The Ravens felt like they struck gold with their two picks on day two of the 2015 NFL draft.
Holding the 58th and 90th overall picks on Friday evening, the Ravens once again saw a plethora of players coming off their draft board at a very fast rate. Newsome and company wasted zero time in pulling the trigger on a trade to move up and nab Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams.
Sending their 58th pick and fifth-round (158th) to the Arizona Cardinals, the Ravens feared the big-bodied red zone threat Williams would not be there, particularly with their division rivals Steelers holding the 56th pick in the second round.
“It wouldn’t have mattered what team,” said Newsome when asked if he feared the Steelers would have selected the former Golden Gopher. “We get to a point that we feel like it’s time to go get a player. We wait through three or four picks, and then I get a little antsy, and when you have ammunition, you just go and get the player.
“But it wouldn’t have mattered who was picking at that spot for us to move up and get the guy.”
Sources have said though Pittsburgh was expected to pick Williams to replace aging veteran Heath Miller at tight end.
While many fans expected the team to address their needs at running back or cornerback on day two, the front office felt day three would still have quality players available at those positions.
“We have some guys we’re sleeping on for sure,” stated Assistant GM Eric Decosta, “and there are a couple guys that we’re really excited about in the fourth round, multiple guys at several different positions. I think it’s really set up nicely for us, especially considering what we were able to do yesterday and today. I think our needs and the board really gel well.”
Seeing a running back selected before the Ravens selected with the 90th overall pick, Ozzie and company felt as if defensive tackle Carl Davis was a must have and couldn’t believe the Iowa product was still available.
“Carl Davis is a guy that dominated at the Senior Bowl, and I think a lot of scouts will agree that if you go down to Mobile [Alabama] and dominate for the week and play extremely well in the game, that’s a really good sign,” DeCosta said about Davis. “And guys that do that, we think have the skills to play at a high level in the NFL, and we think that Carl is one of those guys.
“He’s going to fit our defense scheme-wise. As Ozzie alluded to, we’ve got great connections at Iowa, so we feel like we know a lot about Carl Davis.
The Davis pick only confirms the fact the Ravens always are thinking ahead when it comes to drafting players in the second and third rounds.
Davis will provide more depth to the defensive front that already is seeing its youth movement taking over. At 6-foot-5 and 320 pounds, Davis will likely be used as a rotational player in 2015 along the defensive line.
For now, the Ravens will hold the 122nd, 125th, 136th, 171st 176th and 204th overall picks on day three of the draft and it’s likely the team will add a young running back, cornerback and even an offensive lineman along the way.
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