With the sixteenth pick in the 2018 Steven Ridley NFL Mock Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select:
Mike McGlinchey; Offensive Tackle from the University of Notre Dame.
Allow me to address the elephant in the room; there is really no receiver, in this draft, worth taking here for the Baltimore Ravens. Not Calvin, Ridley. Not Cortland Sutton. No one. That being said, looking back at Ozzie Newsome’s draft history, he tends to go with the best football players he possibly can. A hard liner of the draft process, Newsome firmly believes in tape more than analytics; his recent picks in the likes of Mosley, Perriman, Stanley and Humphrey being the most recent examples. However, while having the likes of Maurice Hurst over at Rigth Tackle sounds appeasing, having arguably the draft’s best overall tackle in McGlinchey is something that I am certain both Newsome and Harbaugh would appreciate even more. While McGlinchey could play Left Tackle, the fact is that Ronnie Stanley is already the starting Left Tackle. Furthermore, the lack of core strength and his height is also going to be a concern for him entering the league. As a Right Tackle though is where he can develop into a rock solid starter. In a division that just saw the Cleveland Browns add a fearsome new duo in Myles Garrett and Bradley Chubb, the Bengals with Carlos Dunlap and Micheal Johnson and their arch rival in the Steelers with Bud Dupree and T.J. Watt, having two top tier bookend talents from the South Bend always beats the alternative of just having one as Ravens Nation foresaw in 2017.