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Ravens earn high grades for 2015 draft haul

The sun rises, the sun sets, and analysts love the Baltimore Ravens draft.

In a development that seemingly occurs every season — and most of the time proves correct — the Ravens' draft class has earned early high marks from national draft analysts. Many like the potential of the early selections, and the sensibility of the later ones.

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As always with these, it's hard to judge given they've never played a snap for the team and the Ravens' reputation, while earned, could be impacting the assessment here. But until they prove it one way or another, this crop of rookies is going to be viewed as a good one for the Ravens.

- ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. gave the Ravens an A-, his highest grade since 2013 for the Ravens, wrote his colleague Jamison Hensley.

"Baltimore drafted three players in the first 90 picks (wide receiver Breshad Perriman, tight end Maxx Williams and defensive lineman Carl Davis) who were among Kiper's top 50 players. Perriman, the 14th-best player according to Kiper, was drafted by the Ravens with the No. 26 overall pick.

According to Kiper's Big Board, the Ravens got their best Day 3 values with pass rusher Za'Darius Smith (fourth round) and wide receiver Darren Waller (sixth round)."

- CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco gave the Ravens an A, praising the selections of Carl Davis and Za'Darius Smith while admittedly nitpicking about waiting so long to take a cornerback.

Analysis: The Ravens get it. Year in and year out they draft good football players. Ozzie Newsome and Eric DeCosta are among the best in the business. This class is no different. Up and down the draft board, they landed good players. I love first-round receiver Breshad Perriman in their offense. Grade: A

- His colleague, Rob Rang, called it "just another ho-hum brilliant draft in Baltimore" while giving the draft an A as well.

Few teams plug holes better than the Ravens, who landed Breshad Perriman -- remarkably similar vertical threat as departed speedster Torrey Smith -- at No. 26 overall. … Similarly, the Ravens nabbed the draft's best tight end in Maxx Williams and wisely doubled down on the position with Nick Boyle late. Filling other holes left by free agent defections happened in themiddle rounds with stout defenders Carl Davis and Za'Darius Smith

- NFL.com's Bryan Fisher gave the Ravens an A for their three-day return in the draft.

"It's hard to criticize a pick by esteemed GM Ozzie Newsome, but the selection of Perriman is interesting, given his lack of college production and issues with drops. … The Ravens did a good job moving up a few spots to land Williams, who could be Todd Heap 2.0 and gives the team a much-needed boost at tight end. Davis fell a bit in the draft but was a good case of the rich getting richer by going to the Ravens. Allen is a great match for the Ravens' offensive scheme and can really be an asset to the team on third down."

- Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke gave the Ravens B+, citing the unpolished potential of Perriman and Williams and the impact the mid-round picks could make.

"It was a classic Ozzie Newsome draft, in that the meat of it may come from the mid-round selections. Defensive tackle Carl Davis (No. 90) played like a first-rounder at the Senior Bowl and could be a fixture up front for years if the Ravens can get him to be more consistent. One round after nabbing Davis, Newsome found a powerful edge presence in Kentucky's Za'Darius Smith, and Buck Allen, a running back who looks like a terrific fit for Marc Trestman's offense."

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