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2015 Mock Draft: Baltimore Ravens select Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State 26th overall

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

26) Baltimore Ravens

GM – Robb Negron

Pick - Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State

Explanation

Strong just made too much sense here. He has some nice tape, and any questions I had picking him were assuaged after I watched it. IXI said he looked like a better Randle, but I see a bit of Anquan Boldin in his game, and while he doesn’t have the breakaway speed that guys like OBJ have, he has the size, hands, and route running to be really good in the middle of the field. Not to mention every time that Arizona needed a play he made it. I can only imagine the damage he can do with a QB as solid as Flacco, really too a pick to make. I was leaning really hard towards DGB at first, but in light of the Ray Rice situation, and despite my personal belief that DGB is on the up and up now, I felt it was too soon for that move, as such Strong just felt the safer way to go for a team that can seriously push for the Super Bowl.

Raptor's View

If Dorial Green-Beckham can't prove to teams that he is over his issues, then Jaelen Strong is probably the fourth receiver behind Amari Cooper, DeVante Parker, and Kevin White. That's why I could see him going anywhere from 15th to the 49ers all the way down to here at the Ravens. Invictus says he sees a more physical Rueben Randle, Robb says he sees some Anquian Bolden, personally, I see quite a bit of Alshon Jeffery in Strong's game. Strong's size, catch radius, body control, and strength and physicality at the catch point should go well in Baltimore, and a year of learning from Steve Smith Sr. could make Strong into a monster.

This could also be a home for Melvin Gordon even though Justin Forsett is out of the "friend zone" with the Ravens, or Eddie Goldman if they want to keep adding to their defensive line. But I wouldn't complain about Strong if I was a Ravens fan

The Dallas Cowboys are officially On The Clock!

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