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Ravens Draft: Value At OLB

Ravens Draft: Value At Outside Linebackers

While free agency continues on with a frenzy of panicking teams breaking their banks to land “a great player,” the draft is not too far off. The biggest need is replacing guard Ben Grubbs. The Ravens are already working on bringing in a player (Evan Mathis) to fill Grubbs vacancy.  After free agency we can get back to thinking about how the Ravens will attack the draft board in the first round.

In the meantime, the Ravens will be focused on adding depth to the linebacking core. Ozzie Newsome and company have excelled at finding talent in the draft and many times signing undrafted talent to infuse into the Ravens 3-4 scheme.

Past Round One Value: 

There will be some good prospects on the board past round one for the Ravens to snatch up. Here’s just a few to keep an eye on:


Ronnell Lewis DE/OLB, Oklahoma 

A passionate football player who loves to leave it all on the field…a coach’s dream with his willingness to play special teams….has an explosive first step…love the way he comes off the ball showcases speed and power that make you want to watch it over and over again…never stopping motor to get after the QB…“— Scouting Report 

Projected Round: 2

Jake Bequette, DE/OLB, Arkansas

He possesses the strength to rush and set the edge and hold his ground in the run game, where he can battle well against bigger linemen and chase hard until the end of the play. He is a solid tackler once around the ball, and pursues plays from the backside with high effort and consistency. His versatility across the line gives him good value for NFL teams, especially those running a 3-4.”  Scouting Report

Projected Round: 3

Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State

Extremely athletic player who will burst off the tape at times and make everyone else look as if they’re in slow motion...look for creative defensive coordinators to watch McClellin’s game tape, get big cake-eating grins, start planning how best to use this second-round prospect, and turn him into a first-level quarterback disruptor.” Scouting Report

Projected Round: 3

 

Jonathan Massaquoi, OLB/DE, Troy

“Impressive motor; fights through the whistle and is very active throughout the play. Decent speed and athleticism for a linebacker; definitely looks the part of a 3-4 outside linebacker. Has the speed to make plays in pursuit. Does a nice job shedding blocks; has active hands to fight with more physical offensive tackles. Has a nice array of pass rush moves; rip move seems to be his go-to and is consistently effective.”  Scouting Report

Projected Round: 3-4


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