*************2016 NFL DRAFT GRADES************

1.6 Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

I am going to judge this pick ignoring the Tunsil situation because the Ravens had Stanley higher on their board. 

Why? The Ravens were gifted the 6th pick in the draft- Just look at what the Titans paid to get to 8! So what do they do? They take the 2nd best OT in the draft. Eh.They do fill a nasty need though

B-

2.42 Kamalei Correa

3.70 Bronson Kaufusi

OVERALL GRADE: A

A VERY VERY good draft from the Ravens. They walked out with three potential starters early, and FIVE possible starters (and steals) out of the 4th round.

*************2015 NFL DRAFT GRADES************

1.26 Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF

They could have picked the 15th best receiver here and I would have still given it a passing grade. The team's receivers going into the draft were 407-year old Steve Smith and Marlon Brown. Barf.

A

2.55 Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota

Awesome pick. He can't block, but he instantly becomes a huge receiving threat for the team.

A

3.90 Carl Davis, DE/DT, Iowa

Davis isn't elite, but he is a steal here for them. 

A

4.122 Za'Darius Smith, DE/LB

4.125 Buck Allen, RB, USC

4.136 Tray Walker, CB, Texas Southern

5.171 Nick Boyle, TE, Delaware

5.176 Robert Myers, OG, Tenn State

6.204 Darren Waller, WR, Georgia Tech

OVERALL GRADE: A

When you can pick late in a round and walk away with the best tight end, the 4th best receiver, and mid-round steals on your defensive line then it is hard to not love it. They get two day one starters and FIVE other guys that will contribute right away. That is unheard of from playoff teams.



*************2014 NFL DRAFT GRADES************
 

1.17 CJ Mosley, MLB, Alabama

Good pick. It isn't a sexy one, but he is a great player with a good skillset.

B+

2.48 Timmy Jernigan, DT, FSU

Jernigan has a ton of potential, but should not have been sitting at pick 48.

A

3.79 Terrence Brooks, S, FSU

The Ravens needed safety help and got some good value here.

B+

3.99 Crockett Gilmore, TE, Colorado State

Gilmore was not a top-100 pick, but tight ends went early which forced positional value.

C

4.134 Brent Urban, DT, Virginia

4.138 Lorenzo Talioferro, RB, Coastal Carolina

5.175 John Urschel, G, Penn State

6.194 Keith Wenning, QB, Ball State

7.218 Michael Campanaro, WR, Wake Forest


OVERALL GRADE: B

I like all of the front level picks for the team. They got good value, and filled some needs. With that said, I do wish that the team would have looked at the offense just a little bit more.

*************2013 NFL DRAFT GRADES************


1.32 Matt Elam, S, Florida

This ended up being one of the easiest picks to predict in the draft. He filled a need, he went to a big name school, and he has the experience to start sooner than later.

B

2.56 Arthur Brown, LB, KSU

Brown could have gone here at the end of the first, so getting him here is great. He is a clean, safe linebacker pick that should see some good playing time.

B+

3.94 Brandon Williams, DE/DT, Missouri Southern State

Williams was arguably the best small school guy in the draft, and they could have gotten a great steal of a pick here. 

B+

4.129 John Simon, DE/DT/LB, Ohio State

4.130 Kyle Juszczyk, FB, Harvard


5.168 Ricky Wagner, OT, Wisconsin

6.200 Kapron Lewis-Moore, DE, Notre Dame

6.203 Ryan Jensen, OT, CSU-Pueblo

7.238 Aaron Mellette, WR, Elon

7.247 Marc Anthony, WR, Cal


OVERALL GRADE: B-

I don't get the love for this draft. The team lost so many weapons this off season that they had to get about four impact starters in this draft. I think that they got 3, but I wish that they had parlayed the 400 picks into some better talents.
  


*************2012 NFL DRAFT GRADES************ 

2.35 Courtney Upshaw, DE/LB, Alabama

The Ravens got a very early 4th rounder to fall back a few picks, and they still wound up with a steal. The team got value to end up with their best possible pick, so why not love it?

A

2.60 Kelechi Osemele, OG/T, Iowa State

I love Osemele. I actually think he would be ok at right tackle, but he will more likely make his money at guard. Overall a very good value.

B+

3.84 Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple

The team had to give up a pick to get him, but I actually like the Pierce pick. Bernard Pierce is a guy that did nothing but win games for Temple over the last few years. He is a perfect guy for the team.

B+
 
4.98 Gino Gradkowski, OG/C, Delaware

Outside of his family history, this pick is a bit high. The team needed some extra help, and they may think he can become their center in the future, but there were better options out there.

C

4.130 Christian Thompson, S, South Carolina State

Ok, who the hell put Gene Smith in charge on day 3? A second reach on small school talent.

C

5.169 Asa Jackson, CB, Cal Poly

Ok, someone needs to stop Gene Smith immediately.

C

6.198 Tommy Streeter, WR, Miami

Whew. I was getting scared there for a minute. The team nailed on a tall speedster with too much potential to be here on the board.

A+

7.236 DeAngelo Tyson, DE/DT, Georgia


OVERALL GRADE: B

I loved day one and two for the Ravens. They got potential starters on both sides of the ball, and they got a big powerful rusher in Bernard Pierce. I wasn't in love with the day three picks, but those picks aren't important to nail.

  



*************2011 NFL DRAFT GRADES************ 
 
Picks

1:27 Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado

Jimmy Smith is the best pure corner in the draft (not prospect), and for a team to get him with the 27th pick is a steal and a half.

A

2:58 Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland


Another steal. Smith is probably the safest of the 2nd round receivers, and he loves going up and after the ball.

A

3:85 Jah Reid, OT, UCF

I said back in February that Reid would be a great 6th round sleeper because he had the athleticism (but nowhere close to technique) to start on day one. I don't love him this early, but many people do like him here, and he does fill a need.

B

4:123 Tandon Doss, WR, Indiana

Doss was a little overrated by the media this offseason, but getting him with this pick was a huge value for the Ravens. Another great pick.

A

5:164 Chykie Brown, CB, Texas

I can't complain too much about this pick. The value is there, but the third Texas corner might not be the best overall pick outside of special teams. The team also does add more value to their CB corps.


 
5:165 Pernell McPhee, DE, Mississippi State

McPhee should have gone a little earlier, so the value is there, but I'm not sold that McPhee is the perfect rush LB prospect for the team.
 
6:180 Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech

Tyrod Taylor's draft stock was mostly a marketing thing, but that's not a bad thing. Taylor is an ok decision maker from a goofy offense, but a 6th round pick for him is fine value.

B
 
7:225 Anthony Allen, RB, Georgia Tech

A fine 7th round push at running back. Nothing special, but nothing that will harm the team.

B

Draft Grade A

The team had a need a corner and they steal one. They needed a receiver and stole one. They also needed an OT and got one with a lot of potential. They then steal another receiver and get some other talents at great value. The team addressed three of their biggest needs, and they really addressed both sides of the passing game. Sure the team could have touched on a few other spots, but I could see this draft winning the team more games.

NEW GRADE: A

When the Ravens step on the field this year, I really think they might be the most improved team from this draft class. They found so much help to solidify both sides of the field, and they found insurance options for the future.