My take: The Ravens chose to go with an underrated defensive end over a much-needed cornerback. Baltimore had a chance to get Virginia Tech's Kendall Fuller or Notre Dame's KeiVarae Russell, both of whom could have competed with Shareece Wright for a starting job or at least served as the No. 3 corner. This marks the third straight year that the Ravens have drafted a defensive lineman in the first three rounds. Kaufusi has a chance to play right away because starting defensive end Chris Canty was cut this offseason. The other defensive ends on the team are: Lawrence Guy, Brent Urban and Kapron Lewis-Moore. Kaufusi is an all-around defender who finished second among 3-4 defensive ends in run-stop percentage and first in pass-rush productivity, according to Pro Football Focus. He also led the nation with four blocked kicks.
24-year-old rookie: Kaufusi is one of the older prospects in this draft. After high school, he went on a two-year LDS Church mission to Auckland, New Zealand. Kaufusi doesn't believe his age is an issue. "To me, it doesn't matter how old you are," he told the Salt Lake Tribune. "This is serious stuff. The best players are going to play. It is not a big concern for me." His wife is the former BYU women's soccer goalie.
Father knows best: BYU recruited Kaufusi as a tight end in 2010, but he switched to defensive end after returning from his Mormon mission. It was a natural move considering his father is former Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Steve Kaufusi, who is the longtime defensive line coach at BYU. Kaufusi significantly improved his draft stock this past season, when he broke out with 11 sacks and 20 tackles for loss.
What's next: No team is going to be busier than the Ravens early Saturday afternoon. Baltimore has five picks in the fourth round: Nos. 104, 107, 130, 132 and 134. "It's going to be fun," general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "[On Friday night], a lot of work is going to get done on the fourth round. I will say because we have all those picks, our phones will be ringing again. Will we use all five picks? I don't know. The opportunity to take some of those picks and throw it into 2017 could present itself."