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Ravens open busy Day 3 by drafting Oklahoma State WR Tylan Wallace; CB Shaun Wade, edge rusher Daelin Hayes, FB/TE Ben Mason also added

The Ravens used their final pick of the 2021 draft on Michigan fullback/tight end Ben Mason.

The 6-foot-3, 246-pound Mason, taken No. 184 overall, appeared in 45 games over four years, lining up at fullback, H-back, tight end and even defensive tackle (He was a three-star linebacker coming out of high school). A key special teams contributor throughout his time in Ann Arbor, Mason was a team captain in 2020 and a two-time recipient of the team’s Toughest Player Award.


Mason’s two-way background will draw similarities to the Ravens’ Patrick Ricard, a former undrafted free agent who would go on to make his mark as a relentless blocker in the Ravens’ run-first scheme. Ricard, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, is entering the final year of his contract.

No. 171: Notre Dame DE Daelin Hayes

The Ravens added another potential edge rusher in the fifth round of the NFL draft Saturday, taking Notre Dame’s Daelin Hayes.


The 6-foot-3, 253-pound Hayes, taken No. 171 overall, started 12 games last season for the Fighting Irish, finishing with 17 tackles (six for loss), three sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles. He was also a team captain and finalist for the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award.

Shoulder injuries have followed Hayes through his college career, but he has good footwork and activity as a pass rusher and the ability to take on pulling guards as a run defender. He’s not a dynamic athlete, however, and struggled in the College Football Playoff loss to Alabama. Hayes bounced back with a good week of practice at the Senior Bowl.

No. 160: Ohio State CB Shaun Wade

The Ravens selected Ohio State cornerback Shaun Wade in the fifth round of the NFL draft Saturday, adding a talented defensive back who dropped after an up-and-down year in his final season with the Buckeyes.

The team selected Wade with the No. 160 overall pick after trading back with the Arizona Cardinals. The team sent its second fourth-round pick (No. 136) and its sixth-round pick (No. 210) to Arizona for the No. 160 pick and a 2022 fourth-round pick.

Though he was voted first-team All America and Big Ten defensive back of the year in 2020, this past year and 2019 were a tale of two seasons for Wade, who at one point was regarded to be a first-round pick. In 2019, primarily lining up in the slot, Wade allowed just 18 catches on 73 targets for one touchdown, and an interception (50.1 passer rating), according to Sports Info Solutions. In 2020, he moved outside and gave up 31 catches on 53 targets for six touchdowns, while grabbing two interceptions (112.1 passer rating).

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The 6-foot-1, 196-pound Wade also initially opted out of the 2020 season before deciding to return. During the season, he battled a turf toe injury, along with what he told reporters Saturday was a “knee problem.” He also faced family tragedy, saying that multiple members of his family died during the season.

Wade is the second defensive back the Ravens have selected in the 2021 draft, joining Southern Methodist cornerback Brandon Stephens, who could move to safety. A position change to safety could also be in line for Wade, who has struggled against faster receivers in college.

No. 131: Oklahoma State WR Tylan Wallace

The Ravens began the final day of the draft by taking Oklahoma State’s Tylan Wallace in the fourth round, finding an ultra-productive wide receiver with contested-catch ability and some injury history.


Wallace started 30 career games for the Cowboys, finishing with 205 catches for 3,434 yards (16.8 per catch) and 26 touchdowns. As a sophomore, he had 86 catches for 1,491 yards and 12 scores. He earned All-Big 12 Conference honors the next two seasons despite missing five games in 2019 with a torn ACL and one game with a knee sprain in 2020. He also dealt with a groin injury last season.

The 5-foot-11, 194-pound Wallace was primarily an outside receiver at Oklahoma State. He was tied for fifth in deep catches last season (12), according to Pro Football Focus, and finished his Cowboys career with 43 contested catches since 2019, the most in the Football Bowl Subdivision in that span.

He’s the third receiver to join the Ravens in the past two months, following free agent Sammy Watkins and first-round pick Rashod Bateman.

This story will be updated.