’15 se­lec­tions yet to tap into their po­ten­tial

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS & NFL - Ed­ward.lee@balt­sun.com twitter.com/Ed­wardLeeSun

Here’s a look at what has hap­pened with each of the nine play­ers from that class. Wide re­ceiver Bre­shad Per­ri­man, first round: The 26th over­all pick’s rookie sea­son ended be­fore it be­gan. A par­tially torn PCL in his right knee side­lined him for the en­tire year, and a par­tially torn ACL in his left knee this off­sea­son kept him on the team’s phys­i­cally-un­able-top­er­form list un­til Aug. 18. Thus far, Per­ri­man has10 catches for 124 yards. He has not caught more than three balls in a game, and his sea­son high in yards came in the sea­son opener, when he leaped for a 35-yard grab. It was his only re­cep­tion. Tight end Maxx Wil­liams, sec­ond round: The Ravens moved up in the draft to se­lect Wil­liams, who was sup­posed to be the heir ap­par­ent to Den­nis Pitta. Wil­liams caught 32 passes for 268 yards and one touch­down last sea­son but was out­played by Crock­ett Gill­more. Wil­liams does not have a catch in 2016 and was placed on in­jured re­serve Oct. 7 be­cause of car­ti­lage dam­age in his knee. De­fen­sive tackle Carl Davis, third round: Davis made 11 tack­les in 13 games (three starts) in 2015 but also was in­ac­tive for three games. He in­jured his an­kle in the Ravens’ fi­nal pre­sea­son game, against the New Or­leans Saints on Sept. 1, and was placed on IR four days later. Out­side line­backer Za’Dar­ius Smith, fourth round: The first of three picks in the fourth round, Smith had 51⁄ sacks and 30 tack­les last sea­son. He has just six tack­les and no sacks so far de­spite play­ing 198 de­fen­sive snaps, just nine fewer than start­ing out­side line­backer Ter­rell Suggs. Run­ning back Buck Allen, fourth round: Last sea­son, Allen re­placed Justin Forsett when the starter broke his arm, and rushed for 514 yards and one touch­down on 137 car­ries. After be­ing de­ac­ti­vated for the first three games in 2016, he has car­ried the ball seven times for 31 yards and caught three passes for 15 yards while back­ing up Ter­rance West. Cor­ner­back Tray Walker, fourth round: Walker ap­peared in eight games in 2015, mak­ing one tackle on both de­fense and spe­cial teams. He was in­volved in a mo­tor­bike ac­ci­dent just north of Mi­ami on March 17 and died a day later at age 23. Tight end Nick Boyle, fifth round: Last sea­son, Boyle caught 18 passes for 153 yards in 11 games be­fore get­ting sus­pended for the fi­nal four games for vi­o­lat­ing the league’s per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing-drug pol­icy. He com­mit­ted a sec­ond vi­o­la­tion and is half­way through a 10-game sus­pen­sion. Guard Robert My­ers, fifth round: My­ers was the only mem­ber of the class to get cut at the end of the 2015 pre­sea­son. He even­tu­ally re­turned to the Ravens’ prac­tice Ravens out­side line­backer Za’Dar­ius Smith, a fourthround draft pick in 2015, had 51⁄ sacks and 30 tack­les last sea­son. He has just six tack­les and no sacks so far de­spite play­ing nine fewer de­fen­sive snaps than Ter­rell Suggs. squad be­fore he was signed by the Den­ver Bron­cos, earn­ing a Su­per Bowl ring with them. He is cur­rently a mem­ber of the Seat­tle Sea­hawks’ prac­tice squad. Tight end Dar­ren Waller, sixth round: Orig­i­nally a wide re­ceiver, Waller has made the tran­si­tion to tight end. He caught two passes for 18 yards in six games last sea­son be­fore sit­ting out the fi­nal nine games be­cause of a ham­string in­jury. After serv­ing a four-game sus­pen­sion for vi­o­lat­ing the NFL’s sub­stance-abuse pol­icy, Waller made his 2016 de­but Sun­day, play­ing pri­mar­ily on spe­cial teams.

A true as­sess­ment of the draft class’ pro­duc­tiv­ity won’t be pos­si­ble un­til sev­eral more years have passed. But Allen is con­fi­dent that he and his draft­mates can make the or­ga­ni­za­tion proud.

“We’ve got a lot of great guys that can take ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­nity,” he said. “So we’ve just got to use them.”

NOTE: Look­ing to add depth to their of­fen­sive line with start­ing of­fen­sive tack­les Ron­nie Stan­ley and Rick Wag­ner deal­ing with in­juries, the Ravens on Tues­day re-signed vet­eran Vladimir Du­casse, who was one of their fi­nal ros­ter cuts this sum­mer. Du­casse takes the ros­ter spot of cor­ner­back Shel­don Price, who was placed on IR with a thigh in­jury. Price, 25, started at cor­ner­back in the loss to Wash­ing­ton in place of an in­jured Sha­reece Wright, but he was forced to exit the game early in the first quar­ter.


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