After selecting Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon in the first round of our 2015 NFL mock draft, Jason Butt of Baltimore Beatdown is back to make a second-round pick for the Baltimore Ravens. He quickly closed in on a unique prospect that many have known for some time now, but few have known for as long as the Ravens themselves.
58. Ravens: Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (OH)
Butt: The Ravens have known about Rollins for quite some time, even before he decided to switch from basketball to football in his final year of athletic eligibility. According to The Baltimore Sun, a Ravens scout suggested to the Miami director of basketball operations that Rollins switch to football. The move has done wonders for his future, as Rollins is now considered a second-round NFL pick after winning the MAC’s Defensive Player of the Year award.
The Ravens have a need to fill at cornerback, and Rollins is athletic and aggressive enough to fit into their defensive scheme. Russ Lande told The Sun that if Rollins spent his entire college career playing football, he’d probably be a Top 15 pick. Rollins is 5'11 and 193 pounds, and posted a 4.57-second 40-yard dash time at the combine. Though he’s still raw after just one year of college football, Rollins has plenty of potential to succeed in this league.
Dan Kadar, SBNation.com: Who knew about the Ravens/Rollins connection? See, you learn something new every day. This has been quite a run on cornerbacks with five of the last seven picks coming at that position. With that run, there is a steep drop-off after Rollins. This is a solid choice because Rollins should be able to eventually work his way into a starting position. But after two picks, the Ravens don't have a new wide receiver. That would be quite a gamble.
Dan's Top 5 players remaining
- 39. Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State
- 47. Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana
- 50. Markus Golden, DE, Missouri
- 53. Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan
- 54. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska
- 1-26: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
- 2-58: Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (OH)