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Top second round targets for the Ravens

Kevin Dodd

The Ravens took the top guy on their draft board in the first round with the sixth overall pick, but with the fifth pick in the second round, they have a chance to do some damage and get another impact player. It is possible that the Ravens trade down, but why not stick around and pick? There are still some elite players available to take early in the second round, and with two top 40 draft picks, the Ravens can really improve.

Here are five of the best options for the Ravens early in the second round:

Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson

The Ravens need to improve their pass rush and get a third option. Dodd is a proven pass rusher and was huge in Clemson’s run to the National Championship game. He may only have a limited sample size to look at, but he has all of the physical skills you look for in a pass rushing defensive end.

A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama

A big defensive lineman is nowhere near the biggest need for the Ravens, but Robinson slipped down in this draft and is an elite prospect. He dropped because it is unclear whether he can be a truly explosive interior pass rusher, but he’s a very atheltic player with great size and speed and strength. The Ravens defensive line would be better with a guy like this added to it, whether they need him or not.

Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA

It all comes down to the knee. His medical concerns caused him to slip way down in the draft, but talent-wise he is a top five players in this draft. In the second round the risk might be worth the reward because if he hits, he can be a great weakside coverage linebacker.

Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama

With the departure of Darryl Smith the Ravens need another inside linebacker to put next to C.J. Moseley and who better than his old teammates? He is not a great athlete, but he’s a hard-hitting linebacker who will excel against the run. That would free Moseley up to use his speed and athleticism to worry about defending the pass

Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

The Ravens really need to improve their secondary and Alexander is a good man-coverage defensive back who sticks to his receiver. He may not be an immediate starter but he should develop into one very soon. His competitive nature would fit perfectly in the Ravens locker room.

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