What draft grades have the media given to the Baltimore Ravens? What are they saying about the Ravens' 2023 draft haul?
NFL.com - Grade: A
Robinson adds needed depth off the edge. Kelly can lose his target in man but will attack plays in zone. He was a good find for Baltimore in the fifth round. Aumavae-Laulu is massive, like some of his predecessors at tackle for the Ravens, but he has better short-area quickness than you'd expect. Vorhees is working his way back from an ACL tear he suffered at the NFL Scouting Combine. He could end up being a tremendous Round 7 value after he returns.
ESPN - Grade: B+
Baltimore traded away its second-round pick in this draft to land off-ball linebacker Roquan Smith, and it took my top-ranked off-ball 'backer in this class in Round 3. Trenton Simpson (86) could be a steal; I had him ranked No. 35 on my board. He can play on third downs and stick to tight ends in coverage. This pick might be an admission that Patrick Queen hasn't quite worked out since being taken in the first round in 2020.
Cornerback Kyu Blu Kelly (157) was a value on my board, and I like the stash pick of guard Andrew Vorhees (229), who likely will sit out all of 2023 after a recent knee injury. He would have been a second- or third-rounder without the injury.
DeCosta didn't do his usual wheeling and dealing with trades this weekend, but he landed a nice class, headlined by my guy Flowers.
SI - Grade: B+
PFF - Grade: B
Day 2: Baltimore gets good value here in Clemson off-ball linebacker Trenton Simpson, a former five-star recruit in the 2020 class. Simpson's numbers did dip a bit from 2021 to 2022 as he moved from an overhang role to playing more in between the tackles, but the Ravens will surely take advantage of the physically gifted linebacker's versatility.
Day 3: Robinson has all the tools at 6-foot-6 and 257 pounds. He is a project, though, and while he has the length and power to play in the NFL, he needs to widen his pass-rush arsenal. Baltimore won't ask him to play a ton early, and they'll have to decide if he is a 3-4 end or an outside linebacker in their defense.
Kelly has a ton of football experience as the son of a former NFL corner and a four-year starter at Stanford, which ran a man-heavy scheme in his time there. Nonetheless, Kelly may be a better fit in a zone scheme due to his length and vision.
Vorhees made news at the combine after putting up 38 bench press reps (98th percentile) after tearing his ACL in the drills. That speaks to the kind of power that he brings to the interior. Vorhees earned 80.0-plus PFF grades in each of the past two seasons as a starter for USC and is an intriguing "redshirt" selection here for Baltimore in the seventh round.
Fox Sports - Grade: B+
USA Today - Grade: B+
The Ringer - Grade: B
Sporting News - Grade: A
Touchdown Wire - Grade: A-
Tavius Robinson wasn't a big name in this draft, but he grabbed eight sacks and 40 total pressures last season at 6-foot-6 and 257 pounds, and Baltimore needs edge guys who can also win inside. Kyu Blu Kelly and Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu are athletic, developmental prospects who might need a year of finishing work each, but the payoff might be worth it in both cases. And Andrew Vorhees would have been a mid-round pick were it not for injury.
The Ravens addressed their primary needs in this draft to a greater or lesser degree, and Flowers is an absolute grand slam of a pick.
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