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Ravens' disappointing 2015 draft class yet to turn opportunity into production

Five games into what is essentially his rookie campaign, Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman is just as eager to make a play as fans are to see him contribute.

"I feel like me personally, I've got to execute more," he said after Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Washington Redskins in which he failed to complete a touchdown catch on two occasions that would have knotted the score at 16. "I feel like me personally, I can make plays out there to kind of change the momentum, and I left two out there. That's all I can really speak on."


On Sunday, Perriman had two chances to deliver a touchdown on the offense's final possession. He was unable to keep up with quarterback Joe Flacco's long pass into the end zone for what would have been a 47-yard score. Three plays later, his apparent 23-yard touchdown catch was overturned after replays showed his left foot landing out of bounds.

Coach John Harbaugh acknowledged that Perriman is still learning the rigors of playing in the NFL.


"You know, Breshad's got to run under that ball," Harbaugh said. "Just run. Run under the ball, catch it on the run, run through it. And the other one, he's got to get his foot down. He gets one foot down, he's got to get both feet down there. He's capable of doing that. The next time out there, he expects to make the play, and we expect him to make it."

Perriman's struggles highlight what has been a less-than-impressive showing from the club's 2015 draft class. Injuries, suspensions and even a tragic death have marred a draft class that had potential.

Ravens front office executives, including general manager Ozzie Newsome and assistant general manager Eric DeCosta, have turned down numerous requests for in-season interviews. Harbaugh did not have much to offer in terms of an evaluation of the 2015 group's level of productivity.

"I haven't thought about that," he said Monday. "I couldn't even tell you who's in that draft class right now off the top of my head. You'd have to help me."

Here's a look at what has happened with each of the nine players from that class.

Wide receiver Breshad Perriman, first round: The 26th overall pick's rookie season ended before it began. A partially torn PCL in his right knee sidelined him for the entire year, and a partially torn ACL in his left knee this past offseason kept him on the team's physically unable to perform list until Aug. 18. Thus far, Perriman has 10 catches for 124 yards. He has not caught more than three balls in a game, and his best performance in yards occurred in the season opener when he leaped for a 35-yard grab.

Tight end Maxx Williams, second round: The club moved up in the draft to select Williams, who was supposed to be the heir apparent to Dennis Pitta. Williams caught 32 passes for 268 yards and one touchdown last season, but was outplayed by Crockett Gillmore. Williams did not catch a ball in 2016 before getting placed on injured reserve on Oct. 7 because of cartilage damage in his knee.

Defensive tackle Carl Davis, third round: Davis made 11 tackles in 13 games (three starts) in 2015, but was also inactive for three games. He injured his ankle in the team's final preseason contest against the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 1 and was placed on injured reserve four days later.


Outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith, fourth round: The first of three picks in the fourth round, Smith had 5½ sacks and 30 tackles last season. He has just six tackles and zero sacks so far despite playing 198 defensive snaps, just nine fewer than starting outside linebacker Terrell Suggs.

Running back Javorius "Buck" Allen, fourth round: Last season, Allen replaced Justin Forsett when the starter broke his arm and rushed for 514 yards and one touchdown on 137 carries. After being deactivated for the first three games in 2016, he has carried the ball seven times for 31 yards and caught three passes for 15 yards while backing up Terrance West.

Cornerback Tray Walker, fourth round: Walker appeared in eight games in 2015, posting one tackle each on defense and special teams. He was involved in a motorbike accident just north of Miami on March 17 and died a day later at the age of 23.

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Tight end Nick Boyle, fifth round: Last season, Boyle caught 18 passes for 153 yards in 11 games before getting suspended for the final four games for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. He committed a second violation and is halfway through a 10-game suspension.

Guard Robert Myers, fifth round: Myers was the only member of the class to get cut at the end of the 2015 preseason. He eventually returned to the Ravens' practice squad before he was signed by the Denver Broncos and earned a Super Bowl ring with them. He is currently a member of the Seattle Seahawks' practice squad.

Tight end Darren Waller, sixth round: Originally selected as a wide receiver, Waller has made the transition to tight end. He caught two passes for 18 yards in six games last season before sitting out the final nine games because of a hamstring injury. After serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, Waller made his 2016 debut Sunday, playing primarily on special teams.


A true assessment of the productivity of the 2015 draft class won't be determined until several more years have passed. But Allen is confident that he and his draftmates can make the organization proud.

"We've got a lot of great guys that can take advantage of the opportunity," he said. "So we've just got to use them."