NFL Draft Insiders
The 2017 NFL draft is over, and it's time to review how your favorite team fared. Where did it reach? Did it get a potential steal in Round 5? Is there a bust waiting to happen?
ESPN Insider's draft experts break down each draft class, starting with Mel Kiper Jr.'s grade, Todd McShay's favorite pick, and Scouts Inc.'s analysis on how each player fits into his new team.
Mel Kiper's Draft Grade: B
Kiper: This was a defense-heavy class for the Ravens, and I liked virtually every pick -- I think the question is whether Joe Flacco loves it. Marlon Humphrey is my second-ranked corner, a super-athlete and physical defender who will compete with Brandon Carr and Jimmy Smith for a starting spot. I remember watching his father, Bobby Humphrey, who was star running back at Alabama and played four seasons in the NFL.
Tyus Bowser and Tim Williams are perfect fits in the Ravens' 3-4 and potential Terrell Suggs replacements. Williams was the No. 1 prospect on my Big Board headed into the 2016 season, but he's not a complete player, and off-field issues are why he was still around in Round 3. Williams does one thing really well -- get up the field quickly in pursuit of quarterbacks -- but that's a skill teams crave. Chris Wormley dropped a little bit, but he could ultimately replace the traded Timmy Jernigan. He's an outstanding defensive tackle in an admittedly lean class. On Day 3, Nico Siragusa and Jermaine Eluemunor are guards who could replace Alex Lewis on the left side.
That's all three of their needs checked off in a solid all-around draft. The big question: O.J. Howard was there for the taking at No. 16. Does an improved defense make that a moot point? We'll see.
|4/122||Nico Siragusa||G||SAN DIEGO STATE|
|5/159||Jermaine Eluemunor||OT||TEXAS A&M|
|6/186||Chuck Clark||S||VIRGINIA TECH|
Todd McShay's favorite pick
Tyus Bowser, OLB, Houston (No. 47 pick)
The Ravens did a great job of finding value in Rounds 2 and 3. They got Bowser, our 33rd overall player, with the 47th pick, and also added Michigan DT Chris Wormley and OLB Tim Williams, both lower than we had them ranked. While I like the idea of unleashing Williams in this scheme as a situational pass-rusher, Bowser is a better value and a more complete player. He's a naturally athletic player, showing the first-step quickness (1.59 10-yard split) to threaten off the edge as a pass-rusher. As Terrell Suggs, 34, nears the end of his career, Bowser gives the Ravens a high-upside player who will take to hard coaching.
Scouts Inc. on 2017 class
1 (16) Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama | Highlights
What he brings: While there's room for improvement when it comes to playing the ball and his eye discipline in zone coverage, Humphrey has the length, speed and fluidity to develop into a No. 1 corner. Plus, he's a reliable tackler and outstanding run defender. -- Steve Muench
How he fits: Humphrey is a perfect fit for Baltimore defensive coordinator Dean Pees' press man scheme. The Ravens have more pressing needs, but taking a corner makes sense considering Jimmy Smith has had problems staying heathy and Brandon Carr turns 31 this year. -- Steve Muench
2 (15) Tyus Bowser, OLB, Houston | Highlights
What he brings: A former star high school basketball player who also played hoops for the Cougars early in his career, Bowser is a work in progress as a football player. However, he's already made great strides, plus he has explosive traits and above-average upside for an edge defender. -- Steve Muench
How he fits: The Ravens cut Elvis Dumervil this offseason, and though Terrell Suggs is still productive, he is 34 years old. Bowser is an excellent fit for Baltimore's 3-4 defense, as he should make an immediate impact rushing the passer and has the tools to quickly develop into a starter. -- Steve Muench
3 (10) Chris Wormley, DT, Michigan | Highlights
What he brings: Wormley is a long, well-proportioned defender who does his best work against the run. He will struggle to be a good pass-rusher, but at least he's capable of getting some push and occasionally moving the QB off his spot. -- Kevin Weidl
How he fits: The Ravens add another big and powerful body to their front line in an effort to replace Lawrence Guy and Timmy Jernigan, who departed this offseason. Wormley should help the Ravens continue to maintain a rushing defense that ranked fifth in the league last season. -- Kevin Weidl
3 (14) Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama | Highlights
What he brings: Williams is an explosive speed rusher who has exceptional first-step quickness and excellent flexibility bending the edge. He is still developing in terms of instincts and can continue to get stronger to become more consistent versus the run. -- Kevin Weidl
How he fits: General manager Ozzie Newsome continues to address the pass rush. Williams doesn't project as an every-down player as a rookie, but he should make immediate contributions as a situational pass-rusher. -- Steve Muench
4 (16) Nico Siragusa, OG, San Diego State | Highlights
What he brings: Siragusa needs to clean up his technique and become more consistent. But he has quick feet, adequate length and flashes quality power to become a serviceable backup and potential starter down the road with proper development. -- Kevin Weidl
5 (15) Jermaine Eluemunor, OT, Texas A&M | Highlights
What he brings: Eluemunor is a massive and naturally powerful individual who plays with quality balance. Has experience lining up at right tackle and guard, where he will likely end up finding a home in the NFL. He only started playing football as a junior in high school and his best football appears to be ahead of him. -- Kevin Weidl
6 (2) Chuck Clark, S, Virginia Tech
What he brings: A team captain and three-year starter at Virginia Tech, Clarke is an interchangeable safety and reliable run-defender with average size and above-average length. He also has the athletic ability and range to hold up in coverage, but he's not a playmaker yet. -- Steve Muench
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