How will the Ravens use their picks in the 2017 NFL draft? We’re breaking down every selection below.
Coming off an 8–8 campaign, the Ravens are looking to improve their roster going into the 2017 season. How will they use their picks in the NFL draft? We’re breaking down every selection below.
Here's the full list of picks the Ravens hold in the 2017 draft, which will be updated as each selection is made.
Round 1, Pick 16 (No. 16 overall)
Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama: Cornerback was a need for the Ravens, even after they signed Brandon Carr this off-season. Was it more of a need than other spots on the field, like offensive tackle or pass rusher? Was Humprey a better value than, say, a tumbling O.J. Howard? It doesn’t feel like it right away. Humphrey fits the physical prototype at cornerback, but he has a lot of technique clean-up to do before he can be trusted by his lonesome vs. premier NFL receivers. The ceiling is high, without question, but how long will it take him to get there? Ozzie Newsome has been known as a staunch best-player-available GM come draft time. Not sure he hit that mark here. GRADE: C
Round 2, Pick 15 (No. 47)
Tyus Bowser, OLB, Houston: The Ravens had the chance to nab a pass rusher in Round 1, but went with CB Marlon Humphrey instead. They addressed their edge situation well here, as Bowser has the potential to be an explosive OLB in Baltimore’s system. He only just now appears to be starting to unlock his capabilities, so the future should be very bright. Grade: A-
Round 3, Pick 10 (No. 74)
Chris Wormley, DE, Michigan: There are times when players just look like they belong on a certain roster. That’s the case here with Wormley, a hard-nosed defender who can make noise inside or outside. Maybe not necessarily a steal here, but certainly a strong value—Wormley is a top-50 player in this class. Grade: A-
Round 3, Pick 14 (No. 78)
Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama: Four picks, four defensive players for Baltimore GM Ozzie Newsome. Certainly can’t blame him for doubling down at OLB—Terrell Suggs is nearing the end of his career and Elvis Dumervil’s contract ran out after the ‘16 season. Williams was a pass rush-only player for much of his Alabama career and might be again, but he’s exceptional in that role. Grade: A-
Round 4, Pick 15 (No. 122) Nico Siragusa, G, San Diego State
Round 5, Pick 15 (No. 159) Jermaine Eluemunor, OT, Texas A&M
Round 6, Pick 2 (No. 186) Chuck Clark, DB, Virginia Tech