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Ravens rookies: 2017 draft class

If in doubt, go with defence. The Ravens followed a familiar strategy in the 2017 NFL Draft, picking up an exciting selection of talent.

The 2017 draft class

Round 1, Pick 16: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
Round 2, Pick 46: Tyus Bowser, LB, Houston
Round 3, Pick 74 (From PHI via Jernigan trade): Chris Wormley, DE, Michigan
Round 3, Pick 79: Tim Williams, LB, Alabama
Round 4, Pick 123: Nico Siragusa, OL, San Diego State
Round 5, Pick 159: Jermaine Eluemunor, OL, Texas A&M
Round 6, Pick 186 (From SF via Zuttah trade): Chuck Clark, DB, Virginia Tech

Five of seven draftees are on defense, which has annoyed some fans who wanted playmakers for the other side of the ball. The team says the board just didn’t fall that way so they took the best player available at each pick. It’s hard to argue with that.

The Ravens will hope they have accumulated enough talent to fix the pass rush, which was a weak spot last year. They will also hope that Humphrey is a long-term success, though the addition of Carr in the off-season should mean he isn’t under pressure to contribute immediately.

For British fans, the addition of Eluemunor is especially interesting. The 6’4″, 330lb offensive lineman grew up in London and had his first taste of American football when he saw the first International Series game – between the Dolphins and Giants in 2007 – on TV. He moved to the US when he was 14 and started to play the game. If he makes the team then his presence at Wembley will be big news.

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