Austin was already being viewed as a likely first-round pick after piling up 3,413 receiving yards, 1,033 rushing yards and 35 total touchdowns as West Virginia’s version of
Unfortunately for those fans who would love to see the Baltimore native begin his professional career back where his amateur career started, Austin will likely be off the board when the
The Ravens already have one of the NFL’s fastest wide receiver in
For what it's worth, Austin told The Baltimore Sun this weekend that he believes he's the best all-around player in the draft.
Trading up is always possible, I guess, and the Ravens could have as many as 11 picks once compensatory picks are dispensed. But it may take moving up into the first half of the round to get him, which would be a bold move. Would such a gamble be worth it?
Two year ago, the
Austin is a completely different player, starting with the fact that Jones has five inches and 46 pounds on him, and it would be unfair to compare them. I am only providing him as an example that such a move by a playoff team is not unprecedented, though in the past the Ravens have only leaped up in the draft for a quarterback.
The Ravens have more pressing needs, sure. General manager
But we know the Ravens almost always draft players based on value, not need. They will take the best player available, especially since this draft class is considered to be deep in the trenches.
Is Austin a player the Ravens will covet in April? They chatted with him at the combine, but it is too soon to say just how smitten they are. Plus, after Austin ran the second-fastest 40-yard dash in Indy, chances are they aren't alone in their admiration. It seems unlikely the Dunbar product winds up in purple, but he is a prospect to keep an eye on, even if it is just because he is Baltimore bred.
--- This quarterback class is considered by most analysts to be mediocre. There is no can’t-miss prospect like
--- I have seen a lot of mock drafts linking the Ravens to inside linebackers such as Manti Te’o and Kevin Minter. It makes sense, I guess, given that
--- As I mentioned above, the Ravens might be looking for a new left tackle in this draft.