With the NFL season over it’s time to look at each team’s draft class and grade them on a PRODUCTION ONLY basis. Let’s see what teams had first year success and which ones are hoping for better in year two.
Round 1: 0-5
Round 2: 0-4
Round 3: 0-3
Round 4: 0-2
Round 5: 0-1
Round 6 – Undrafted: Points only awarded if player was productive, no scale.
Bonus points are awarded to any player who out-performed their draft slot.
Round 1 – Ronnie Stanley OT, Notre Dame
Analysis – Stanley started 12 games for the Ravens as a rookie and played well enough. Would’ve been nice to see him start all 16, but that will come in year two.
Score – 4.5/5
Round 2 – Kamalei Correa OLB, Boise St.
Analysis – Correa played in 9 games before injury ended his season. He had 4 tackles, a forced fumble and broke up a pass in that span. The Ravens clearly still don’t know what they have in this second rounder.
Score – 2/4
Round 3 – Bronson Kaufusi DE, BYU
Analysis – Kaufusi was placed on IR and missed the season. He gets 0 points awarded whether that is fair or not.
Score – 0/3
Round 4 – Tavon Young CB, Temple
Analysis – The Ravens got some run out of Young in his debut season. He started 11 games, racked up 53 tackles and grabbed a couple of interceptions. Turned out to be a great value pick.
Score – 2.5/2
Round 4 – Chris Moore WR, Cincinnati
Analysis – Moore didn’t do much as a rookie. He had just 7 receptions in 15 games and wasn’t an overly effective return man either.
Score – 1/2
Round 4 – Alex Lewis OT, Nebraska
Analysis – The Ravens moved Lewis inside to guard and he ended up starting 8 games. That’s pretty darn good for a 4th rounder.
Score – 2.5/2
Round 4 – Willie Henry DT, Michigan
Analysis – Willie was placed on IR and saw no playing time.
Score – 0/2
Round 4 – Kenneth Dixon RB, Louisiana Tech
Analysis – Dixon flashed at times for the Ravens. He ended the year with 382 rushing yards and 3 total touchdowns. It’s hard to say at this point if he is the Ravens back of the future, but he is definitely in the mix.
Score – 2/2
Round 5 – Matt Judon DE, Grand Valley St.
Analysis – Judon turned out to be a steal for the Ravens. He had 27 tackles and 4 sacks as a rotational rusher. He is a breakout candidate for 2017.
Score – 1.5/1
Round 6 – Keenan Reynolds WR, Navy
Analysis – Reynolds didn’t play as a rookie.
Score – 0/0
Round 7 – Maurice Canady CB, Virginia
Analysis – Canady had a couple of tackles until he was lost to injury.
Score – 0/0
BALTIMORE RAVENS 2016 NFL DRAFT GRADE
FINAL SCORE & GRADE 16/23| 70% | C-
The Ravens 2016 NFL Draft class is a tough one to judge after one season, as they suffered so many injuries. There were 4 players who missed significant time due to injury. That is four players the Ravens have yet gotten a chance to evaluate in live action, and still don’t know what they can bring to the table. This class did have some standouts. They found two future offensive lineman in first round pick Ronnie Stanley and 4th round guard Alex Lewis. They also possibly landed their RB of the future in Kenneth Dixon. The Ravens also scored a hidden gem with 5th round edge rusher Matt Judon. He showed a knack for getting after the quarterback and could wreak even more havoc in year two. This grade has plenty of room to grow in the coming years, if the guys who were hurt come back healthy and play to their potential.