ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. is bullish on the Ravens' rookie draft class, giving them an A-minus in his annual post-draft grades.
Kiper expressed surprise that Central Florida wide receiver Breshad Perriman, a 4.22 speedster in the 40-yard dash, lasted until the Ravens' 26th overall pick of the first round.
He also provided a prediction on Perriman, who will try to replace former Ravens wide reciever Torrey Smith after Smith signed with the San Francisco 49ers this offseaosn.
"I think he'll be better than Torrey Smith," Kiper said during a conference call Sunday afternoon.
The Ravens drafted Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams in the second round and anticipate hihe will have a major pass-catching role in new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman's tight end-friendly scheme. So does Kiper.
"People will nitpick them not getting a corner earlier, but that's how the board worked out," Kiper said. "They're not going to force it."
Kiper also liked the size-speed combination of sixth-round Georgia Tech wide receiver Darren Waller, a 6-foot-6, 238-pound receiver with 4.46 speed and a 37-inch vertical leap.
"Big guy to throw to in the red zone," Kiper said. "He has tremendous physical talent."
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay praised Allen as a player that jumped out in terms of adding value for where he was picked.
"He could do a better job of breaking tackles and be more powerful," McShay said. "He does run with high knees, can catch, can block. He has a lot of tread left on the tires. Considering their running back situation, this may wind up being a really good pick for them down the road."