Baltimore Ravens 2015 Picks
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  • What he brings: On the one hand, Perriman is an outstanding big-play threat with his combination of size and speed, and he brought down a lot of really difficult catches on 50-50 balls. On the other hand, his 14 percent college drop percentage is a major red flag when combined with the issues he had catching some routine passes on tape. The upside is there with him, but so is the risk.

    How he fits: After losing Torrey Smith to San Francisco, the Ravens were in dire need of finding a big-play, vertical threat on the outside. Perriman fits the bill, as his size-and-speed combination tailor very well with QB Joe Flacco's arm under first-year offensive coordinator Mark Trestman, who likes to dial up plenty of vertical shots off of play-action.
  • What he brings: He's the best tight end in this class. He has excellent ball skills and enough speed to stretch the seam vertically, and he generally does a good job of separating from coverage. He gives good effort as a blocker but does better in space than when lined up on the line.

    How he fits: The Ravens continue to add weapons for Joe Flacco. With Owen Daniels leaving via free agency and Dennis Pitta missing the majority of the past two seasons with a hip injury, Williams has the size and athleticism to flourish with Flacco, who is at his best when he has a big target down the middle of the field.

  • What he brings: He'd be much higher up in these rankings were it not for significant concerns about his effort level. He has an outstanding combination of height, weight, length and athleticism. He is very disruptive against the run and as a pass-rusher with his quickness and strength, and he can play multiple positions in multiple defensive fronts. But his motor is very up and down.

    How he fits: The Ravens have stockpiled defensive linemen in recent years, as Davis is the 12th they've selected in the past six drafts. Davis provides depth left by the departure of Haloti Ngata and will bolster Baltimore's interior and help them continue to be stout against the run, as they ranked fourth in rush defense last season.

  • What he brings: Smith is not a great athlete and won't pose a threat as a speed rusher in the NFL, but he can still pressure the quarterback with his impressive power and relentless motor. He has the size and strength to set the edge against the run, and he can contribute at multiple spots along the defensive line.

  • What he brings: His specialty is as a downhill runner, but he also showed a good sense for identifying cutback lanes and displayed good patience in setting up his blocks and acceleration in exploding through the hole. He's capable of being a three-down back in the NFL, given his pass-catching ability.

  • What he brings: Walker is a long cornerback with adequate fluidity and very good range. He is at his best in press technique where he can use his length to get his hands on receivers and disrupt their timing. He needs work with technique, but has a high ceiling as a developmental prospect.

  • What he brings: Boyle is a team captain whose toughness and physicality jumped out during the week of the Senior Bowl and on the 2014 Pittsburgh tape. He's a throwback Y or blocking tight end that gets his hands inside, presses defenders off his frame and flashes the ability to move his assignment off the ball. He also gets into position and anchors well enough in pass protection. While he's not a big-play threat, he has the frame, wide catching radius and big hands to develop into a reliable target underneath.

  • What he brings: Myers is a relatively raw prospect who didn't play football until his junior year of high school and didn't have to play with sound technique to excel at the FCS level. He'll have to play with better leverage, improve his ability to pick up pressure packages in pass protection and improve his hand placement as a run-blocker to succeed at the NFL level. However, he has the long arms, big frame and enough foot speed to turn into a starter if a team is willing to take the time to develop him.

  • What he brings: At 6-6 and 238 pounds, Waller has exceptional size and length to create mismatches down the field in one-on-one contested situations. Coming from the triple-option scheme, he will need time developing the full route tree and has the size to potentially transition to a tight end position at the next level.