Baltimore Ravens Draft Review

2015 NFL Draft Baltimore Ravens

Just like that, the 2015 NFL Draft is over. Here is a review of what the Baltimore Ravens did this weekend.

Baltimore Ravens

Round 1 (Pick #26): WR Breshad Perriman, Central Florida
Round 2 (Pick #55, from Cardinals): TE Maxx Williams, Minnesota
Round 3 (Pick #90): DT Carl Davis, Iowa
Round 4 (Pick #122, from Lions): OLB Za’Darius Smith, Kentucky
Round 4 (Pick #125): RB Javorius “Buck” Allen, USC
Round 4 (Pick #136, compensatory pick): CB Tray Walker, Texas Southern
Round 5 (Pick #171, compensatory pick): TE Nick Boyle, Delaware
Round 5 (Pick #176, compensatory pick): G Robert Myers, Tennessee State
Round 6 (Pick #204, from Cowboys): WR Darren Waller, Georgia Tech

Best Pick: TE Maxx Williams, 2nd round
With Dennis Pitta‘s future unclear due to a hip injury that could end his career, the Ravens had to add another tight end in the draft. Williams was the clear-cut top tight end in this weak tight end class. Some people projected him to go in the first round, but Baltimore nabbed him late in the second round after trading a fifth round pick to Arizona to move ahead of the Pittsburgh Steelers to draft him. Williams is likely going to be a day one starter.

Worst Pick: CB Tray Walker, 4th round
Walker is a good sleeper cornerback, but the fourth round does seem to be a little early for him. Obviously, this is nitpicking, but I really liked what the Ravens were able to do with their draft this year. There was no standout pick that I didn’t like. The secondary was a weakness entering the draft so it was surprising to see the Ravens wait until the end of the fourth round to address it.

Grade: A-
As a whole, Baltimore did a very good job with this draft. Quarterback Joe Flacco has to be happy as the first two picks are new targets for him to throw to. Carl Davis in the third round was amazing value, as he has the potential to be one of the best defensive linemen in the draft. The later rounds saw some prospects from small schools, but all of them are talented. My only complaint is that they waited until the fourth round to address a leaky secondary.

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