Draft Grades – Baltimore Ravens
I’ve been looking at the fantasy repercussions of the 2013 Draft and giving out a few grades and rankings. The grades mostly focus on fantasy-relevant positions, but I’m also examining overall positional value and strategy. A complete list of teams already covered can be found at my author archive.
No. 3 Baltimore Ravens Grades: A
The Ravens continue to crush the draft. Baltimore ignores the debate between need and BPA by consistently filling a huge need with a prospect who somehow just happens to also be the best player available.
Ozzie Newsome was able to get the safety he coveted to fill the void left by Ed Reed and still get the draft’s top inside linebacker. Arthur Brown was a home run at 56 and immediately becomes a force in IDP. Brown and Matt Elam won’t be able to replace legends like Reed and Ray Lewis, but they’ll help mitigate the damage of those departures. Third round pick Brandon Williams was also a value. The defensive tackle probably would have gone earlier if not starring for Missouri Southern in Division II’s top conference.
I ranked Aaron Mellette as my No. 7 pre-draft receiver after he led all wideouts by representing 54% of his team’s receiving offense. You’re probably assuming that he must not be a good size/speed prospect, but his Height-adjusted Speed Score of 106 is even with Justin Hunter and better than DeAndre Hopkins. (For more a fuller look at the size/speed/production profiles of other late round wide receivers, check out my full rundown.) That Baltimore got him with pick 238 demonstrates how most teams are still very skeptical of small school prospects and very skeptical of analytics.