The 2018 NFL Draft is only four days away and with it comes my final seven-round mock draft for the Ravens. I used Fanspeak’s ‘On the Clock tool’ with Matt Miller’s big board.
First-round, 16th overall
Edge Marcus Davenport, UTSA
Usually, I would have went with McGlinchey or Williams and not thought twice about it. However, this time, I decided to test the depth of the tackle class for Baltimore. As for Davenport, he was, without a doubt, the best player on the board. Although, the biggest knock on him is that he is a rather raw prospect. In college, he relied a lot on his size and athleticism, but in the NFL, he needs to add more moves to his arsenal. Nevertheless, if he is properly developed, Davenport could be a top-tier pass-rusher.
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How Chubb can help the Colts
The Indianapolis Colts greatest defensive need is the ability to generate a consistent pass rush. They have not been able to generate regular pressure on the quarterback since Robert Mathis tore his Achilles tendon early in 2014.
Chris Ballard added some players to the roster last year who did help get something going. While John Simon, Jabaal Sheard, and even Tarrell Basham weren’t particularly adept at producing sacks — they did generate pressure and make some big plays. What Ballard needs now is a player who can lead the charge and command a lot of attention from the opponent’s offensive line. He needs someone that the opponent will have to game plan against if they hope to stop him.
Moving along through the Cowboys needs, we come to the offensive line and have to ask: What is the plan for this draft? Will the Cowboys snag a sure-fire starting guard at 19 or 50? Will they see too much value in possibly taking a tackle which would likely force La’el Collins back to guard?
Much like we did with wide receivers and linebackers, we would like to give you another comprehensive look at the pros versus the cons with these offensive lineman prospects. Check out the list of notable prospects, most on this list had some form of visit with the Cowboys. If you see a star by their name, those are prospects that project to be offensive tackles. Also, keep in mind, we chose bench, short shuttle and three cone numbers to give you an idea not only how strong these guys are but their agility as well.
Bengals schedule good for Joe MixonWhen taking a look at the Cincinnati Bengals regular season schedule, it appears that running back Joe Mixon has one of, if not the easiest, schedules among running backs based on last year’s stats. Outside of the Indianapolis Colts in week one, Cincinnati faces all top half of the league in run defenses from last year in their first six weeks. Three of those teams including the Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers, and Atlanta Falcons ranked among the top 10 teams against the run in 2017.
Looking at the Bengals toughest obstacles in 2018Last week we found out who the Cincinnati Bengals would play in the preseason. Thursday night we found out when the team will play each opponent in the regular season.