Ravens first-round draft pick Ronnie Stanley, an offensive lineman from Notre Dame, talks with reporters at the team’s Owings Mills facilities. (Kevin Richardson)
Putting together a 2017 NFL mock draft less than a week after the end of the 2016 draft is a bit like starting on your holiday wish list after not even playing with all your new toys, but here we are. You, dear readers, eat this stuff up, and who are we to deny you this curation?
The reasoning for each draft slot varies — some sites went with Super Bowl odds, others with quantitative projections, one with its gut-feel prediction. The fit for each pick is similarly fickle — another running back for the Ravens, Todd McShay? Really?
So without further ado, here's a bunch of players the Ravens might draft, but probably not, because today's date is May 6, 2016, and the next NFL draft is so far away that we don't even know the date and location.
"Williams was a dominant situational edge rusher for the Tide last season, racking up 10.5 sacks in limited time. He even flirted with the 2016 draft. Circle him as a player whose stock could skyrocket in the coming months."
"Our top-graded cornerback from 2015, Lewis was targeted often with little to show for it. Of his 90 targets, only 33 were completed (36.7 percent) and he tied for the national lead with 15 passes defensed to go with two interceptions. At a listed 5-foot-10, Lewis will battle the NFL's preference for bigger cornerbacks, but another playmaking season like 2015 should put him right into the first-round mix."
"The pipeline from Missouri to the NFL is strong on the offensive and defensive lines. Edge-rusher Charles Harris is next in a long line of talent going from Columbia to the NFL— and he has a chance to be the highest-drafted Tiger since Aldon Smith left campus.
"Harris is an excellent speed rusher and has the overall tools that would have garnered a Round 1 grade had he entered the 2016 draft class. Given his size (6'3", 255 pounds), there is room for bulk and growth, but Harris was comparable to No. 9 overall pick Leonard Floyd in terms of potential. He also had better production on film. If healthy in 2017, Harris has a shot to be an early pick in the upcoming draft."
"McCaffrey ranked second among running backs last season in rushing yards (2,019) and receiving yards (645), while also finishing third overall in kickoff-return yardage (1,070). ... His all-around game gives him a lot of value as an NFL prospect."