The Baltimore Ravens had nine selections in the 2015 draft. Here’s a closer look at how their picks have contributed:
2015 draft class:
Starters: None. There was hope that wide receiver Breshad Perriman and tight end Maxx Williams would earn spots in the starting lineup by this point in the season. But Perriman has yet to play a regular-season snap after spraining his knee on the first day of training camp, and he could soon be placed on injured reserve. Williams has played only 33 percent of Baltimore's snaps because Crockett Gillmore is the team's most complete tight end. But Williams had his best game of the season Sunday, when he caught four passes for 40 yards and scored his first touchdown. A full offseason in the weight room will help Williams handle the wear and tear of a full NFL season. For the first half of the season, it has essentially been a redshirt season for each of the Ravens' top two picks.
On the cusp: Third-rounder Carl Davis held his own when he started three games in place of the injured Timmy Jernigan. He needs to be more consistent in stopping the run, but he is valuable and versatile by playing nose tackle and defensive tackle. The biggest surprise has been fifth-rounder Nick Boyle, who has outplayed Williams. Boyle is tough and a better receiver than expected. He looks to be the steal of the draft for Baltimore. Two fourth-rounders -- linebacker Za'Darius Smith and running back Javorius Allen -- have had to step up due to injuries and have proven to be solid backups.
Undrafted free agents they like: There are only two undrafted rookies on the 53-man roster: running back Raheem Mostert and offensive tackle De'Ondre Wesley. Both are developmental reserves. Mostert is on his third team this season (Eagles, Dolphins and Ravens) after being claimed off waivers on Oct. 14, but he has upside as a returner. He broke a 50-yard kickoff return Sunday. Wesley was promoted from the Ravens' practice squad on Oct. 28 and hasn't been active for a game. This isn't like past years, when the Ravens had undrafted players like kicker Justin Tucker and special-teams standout Zach Orr.
My take on class: The perception of this class could be much different a year from now at this point in the season if Perriman and Williams develop into big-play targets for Joe Flacco. At this point, however, this group is defined by a bunch of role players but an unknown number of future starters. The appropriate grade is incomplete given that nearly half of the draft class -- Perriman, Williams, Tray Walker and Darren Waller -- has been either injured or banged up for a good portion of the year. If pressed on a grade, the Ravens' rookies get a "C" based on the impact made in the first half of the season.
Mel Kiper's take on class: Boyle could be a steal, and Williams has shown flashes. Allen could eventually be a No. 1 running back for the Ravens. Davis played well early but needs to be more consistent. I do think Perriman can be really good, particularly with Joe Flacco using him to stretch the field, but we haven't seen it yet because he's been dealing with a knee injury. If and when he pans out, things look better.