Monday, January 16, 2023

Baltimore Ravens 2023 NFL Mock Draft Roundup 3.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2023 NFL Draft, we will update our Baltimore Ravens Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Baltimore Ravens from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Ravens:

CBS Sports - Stackpole (1/13)

24. Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas

While still productive, J. K. Dobbins just doesn't look right after all of his knee issues. If the Ravens retain Lamar Jackson and draft Bijan Robinson, they'll form a duo that no defense is going to have an easy time containing.

San Diego Union Tribune - Brown (1/12)

24. Clark Phillips III, CB, Utah

The Ravens biggest priority this off-season will be to extend Lamar Jackson and potentially add more weapons on offense so he doesn't have to break his back (or overwhelm is legs) carrying the team going forward. Next in line might be replacing Marcus Peters if he walks in free agency. Phillips features a smaller frame, but his ability to mirror and match routes, plus his explosive athleticism and ball skills (nine career interceptions with four pick-sixes) more than make up for it.

NBC Sports Chicago - Morgan (1/12)

24. Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina

Cam Smith is better in zone coverage than man-to-man schemes, but is athletically and technically sound enough to compete in a variety of ways. A smooth player with NFL caliber speed, Smith can perform as a boundary corner or a nickel slot defender on certain passing downs. A clever boundary defender, Smith has recorded six picks in his last 30 games played.

Yahoo! Sports - McDonald (1/11)

23. O'Cyrus Torrence, IOL, Florida

Lamar Jackson's future with the Ravens is up in the air, but they still need to improve some offensive spots. Here, they pick Torrence to give Tyler Linderbaum a long-term running mate on the interior.

Walter Football (1/11)

23. Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU

The Ravens have really struggled offensively when Rashod Bateman has been out of the lineup. They need to find another viable receiver for Lamar Jackson.

Kayshon Boutte has gotten rave reviews for his speed and athleticism. He had a huge game versus Georgia at the end of the year. He initially said that he will be returning to LSU, but he then changed his mind and declared for the 2023 NFL Draft.

CBS Sports - Trapasso (1/11)

24. Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon

The Ravens get a lengthy, athletic perimeter corner for their already stout defense.

USA Today - MMS (1/10)

24. Clark Phillips III, CB, Utah

Utilizing his quick-twitch movements and advanced feel for the position, Phillips continually delivers performances one wouldn't expect from a 5-10, 185-pound cornerback. While he will have to show he can hold up against the NFL's most physical receivers, Phillips offers coverage ability that would allow the Ravens to continue to revamp their secondary with Marcus Peters unsigned beyond this season.

Bleacher Report (1/9)

23. Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State

Anything is better than nothing at wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens. Currently, their players at the position don't scare anybody. Granted, injuries have taken their toll with Rashod Bateman out for the season because of foot surgery. Devin Duvernay is also dealing with a foot injury.

Even with both in the lineup, Baltimore's wide receivers lineup is thin. The fact that the Ravens were forced to rely on DeSean Jackson and Sammy Watkins, who both joined the team midseason, says so much about the lack of depth.

For the Ravens to be considered a realistic Super Bowl contender, tight end Mark Andrews can't be the only reliable receiving threat.

"Ohio State's Jaxon Smith-Njigba can inject a bit of life into the offense," Klassen said. "He does his best work between the numbers. His speed doesn't pop off the screen, but he's a smooth route-runner with just enough punch out of his breaks to snap defensive backs off.

"It doesn't look much different when he has the ball either. Smith-Njigba won't run away from many defenders, but he brings a good short-area burst and change-of-direction skills to catch defenders taking bad angles and make them pay. The Rose Bowl record-holder for most receiving yards in a game (347) also presents reliable hands and a forgiving catch radius. Both are necessary traits to be a high-level slot target."

The Ohio State product did miss the majority of the 2022 campaign because of a lingering hamstring injury, though his draft status shouldn't be greatly affected. For the Ravens, the addition of a potentially great slot receiver can help make the offense thrive.

The 33rd Team (1/9)

24. Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU

Other than Mark Andrews, the Ravens have not been able to develop a consistent receiving threat. Boutte has some character concerns on and off the field, but Baltimore might be willing to take the risk on the ultra-talented Boutte. He flashed elite talent in 2021, scoring nine touchdowns in six games before a disappointing 2022 campaign.

PFF - Renner (1/9)

24. Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia

Washington is a luxury piece. He has a skill set that you simply won't find later in the draft. At 6-foot-7 and 270 pounds, Washington is one of one. He racked up 426 yards on 27 catches (15.8 per reception) and earned a top-five run-blocking grade this season, prior to the national championship game. He could do damage in Greg Roman's offense.

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