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Ravens 7-round mock draft | Pre-combine edition

Jon Ledyard

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Nov 11, 2017; Starkville, MS, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Calvin Ridley (3) runs the ball against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the first quarter at Davis Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports
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The Baltimore Ravens don’t have a ton of roster needs, but finding weapons for Joe Flacco has to be of upmost importance for them this offseason. Another linebacker to play next to C.J. Mosley is important as well, while also finding some depth and future starters on the offensive line.

Using the FanSpeak On The Clock Mock Draft Simulator, here is one realistic scenario that would make sense for the Ravens in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Round 1, pick 16: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

General manager Ozzie Newsome plans to step down after the 2018 season concludes, but you know he’s going to want to take one more Alabama player in the first round before riding into the sunset. It’s tough to blame him in this spot, since Ridley is the best wide receiver in the draft and a nuanced playmaker ready to make an impact.

Round 2, pick 52: Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State

There is no point in the Ravens screwing around anymore. They’ve spent a ton of recent picks on defense, now they need to get the other side of the ball rolling and stockpile weapons in the passing game. Baltimore has a ton of tight ends and none of them are the long-term answer at the position. Goedert may not be the fastest pass catcher, but he has exceptional ball skills and would help out significantly in the red zone.

Round 3, pick 83: Alex Cappa, OT, Humboldt State

The Ravens are set at tackle for now, but Baltimore could divorce Austin Howard after this season, and Cappa would be the perfect future starter when the veteran leaves. He’ll have to adapt after moving from the left side, but his ability to find the set point and work powerful strikes into his pass protection is surpassed only by his nastiness and technique in the run game. Cappa may work at guard this season and even start before moving back to tackle in 2019.

Round 3, pick 102: Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina State

Leonard might need a little bit of time to develop, but he is a rangy linebacker with excellent length and the ability to lay big hits when he gets the opportunity. His processing skills are still developing, and I haven’t seen enough reps in man coverage to project him to have a big role there.

Jan 25, 2018; Mobile, AL, USA; South Squad running back Darrel Williams of LSU (left) catches a pass against inside linebacker Darius Leonard of South Carolina St. (50) during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports

Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports

Round 4, pick 120: D.J. Chark, WR, LSU

Chark is a true speedster, and the Ravens have always tried to keep vertical threats in their offense. With Mike Wallace hitting free agency, Jeremy Maclin not impressing last season, and Breshad Perriman facing the possibility of being cut, the Ravens need to stockpile receivers in a big way, and Chark fits what Joe Flacco wants offensively.

Round 5, pick 156: Dominick Sanders, S, Georgia

Sanders may have blown the coverage that cost Georgia the national championship game, but he made plenty of other plays throughout the season that showcased his range and obvious talent. The combine may move him up the board for some teams, but for now he makes sense as a prospect to develop behind Eric Weddle and Tony Jefferson.

Round 6, pick 193: Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida

The Ravens have to be proactive about adding talent at wide receiver, and even the troubled Callaway can’t be out of consideration. Callaway is very talented, but off-field problems have constantly landed him in hot water, to the point where he was kicked off the team this past season at Florida. The Ravens’ stable organization and strong locker room could do wonders for him.

Round 7, pick 238: Sean Welsh, OG, Iowa

The Ravens need some depth at guard, and Welsh is an experienced prospect who can help out in the run game despite some limitations in pass protection.

Jon Ledyard has been writing about the NFL draft for several years now, and is thrilled to be bringing creative content and unique analysis to NDT Scouting. He lives with his wife Brittany and four-month old daughter Caylee in mid-western Pennsylvania. Jon is also the host of the Locked on NFL Draft and Breaking the Plane podcasts, while covering the Steelers for scout.com. The Office, LOST, weightlifting, ultimate frisbee, grilling, Duke basketball, and all Pittsburgh pro sports teams are his greatest passions.

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