Around The North: Baltimore Ravens’ Day Two Recap

When you talk about “winners” through two days of the 2017 NFL draft, if the Baltimore Ravens aren’t in the discussion, let alone the leaders, well, then you’re just flat out wrong.

Ozzie Newsome continues to be a master at the draft, continuing his strong stretch of drafts Friday as the Ravens grabbed athletic pass rusher Tyus Bowser out of Houston at No. 47 overall, before grabbing Michigan’s Chris Wormley (No. 74 from Philadelphia) and Alabama’s Tim Williams (No. 78) to round of Day 2 of the draft.

Sensing a theme here?

Newsome is clearly trying to rebuild a declining defense, and talk about doing it in a hurry.

Bowser, whom we here at Steelers Depot really liked leading up to the draft, provides the Ravens with a clear heir apparent to veteran Terrell Suggs on the edge, while Wormley plugs a big whole on the defensive line due to the losses of Lawrence Guy (Patriots, free agent) and Timmy Jernigan (Eagles, trade) this off-season.

Williams is a high-risk, high-reward pass rusher from Alabama that could be a major steal at 78 overall for Baltimore if he stays clean off the field and develops into the pass rusher he can be with length and speed off the edge.

It’s quite clear the Ravens feel that the best way to get back to another Super Bowl is through a great defense, and Newsome is leaving nothing to chance, grabbing two pass rushers, a cornerback and a defensive lineman.

I doubt the Ravens are done addressing defense either. I can see another defensive lineman added to the mix before the purple and black shift their focus to offense to get Joe Flacco some help.

But as of now the Ravens might have the best draft in the league through three rounds.

  • Ichabod

    Good thing we have one of the best O-lines in the league

  • Pat Knotts

    DAMM DAMMM DAMMMM

  • The Tony

    It’s not like he’s a genius for taking these picks. The players fell to them and they drafted them.

  • will

    Compare that to what the Steelers did

  • capehouse

    Uhh yeah. Great draft so far. It’s ok to admit it.

  • capehouse

    So frustrating. This is basically the EXACT draft I wanted the Steelers to get. Maybe switch some players around. Switch some positions. Could probably use a Safety too, but wow I would definitely switch out the Steelers draft with this one in a heartbeat. I’m not convinced this is the perfect draft for the Ravens, because I still think they’re gonna have issues in offense, but it would be a perfect draft for the Steelers.

  • Delboka

    Was really hoping for bowser

  • Rocksolid20

    Sounds like the Ratbirds got the better of us
    in pass rushers .

  • VaDave

    I almost got my head handed to me last week having the audacity to suggest help on the DL….

  • Stevie D

    Besides for Humphrey who have the Ravens draft that would start for Steelers. I like the Steelers draft so far.

    Nobody!!!!!!!!

  • NinjaMountie

    Is a great draft by the Ravens for sure. Newsome usually does a pretty good job in this area. I’m a little surprised they didn’t try and help out the offense a little early but you can’t fault them their picks.
    I’m glad we weren’t picking mid round though.

  • Darth Blount 47

    THE RATBIRDS ARE EATING OUR LUNCH.

    Which stinks, because I was quite hungry going into this draft. 4 Straight Defensive guys?! All ranked within Gil Brandt’s top 68 players?! (And it would have been higher since he has 3 within the top 50 and then Bowser, somewhat inexplicably to me, at 68.)

    I’m positively nauseous.

  • NinjaMountie

    I don’t think they are eating our lunch. Two different situations. They are a team trying to fill multiple holes and are looking squarely at another 500 season at best most likely. They were also picking much higher than us.
    We’re a team trying to fill a couple holes and are looking to compete for a SB. We also picked late as heck, lol. Now, it’s debatable how well we filled our holes.

  • capehouse

    I’ve been suggesting it for 2 years while Heyward and Tuitt are getting abused with snap counts. Finally thought this was the year with all the interest. Good news is that one of my favorites Carlos Watkins is still available.

  • Joe Strohs

    Sure, there are a few know-it-all contributors on this site, but even they have to admit that so far this draft has not addressed all the key needs on defense.

  • NCSteel

    Rebuilding a once great defense…Hmm, that sounds like a winning strategy.

  • WB Tarleton

    I disagree. Don’t get me wrong, they are getting very good players. However, they are mostly replacing good players that they have lost or will lose soon. For the most part, treading water.

    Meanwhile, there are huge holes to fill on that offense that they are not addressing.

    Watt replaces Jarvis-huge upgrade
    JuJu essentially replaces Cobi or Ayers-Huge upgrade
    Cam is a little difficult to judge. I suspect he may be our slot corner by midseason-Slight to moderate upgrade
    Conner replaces DWill-treading water

  • Steel Realist PAul

    They’re filling needs with heavy-hitters, while the Steelers are padding the bench.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    Same here. They’re filling needs with impact players, while the Steelers decided to fill their bench instead. I can’t watch anymore. So disappointed after being super excited about Watt.

  • JT

    I get it. But they’re not making their team better the same way we are. We addressed weakness. Edge, Corner, and WR depth will all be appreciably better thus season. Who’s playing OL, RB, and WR for the Rats?

    Yes. They’ve taken prospects we like. But that always happens. And it’s a lot more fun to be wrong about our favorite guys (because we will be) when they’re on the Rats.

  • Big Joe

    The Ravens draft so similarly to the Steelers that it’s KI surprise that many of the players I find on the board that fit our profile usually get taken by Ravens prior to or after us. For me, it’s never fun to have them drafting before us because I know we’ll lose some opportunities to get players we like then have to face them later on.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I hope all of those Ratbirds get suspended. Year 1. Some crazy party-boat incident that makes national news.

  • VaDave

    And most of them know a lot more than me. The case is there is not a lot of interior DL talent in this draft. That said, I’m not so sure just how much talent is required to be able to crash the A-B gap and make a center’s day a living hell.

  • Bryan Ischo

    I hope we get a good season of competitive football without off the field drama from any team or player for any reason. I hope all of the gossip news organizations go out of business this season as a result.