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Marino | Baltimore Ravens draft class reaction

APR 27 2017 NFL Draft
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Marino | Baltimore Ravens draft class reaction

Over the course of May, both Kyle Crabbs and I will be assessing each team’s specific Draft class. The objective here is to identify value: where it was best and where it was worst. NDT Premium members will soon be able to access the comprehensive breakdowns of draft classes as well, which looks at the pick by pick breakdown of value across our respective 2017 NFL Draft boards. Today I look at the Baltimore Ravens.

The full list of their 2017 NFL Draft class is below:

Selection Position Player School
16 CB Marlon Humphrey Alabama
47 LB Tyus Bowser Houston
74 5T Chris Wormley Michigan
78 EDGE Tim Williams Alabama
122 G Nico Siragusa San Diego State
159 OT Jermaine Eluemunor Texas A&M
186 DB Chuck Clark Virginia Tech

 

Best Value:  OT Jermaine Eluemunor, Texas A&M

Jermaine Eluemunor is a massive, powerful, and athletic tackle who is just discovering how good of a football player he can be after moving to the United States from England at age 14. A wrestler and rugby player, Eluemunor did not play his first football season until his senior season of high school.

As a run blocker, Eluemunor has violent hand strikes and knows how to leverage his hips and drive his feet to move people against their will. He is solid in space when pulling and sealing at the second level, and plays with good overall timing. As a pass blocker, Eluemunor knows how to attack rushers to take away their landmarks and has a powerful anchor. He easily absorbs and redirects power and has good overall movement skills.

There are some technical issues with his pass set angles and the carrying of his hands, but this is a high-ceiling player who has the upside of a high-level starter at right tackle. My 70th overall player in the class is tremendous value at pick 159 given his skill set and upside.

Worst Value:  EDGE Tim Williams, Alabama

Williams has been a stand out situational pass rusher for the Crimson Tide and he projects to do the same at the next level. He has natural explosiveness out of his stance and takes great paths to the quarterback. His pass rush variety is solid, and he knows how to counter and set up his pass rush moves.

It will be a tall order for him to set the edge and squeeze gaps against NFL offensive tackles at 244 pounds.

The overarching concerns include the reported drug issues and his willingness to be reliable and play by the rules. If he puts those issues behind him, he has immense pass rushing potential. For me, Williams is poor value because the combination of a small frame, limited skill set and off-the-field issues hurt his grade. The Ravens could end up being the perfect destination for Williams to hit his ceiling but he is a gamble I am uncomfortable with.

Potential Suprise:  DL Chris Wormley

Wormley offers an exciting blend of power, technique, and versatility. Wormley has the length and power to win on the outside as a 5-technique in a 3-4 alignment. He can also work inside as a pass rusher where his hand technique, strength, and effort will allow him to attack interior gaps effectively. Wormley lacks twitch and flexibility, but those issues are mitigated by where he wins and where he will play. Wormley should challenge for early playing time and become an eventual starter with considerable upside.

It’s not truly going out on a limb to say that an early third round pick could surprise but Wormley was the 29th overall player on my draft board and I think he will be an outstanding pro.

 

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Joe Marino

Marino began his career as the Assistant Editor for USA Today Digital Properties Draft Sites Network in 2011. A member of the FWAA, Marino writes about the NFL, College Football and NFL Draft for FanRag Sports.

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