David Wright has been shut down with an intercostal strain and was expected to miss several weeks, including Opening Day. Terry Collins is more optimistic than that, however, with Mike Puma of the New York Post reporting that Collins is “confident” that Wright will be ready for Opening Day. Obviously it’s more important that he’s…
The Ravens took outside linebacker Kamalei Correa from Boise St. with pick No. 42 in the draft, a player they believe will strengthen their pass rush. Correa had 20 career sacks at Boise St., and he will be given a chance to make an impact right away.
Getting a pass rusher was a priority for the Ravens in this draft. With Terrell Suggs coming off Achilles surgery and Elvis Dumervil now 32 years old, the Ravens need to create pressure on quarterbacks from other sources. Both Suggs and Dumervil can be mentors for Correa, a high-energy player who the Ravens’ decision-makers were impressed with after meeting with him at the combine. Even if Correa’s technique is raw, the Ravens hope he can contribute as a situational pass rusher.
“I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to join the Ravens,” Correa said during a conference call. “There’s nothing bad to say about them. There’s no words to say how excited I am to play for them.”
And we thought the Cowboys were taking a chance with their first-round pick. They really rolled the dice tonight.
After taking a running back in the first round last night the Cowboys took a player who won’t play in 2016 with their second-round pick.
Last night it was Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth pick in the draft, generally considered to be way too high to draft a running back. Tonight it was Jaylon Smith, the Notre Dame linebacker who won’t play in 2016.
Smith was on his way to being a top-10 pick in the draft until he suffered a serious knee injury in the Fighting Irish’s bowl game. He was diagnosed with nerve damage as a result of the injury. That scared teams off until the Cowboys took him with the 34th overall pick in the draft.
If he can play in 2017 he could be quite a boost to the Dallas defense. Smith was an excellent all-around defender at Notre Dame and he could give the Redskins problems in both the running and passing game.
But if there is a lingering issue with the knee, Smith could either not play or have the quality of his play diminished. That’s a gamble that the Cowboys are willing to take.
One reason that the Cowboys may be confident in their wager is that the doctor who performed the surgery on Smith is one of their team physicians so they may have had better information than most of the other teams out there.
The Ravens started Round 2 of the draft by trading down – twice. First of the Ravens dealt with the Jaguars, trading down two spots. In exchange for giving the Jaguars the 36th pick in the draft, the Ravens received the 38th and 146th pick from the Jaguars.
Then the Ravens traded down from No. 38 to No. 42. In exchange for sending the 38th pick to the Dolphins, the Ravens received picks No. 42 and 107 (fourth round) from the Dolphins.
Moving up two spots with the pick they got from the Ravens, the Jaguars took UCLA linebacker Miles Jack, finally ending his freefall. Jack was expected to be a top-10 pick until concern grew about the state of his surgically-repaired knee. If Jack has a long, successful NFL career, the Ravens could regret passing on a player who could have fit nicely in their defense. However, the Ravens didn’t feel they could take the risk on Jack, especially after wide receiver Breshad Perriman missed his entire rookie season last year with a knee injury.
Meanwhile, moving down from No. 36 to No. 42 meant the Ravens were confident they could still get a player they coveted, while getting the extra picks from Jaguars and Dolphins.