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Baltimore Ravens 2023 NFL Draft picks, analysis and prospect spotlight

Kansas City, MO, USA; Boston College wide receiver Zay Flowers with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Baltimore Ravens twenty second overall in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft at Union Station. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The 2023 NFL Draft is officially in the books. After a flurry of selections from Thursday to Saturday, 259 players were selected to join the NFL.

With that, we give you our full recap of the Baltimore Ravens draft, with analysis on every selection the team made during the weekend and an in-depth look at their top pick.

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2023 NFL Draft Picks

R1 (22): WR Zay Flowers, Boston College
R3 (86): LB Trenton Simpson, Clemson
R4 (124): EDGE Tavius Robinson, Ole Miss
R5 (157): CB Kyu Blu Kelly, Stanford
R6 (199): OG Sala Aumavae-Laulu, Oregon
R7 (229): OG Andrew Vorhees, USC

Day 1: Flowers is shifty, knows how to separate and complements what the Ravens have at the position well. He can replace the production they lost from Hollywood Brown after trading him away last year, as Flowers racked up 500 receiving yards on throws 20-plus yards downfield.

Day 2: Baltimore gets good value here in Clemson off-ball linebacker Trenton Simpson, a former five-star recruit in the 2020 class. Simpson’s numbers did dip a bit from 2021 to 2022 as he moved from an overhang role to playing more in between the tackles, but the Ravens will surely take advantage of the physically gifted linebacker’s versatility.

Day 3: Robinson has all the tools at 6-foot-6 and 257 pounds. He is a project, though, and while he has the length and power to play in the NFL, he needs to widen his pass-rush arsenal. Baltimore won’t ask him to play a ton early, and they’ll have to decide if he is a 3-4 end or an outside linebacker in their defense.

Kelly has a ton of football experience as the son of a former NFL corner and a four-year starter at Stanford, which ran a man-heavy scheme in his time there. Nonetheless, Kelly may be a better fit in a zone scheme due to his length and vision.

Vorhees made news at the combine after putting up 38 bench press reps (98th percentile) after tearing his ACL in the drills. That speaks to the kind of power that he brings to the interior. Vorhees earned 80.0-plus PFF grades in each of the past two seasons as a starter for USC and is an intriguing “redshirt” selection here for Baltimore in the seventh round.

DRAFT GRADE: B

Prospect Spotlight: WR Zay Flowers, Boston College

Flowers is the best pure separator in the draft class. Defensive backs won't be able to stick with him across on his route breaks unless they're holding him. He racked up 1,077 yards and 12 scores this past season.

Strengths, weaknesses and NFL role

Where he wins: Quickness

If Flowers doesn't want you to touch him, chances are you won't. He has that rare ability to spint in any direction in the blink of an eye.

What's his role? Moveable weapon

You want defenses to not know where Flowers is going to be on any given play due to how much of a mismatch problem his athletic profile presents. Get him matched up against a linebacker or safety, and it's over.

What he can improve: Setting up routes

It's scary to think that Flowers has earned his production without being a well-polished route-runner. He's too often running the routes as they're drawn on paper without manipulating defenders.

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