The Baltimore Ravens selected defensive tackle Brandon Williams in round 3, and John Simon in round 4. Both of these players were added to bolster the Ravens middle.
One of the problems the Ravens had last season was stopping the run. The Ravens gave up over two hundred yards to the Dallas Cowboys alone, and the Chiefs absolutely dismantled them on the ground.
Brandon Williams is defensive tackle out of Missouri Southern State who possesses the strength to play nose tackle if the Ravens deem fit. That would help toward keeping Haloti Ngata off of the nose tackle position, and more of a defensive tackle position to ruin running plays on the edges and disrupt offensive guards and tackles.
Brandon Williams may have played for a small school, but when he showed up at the Senior Bowl, he was able to play against the best of the best. His ability to eat up blockers and still get penetration should make a huge difference for the Ravens linebackers.
John Simon was an excellent choice for the Baltimore Ravens. He was praised by Urban Meyer to the extent that Urban Meyer said he would even name his kid after him. He’s another relentless motor that can rush the passer and stop the run. John Simon is an excellent pick due to his ability to play defensive end, or outside linebacker which fits the Ravens 3-4 scheme.
He’s also being compared to former Ravens linebacker Jarret Johnson for being hardnosed and consistent. Although most analysis doubts he’s going to start from day one, he should at least contribute and be a very reliable supporter for Terrell Suggs.
The Ravens first four picks are all worthy of starting and, most importantly, add a lot of youth to the defense. As long as the Ravens young stars can learn from the veterans, the defense has a very bright future ahead of them.