’15 selections yet to tap into their potential
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.