The Ravens' run on speedy prospects extended to quarterbacks. It ended there, too.

With their lone sixth-round pick and final selection of the draft (No. 197 overall), the Ravens took Penn State's Trace McSorley, a dual-threat quarterback who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.57 seconds.

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McSorley struggled at times as a senior but started for three years at Penn State. As a junior, his best season, he passed for 3,570 yards and 28 touchdowns, along with 10 interceptions, while completing 66.5 percent of his attempts.

He's confident in his arm, but scouts say that can get him in trouble against top-level athletes. He handled some duties in a run-pass-option scheme but also can project as a potential drop-back passer.

No. 160 overall: The Ravens got bigger in the fifth round.

With the No. 160 overall pick, they took Texas A&M's Daylon Mack, a 6-foot-1, 336-pound defensive tackle who had 10 tackles for loss and 5½ sacks last season.

Mack was a highly rated high school recruit who didn’t start until his senior season, his first under new Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher. Scouts say he responded well to the coaching change, and he emerged as a possible early third-day pick.

Mack has a wide base and low center of gravity that allow him to anchor himself against double teams, and he plays with enough balance and strength to shed linemen. Conditioning could be a problem, however, as could his lack of length.

Michael Pierce is set to become a free agent after next season and, with another strong year, could play himself out of the Ravens' price range. Brandon Williams is signed through 2021 but could be a salary cap casualty in the coming years. He has a cap hit of over $14 million each of the next three years.

No. 127 overall: The Ravens entered the draft deeper at cornerback than any other position, but that did not stop them from selecting Iman Marshall of Southern California with their last of three fourth-round picks.

The 6-foot-1, 207-pound Marshall had an up-and-down college career, but he enhanced his draft standing with an excellent week at the Senior Bowl. Because he’s unusually strong for a cornerback, some scouts have speculated he might end up at safety. He made second-team All-Pac 12 as a senior.

The Ravens have three starting-caliber outsider cornerbacks in Marlon Humphrey, Jimmy Smith and Brandon Carr and a recently extended slot corner in Tavon Young. But after years of watching injuries derail their secondary, they no longer believe they can have too much depth on the back end. Smith will be a free agent after next season, and the team could also look to upgrade on reserve Maurice Canady if Marshall plays well in training camp.

Scouts say Marshall lacks ideal speed or fluidity for a starting NFL corner.

No. 123 overall: The Ravens keep finding their way back to Oklahoma.

After opening the NFL draft by taking Sooners wide receiver Marquise "Hollywood" Brown, they spent their first two fourth-round picks on Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill and Oklahoma guard Ben Powers at No. 123.

Powers was a three-year starter for the Sooners, overlapping with Ravens tackle Orlando Brown Jr. in 2017 and being named first-team All-Big 12 last season.

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Interior offensive linemen were needed on day three, and Powers could compete with James Hurst, Alex Lewis and Bradley Bozeman for the starting left guard spot. He certainly has the attitude: According to NFL.com, he's professed his love for "taking a grown man's dreams and crushing them" on the field.

Scouts say he's somewhat limited with his power and athleticism, but he's technically sound and has a wide frame (6 feet 4, 307 pounds).

The selection was made by Mo Gaba, a 13-year-old Ravens superfan who is battling cancer for the fourth time, at the Ravens’ Draft Fest at the Inner Harbor. He became the first person to announce an NFL draft pick in Braille.

No. 113 overall: The Ravens didn’t need long Saturday to keep up the pace in the NFL draft.

After spending two of their first three selections on road-runner wide receivers, the Ravens took Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill with the No. 113 overall selection — yet another prospect with a 40-yard-dash time around 4.4 seconds.

Hill was an instant success for the Cowboys, leading all freshmen in rushing (1,142 yards) in 2016, before following with 1,467 yards as a sophomore and 930 last season while dealing with a rib injury.

Scouts say Hill is a potential home run-hitter with excellent change-of-direction ability who does not shy away from contact. He's somewhat limited by his hands as a receiver and can be vulnerable in pass protection.

Hill’s experience at Oklahoma State, which runs its offense almost exclusively out of the shotgun, could give him a chance to contribute immediately. The Ravens signed Mark Ingram and bring back Gus Edwards, but Hill could find a role next to Lamar Jackson.

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