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Will Harbaugh connection make Charlton, Peppers more enticing for Ravens?

Will Harbaugh connection make Charlton, Peppers more enticing for Ravens?

Will Taco Charlton or Jabrill Peppers soon play for John Harbaugh after playing for Jim Harbaugh?

Charlton and Peppers are both draft prospects from Michigan, who play positions where the Ravens need help.

Charlton is an edge-rusher with size, who amassed 10 sacks during his last 10 games at Michigan. Veteran pass rusher Elvis Dumervil is a possible salary cap casualty with the Ravens, and Terrell Suggs will turn 35 years old in October.

It’s not a reach to picture the Ravens drafting Charlton if he’s still on the board at No. 16.

In fact, that’s exactly what Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has the Ravens doing in his latest mock draft– taking Charlton at No. 16.

CSN's Ben Standig has the Ravens taking Florida State running back Dalvin Cook at No. 16, with Charlton going No. 22 to the Dolphins and Pepper to the Chiefs at No. 27.

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Peppers is a versatile safety who is also an elite punt returner. The Ravens are looking to get younger in the secondary. Eric Weddle is coming off an excellent season at safety, but do the Ravens want to go another season with 31-year-old Lardarius Webb as the starter next to Weddle?

The knock on Peppers is that he doesn’t create enough turnovers, with one career interception at Michigan. Some scouts no longer view Peppers as a first-round pick. And the Ravens can’t afford another draft mistake at safety, after regrettably using a first-round pick (2013) on Matt Elam, and a third-round pick (2014) on Terrance Brooks.

However, nobody disputes that Peppers is a dangerous returner, and perhaps the most versatile prospect in the draft.  Peppers played safety, linebacker, and wide receiver among other positions at Michigan, and Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees loves versatile players, just as special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg loves game-breaking returners.

Didn’t the Ravens just spend a season hoping that Devin Hester had plenty left as a returner, when he clearly did not? Plugging Peppers into the Ravens’ special teams unit would give them a playmaking dimension they lacked in 2016. If Peppers slides into the second day of the draft, he could become a steal if plugged into the right system.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh can pick up the phone and call his brother to get the inside intel on both Peppers and Charlton. By the draft, the Ravens will know as much about Peppers and Charlton as anyone on the board. Who knows? Maybe Charlton and Peppers are not done playing for a coach named Harbaugh.

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Ravens Mock Draft Roundup: Looks like Baltimore's getting a new wide receiver

Ravens Mock Draft Roundup: Looks like Baltimore's getting a new wide receiver

This is it. It’s finally the week of the 2017 NFL Draft, signaling the end to all of the mock drafts and educated guesses about which move your favorite team will make in the first round.

As for the Baltimore Ravens, there are a number of different directions they could go — add some youth to their receivers, buff up their defensive line or pull a move that could surprise everyone.

With the countdown to the NFL Draft now down to days, here’s a look at which players draft experts and analysts think the Ravens will take with their No. 16 first-round pick.

 

Corey Davis, WR from Western Michigan

Ben Standig, CSN Mid-Atlantic: He argues the Ravens need to prioritize their receiving unit to give Joe Flacco more consistent opens.

“The 6-foot-3 Davis wasn't just a receiver in 2016. We're talking playmaking monster after catching 97 passes for 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns.”

But he also offers up the idea of an edge rusher for the Ravens too.

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Chris Wormley, DE from Michigan

Cameron DaSilva, FOX Sports: Although he asserts Wormley deserves to be a first-round pick somewhere, the Raven’s No. 16 pick could be a bit too high but thinking he’ll still be around by the team’s second-round pick at 47 is “risky.”

“Often overshadowed by other playmakers on Michigan’s defense (Taco Charlton, Jabrill Peppers), Wormley is a great player in his own right, and fits perfectly as a 3-4 defensive end. He can eat up blocks on the edge for Terrell Suggs and Baltimore’s other dynamic pass rushers, while also generating pressure himself.”

Mike Williams, WR from Clemson

Rob Rang, CBS Sports: With the losses of Steve Smith, Sr. and Kamar Aiken, he’s not the only one to point out the Ravens need someone Flacco can rely on, and Williams might be it.

“The Ravens need help at edge rusher and offensive tackle, as well, but general manager Ozzie Newsome may have a hard time letting a prototypical split end like the 6-4, 218-pound Williams slip any further. His ability to box out defenders and win contested passes could make him a quick favorite for Joe Flacco…”

Corey Davis, WR form Western Michigan

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: His argument is quite simple.

“At some point, they have to get Joe Flacco more help outside. This is a player who will end up being the best receiver in this class.”

Cam Robinson, OT from Alabama

Chad Reuter, NFL.com: No matter what’s left by the time the Ravens’ pick rolls around, he argues Baltimore will find someone for the O-Line.

“If Buffalo takes this physically dominant tackle from Alabama at 10, then Ozzie Newsome will find another bargain here.”

 O.J. Howard, TE from Alabama 

Evan Silva, Yahoo Sports: In a year of stand-out tight ends, he asserts this might be the right move for the Ravens.

"Tight ends ordinarily do not make first-year impacts, and the depth of the class could work against the top-end talents. At No. 16, however, I think Howard would be too appealing for GM Ozzie Newsome to pass. 2015 second-round pick Maxx Williams has been a colossal disappointment, and Dennis Pitta is on his last legs. Howard is the pro-readiest tight end in this class." 

John Ross, WR from Washington

Mike Tanier, Bleacher Report: His point is to basically have the Ravens strengthen their offense so it’s reliable and they can leave it alone while working to improve other areas.

“So fast. So record-shatteringly fast. Can also run routes and catch and stuff.”

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2017 NFL Mock Draft 10.0: Plenty of questions ahead of draft day

2017 NFL Mock Draft 10.0: Plenty of questions ahead of draft day

The 2017 NFL Draft takes place this Thursday, April 27th.

With just a few days until draft day, we are doing some last-minute edits to our mock draft. 

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While the top picks remain all but guaranteed — DEs Myles Garrett and Solomon Thomas — The meat of the first round is where the intrigue is.

Just how high will Texas Tech QB Pat Mahomes go?

Will Christian McCaffrey still be on the board when the Redskins draft at No. 18?

Will Reuben Foster plummet out of the first round?

There are a bevy of questions that need to be answered.

Mock Draft 10.0 answers those questions.

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