Round 3: Jalen Pitre
Pitre’s style of play is going to divide opinion for NFL scouts throughout the pre-draft process. He isn’t a classic outside corner that can line up on the outside and lock down his man for four quarters.
Instead, Pitre is a strange sort of corner that does his best work near the line of scrimmage. He’s really physical and does his best work in tight spaces. Some might argue with the idea of the Ravens taking a nickel corner in Round 3, but the organization understands just how often it’s forced to play against three-receiver sets.
Don’t overlook his ability to boost an NFL defense with his blitzing ability as a rookie. Baylor gave Pitre a lot of leeway in that regard and he managed to wreak havoc in opposing backfields. Harbaugh is a coach who can get the most out of a unique talent like Pitre.
This is a classic example of a team gambling on a playmaker in Round 3. It’s the sort of swing the Ravens should be taking and Pitre could become a versatile weapon in their defense moving forward.
Round 3: Josh Paschal
The Ravens value defensive versatility and Paschal’s ability to play all over the line should appeal strongly to them in Round 3. Adding Paschal and Hall to their defensive options would be a strong boost to Baltimore’s defense.
Paschal isn’t a classic edge rusher but he can play either at defensive end or even nose tackles in select looks for this defense. His ability to knife into the opposing backfield will jump out on film for Ravens’ decision-makers.