- By Mike Wilson
Baltimore Ravens Mock Draft
This is the latest Mock Draft for the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens will give Lamar Jackson some weapons including a legit WR1.
Round 1 Pick 22: WR Zay Flowers – Boston College
Let’s face it, the Ravens will want to make Lamar Jackson happy this season in hopes of improving their chances of reaching an extended contract. Zay Flowers would provide Jackson with one of the best receivers in the Draft. Flowers is extremely dangerous in the open field. He has great vision as a ball carrier, and should make some noise with the Ravens.
From Lance Zierlein (NFL Analyst) – Slot target who plays with unbridled energy and immense confidence. Flowers is slightly built but can side-step press and fly into action with above-average acceleration and an attacking demeanor. Flowers has a tendency to rush his routes, but his ability to play with speed and move with athleticism makes him hard to read for defenders. His ball skills will shine brightly at times, but frustrating drops come with the package. Flowers has the skill set to become a valuable playmaker as a pro.
Round 3 Overall Pick 86: ED Nick Herbig – Wisconsin
Nick Herbig is a very good in zone coverage. He accelerates very quickly and has the ability to get into the backfield often. Herbig will help the Ravens pass rush at either EDGE or outside LB.
From Lance Zierlein (NFL Analyst) – A three-year starter as a 3-4 outside linebacker, Herbig is lacking in size and strength but possesses plenty of athleticism and potential. He can be a slippery rusher with subtle hands and a wicked inside move that leaves tackles in the mud. His lack of play strength limits his speed-to-power rush and his ability to stand his ground against tackles looking to widen him off the mark. He would benefit from a year in the weight room to get ready for NFL edge work, but he might have the instincts and athletic ability for consideration as an off-ball linebacker.
Round 4 Overall Pick 125: CB Jakorian Bennett – Maryland
Jakorian Bennett ran an impressive 4.30 sec 40-Yard Dash at the NFL Combine. Bennett is a very gifted athlete that should do well in the Ravens secondary.
From Lance Zierlein (NFL Analyst) – High-cut cornerback who is more of a catch-challenger than an instinctive ballhawk. The high passes defensed total is an example of how aggressive Bennett is at the catch point, and he’s clearly effective at tilting the 50/50 ball in his favor. However, his coverage tends to lack the needed anticipation and discipline to stay connected to NFL route runners. He has good size, but his coverage strength is a mix and match of man and zone with both featuring inconsistencies that will likely follow him into an NFL camp.
Round 5 Overall Pick 158: RB DeWayne McBride – UAB
The Ravens running back room seems prone to injuries, so adding a RB here could help their overall RB depth.
From Lance Zierlein (NFL Analyst) – Productive runner with the physical/athletic attributes that could create an upward trajectory in the right situation. McBride is experienced and comfortable running in all blocking schemes. He’s smooth-hipped and runs with a good blend of shiftiness, and power. He would benefit from a quicker tempo and decisiveness inside. He must eliminate ball security issues or he could end up falling out of favor quickly. McBride’s lack of third down value could hurt his draft slotting, but his upside is worth a Day 3 selection.