Baltimore Ravens- CB Vernon Hargreaves (Florida)
The Ravens have gone a long time since drafting an offensive linemen in the first round going all the way back to Hall of Famer Jonathan Ogden in the 1990’s. I believe they will pass on Notre Dame’s Ronnie Stanley if he’s on the board at six. Baltimore allowed 30 passing touchdowns in 2015 and intercepted only six passes from opposing quarterbacks. Starting cornerback Ladarius Webb’s play has fallen off in recent years due to his age and lingering injuries. For that reason I think Vernon Hargreaves of Florida would be a great fit for John Harbaugh and the Ravens defense moving forward. Free agent safety Eric Weddle was signed from San Diego this offseason to improve the secondary as well. Hargreaves is praised most for his competitiveness and overall production in the best conference in college football, the SEC. Scouts talk routinely about the explosiveness and instinctiveness for Hargreaves at the cornerback position. His ability to make big plays is reflected by his seven interceptions the past two seasons for the Gators. Another attribute for Hargreaves is his willingness to stick his nose in on running plays which most college corners lack nowadays. The common knock on the Florida Gator is his wiry frame and lack of height at 5’10. Some scouts also question the recovery speed for Hargreaves especially since he has a knack for jumping routes. Ozzie Newsome has targeted the secondary with the Ravens first round picks in recent years selecting Jimmy Smith in 2011 and safety Matt Elam in 2013 also from Florida. The main difference is Hargreaves will be getting drafted much higher than those two players who went later in the first round.