Baltimore Ravens 2018 NFL Draft Needs
Team Name: Baltimore Ravens
2017 Record: 9-7 (2nd in AFC North)
Key Free Agents: Mike Wallace, Benjamin Watson, Ryan Jensen, Terrance West
2018 Draft Needs: WR, TE, RB, OL
2018 Draft Picks: Round 1 (16th Overall), Round 2 (52nd Overall), Round 3 (83rd Overall), Round 4 (114th Overall), Round 5 (145th Overall), Round 6 (176th Overall), Round 7 (212th Overall)
With Mike Wallace set to hit free agency and the Jeremy Maclin experience looking like it has come to an end, the wide receiver position must be addressed in the 2018 NFL Draft. Baltimore has lacked a true playmaker on the outside for quite some time. After spending a first-round pick on Breshad Perriman out of UCF in 2015 and using the free agency option to add talent to the position with Steve Smith Sr., Mike Wallace, and Jeremy Maclin, the Ravens need to address the position with a young, long-term talent.
Player Fits: Calvin Ridley, Alabama, WR (Round One)
The TE position in Baltimore has been a mess ever since Todd Heap left in 2010. Dennis Pitta’s inability to stay healthy has handcuffed this team to options such as Benjamin Watson who had a surprisingly good season, Maxx Williams a disappointing second-round pick who has only caught two touchdowns in his three-year career, and Crocket Gilmore, who also has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career. The TE class isn’t extremely top heavy, but there are some talented prospects in the mid-round that would fit in nicely with the Baltimore offense.
Player Fits: Mike Gesicki, Penn State, TE (Round Three)
The emergence of Alex Collins at the end of the 2017 NFL Season had to have made the Baltimore front office feel a little bit better about the running back position. With Terrance West set to hit free agency, and Kenneth Dixon coming back from an injury and being suspended twice last season, adding some depth and talent to the position would be a smart idea for the team. In a loaded RB class, the Ravens can find an extremely talented back in the mid rounds who could push Alex Collins for the starting job in year one.
Player Fits: Mark Walton, Miami, RB (Fourth Round)