro-style offense, Daniels is equally solid in run blocking and pass protection.

Isaiah Wynn, OL, Georgia
A versatile lineman, Wynn started at center, guard and tackle during his three years at Georgia. He attacks the second level well at guard and is very athletic.


The Ravens could target a linebacker, tight end or wide receiver in Round 2. Here are some options for each position of need in the second round.


Malik Jefferson, Texas
Darius Leonard, South Carolina State
Josey Jewell, Iowa

Both Leonard and Jefferson can play inside or outside. Either would be a nice addition next to Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley, and I believe both are better coverage players than Mosley. Jewell is a three-time Big Ten All-Academic selection and the 2017 Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year. He would be great next to Mosley, and if the Ravens lose Mosley to free agency, Jewell could fill the void easily.

Tight End

Mark Andrews, Oklahoma
Mike Gesicki, Penn State
Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State 
Hayden Hurst, South Carolina

Tight ends are a tough group in 2018, as one or two could go in the first round of the draft, or none could be selected just as easily. I think one will get selected in the first round, and there are positives and negatives with each player. Hurst will be 25 years old when he plays his first NFL snap, but he may be the most complete tight end in this year's class. Gesicki was an athletic freak at the NFL Combine, but his game tape didn't match. Goedert could be the best of the group, but his level of competition in college could come into question. Andrews could be the best pass catcher of the group, but he won't block much.

Wide Receiver

Wide receiver is another very deep position in the 2018 NFL Draft, which is great for the Ravens. If the Ravens decide to pass on, or miss out on Alabama's Calvin Ridley, SMU's Courtland Sutton or Maryland's DJ Moore in Round 1, there is plenty of talent to be found in Round 2. 

Anthony Miller, Memphis
Christian Kirk, Texas A&M
Dante Pettis, Washington
James Washington, Oklahoma

I can see as many as six to eight wide receivers being selected in Round 2. Miller and Pettis were extremely productive in college. Kirk may be the best route runner in the draft, and Washington could be the vertical threat the Ravens need. 


Again, the Ravens could target a linebacker, tight end or wide receiver in Round 3. Here are some options for each position of need in the third round.


Christian Sam, Arizona State
Fred Warner, BYU
Shaquem Griffin, Central Florida

Sam does well in space and is a sure-handed tackler who should be a weak side linebacker. Warner played both in and out of the box at BYU. He has excellent cover skills and is very instinctive. Griffin is great in coverage and a true ball-hawking player.

Tight End

Ian Thomas, Indiana
Chris Herndon, Miami
Tony Fumagalli, Wisconsin

Thomas is raw but athletic and a matchup nightmare in the seam. He is a willing blocker who must improve his technique. Herndon had knee surgery in late November. He is a solid blocker with inconsistent ball skills. The 2017 Big Ten Tight End of the Year, Fumagalli has excellent hands and ball skills, but he needs to add some bulk for the NFL game.

Wide Receiver

If the Ravens wait until the third round to address the wide receiver position, there will still be plenty of talent available.

Michael Gallup, Colorado State
Daurice Fountain, Northern Iowa
Tre'Quan Smith, Central Florida

The third round is a sort of dead zone for wide receivers this year, as Gallup could be a second rounder and Fountain seems like a fourth rounder to me, but both could end up going in the third round. Smith has excellent size and has shown to be a downfield playmaker. He will need to improve his route running. Fountain is the most intriguing to me, with his size (6-foot-1) and speed (4.46 40-yard dash), plus his excellent performance during East-West Shrine week has him shooting up draft boards. 

Overall: If the Ravens select an offensive lineman in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, they can still address their biggest needs in Rounds 2 and 3. They should come away with three impact players ready to help the team right away.

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