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NFL Mock Draft 2015: Baltimore Ravens Select Jaelen Strong

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With the 26th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens (represented by quickdrawdoc) select...

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Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State

Strong is from Philly. West Philly. Born and raised. Track & football was where he spent most of his days. Runnin’ ‘round lapping, long jumpin’ on fools, until he got scholarship offers from four schools.

Seriously. He grew up in West Philly and then moved to L.A. No Uncle Phil though, to my knowledge.

Strong attended Los Angeles Pierce College where he was very productive, racking up 67 catches for +1,200 yards and 15 TDs in 10 games before transferring to Arizona State prior to the 2013 season.

He then carried his junior college performance to Tempe where he logged 75 receptions for +1,100 yards and 7 TDs in 14 games in his first season, followed by an even better 2014 outing which saw him improve to 82 receptions for roughly the same yardage, but for 10 TDs in 2 fewer games.

"Strong looks the part of a physical, possession receiver with a relatively high floor" – NFL.com Draft profile

At #26 there’s reason to like Strong going to the Ravens. He IS physical + tallish (6’2) + somewhat fast (4’4) + he had the second highest vert. for WRs at the Combine, behind Georgia’s Chris Conley who can jump over a standard USPS mailbox!

With a dearth of receiving options after notably losing Torrey Smith, TE Owen Daniels and, to a lesser extent, Jacoby Jones, all to free agency, Ozzie will be looking for a reliable possession receiver to pair with… Steve Smith Sr. No one’s standing on the table for Marlon Brown. Yet.

Of note, SSS DID have a decent 2014 outing with 79 receptions for 1,065 yards and 6 TDs.

Strong will not be a replacement for the speedy Torrey Smith, but he will make contested catches, create separation, power through tackles for bonus YACs, and maybe even make Joe Flacco feel more like the elite QB he thinks he is.

Lest I forget about his famed 2012-2013 playoff run. And that Brees has yet to beat him, but that’s all I’ll concede.

Strong has been compared to Anquan Boldin, and that’s pretty apt. Taller (2-4" depending on the source – apparently Strong moonlights as Apocalypse) and faster, however. I’d note though that Boldin is established for his tenacity and 3rd down-conversion-obnoxiousness. Not that Strong doesn’t also have these traits but as these things go, predictions on translation and effectiveness of physicality at the next level factor in a jump in the size and physicality modern NFL DBs bring.

Not to despair though Ravens fans. SSS, Strong’s Carlton, will teach the young man that even standing at 5’9, NFL DBs can be whooped.

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Pick Team Selection Team Representative Approval Rating
1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston - Florida State
Hans Petersen 82%
2 Tennessee Titans DE Leonard Williams - USC Tee Word 85%
3 Jacksonville Jaguars DE Dante Fowler - Florida Khannar 80%
4 Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper - Alabama arcuate 73%
5 Washington Redskins DE Randy Gregory - Nebraska Lostastic 29%
6 NY Jets OLB Vic Beasley - Clemson BlackandGold4ever 52%
7 Chicago Bears LB Shane Ray - Missouri saintmanumit 28%
8 Atlanta Falcons DE Bud Dupree - Kentucky Dave Choate 46%
9 NY Giants NT Danny Shelton - Washington GoFastTurnLeftMaybeRight 60%
10 St. Louis Rams OT Andrus Peat - Stanford Kevin Sean Held 46%
11 Minnesota Vikings WR Kevin White - West Virginia gulf shores 60%
12 Cleveland Browns QB Marcus Mariota - Oregon ryan_la_sports07 68%
13 New Orleans Saints CB Trae Waynes - Michigan State Dave Cariello 57%
14 Miami Dolphins RB Todd Gurley - Georgia Ralph Malbrough 30%
15 San Francisco 49ers DE Arik Armstead - Oregon The Irish Assassin 31%
16 Houston Texans WR DeVante Parker - Louisville
quickdrawdoc 77%
17 San Diego Chargers OT La'el Collins - LSU LeedsSaint 66%
18 Kansas City Chiefs WR Dorial Green-Beckham - Missouri jmcmillan_93 46%
19 Cleveland Browns TE Maxx Williams - Minnesota ryan_la_sports07 46%
20 Philadelphia Eagles S Landon Collins - Alabama Matt Mosley 53%
21 Cincinnati Bengals OT Ereck Flowers - Miami coldpizza 60%
22 Pittsburgh Steelers CB Marcus Peters - Washington whodatgermany 73%
23 Detroit Lions DT Malcolm Brown - Texas Khannar 81%
24 Arizona Cardinals CB Jalen Collins - LSU saintmanumit
25 Carolina Panthers OT Brandon Scherff - Iowa Jake White
26 Baltimore Ravens WR Jaelen Strong - Arizona St. quickdrawdoc
27 Dallas Cowboys
arcuate
28 Denver Broncos
Ryne Hancock
29 Indianapolis Colts
Alex Lyles
30 Green Bay Packers
Matt Mosley
31 New Orleans Saints
Dave Cariello
32 New England Patriots
Whit Prottsman