DE - GB
Ravens' third-round pick Bronson Kaufusi broke his left ankle during a drill in practice on Thursday. Coach Harbaugh suggested he is likely to miss the entire 2016 season due to the injury.
While this single injury is unlikely to derail the 2016 Baltimore Ravens defense as a whole, it does place the onus for improvement rushing the passer and stopping the run on players who haven't yet made an impact during their time with the club, like Kapron Lewis-Moore and Brent Urban. Time will tell if the Ravens can improve on their 2015 performance, but this is nevertheless a disappointing continuation of the injury narrative that haunted last year's squad.
With the seventh pick in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft, the Baltimore Ravens have selected BYU defensive end Bronson Kaufusi.
The Ravens, having passed on versatile defensive end DeForest Buckner in round one in favor of OT Ronnie Stanley, have added a second player to their front seven on day two by selecting Bronson Kaufusi. With the size to play along Baltimore's three-man front at 6'6, 275 lbs., Kaufusi also has athleticism in spades, playing linebacker his junior year and varsity basketball his freshman year in college. This coach's son had an incredibly productive college career, tallying over 30 tackles for loss in just his final two years . He plays with a relentless motor and should effectively shore up the defense of a team that fell apart due to injuries and poor performance throughout last season.
The Ravens select DE Bronson Kaufusi as the 70th overall pick.
He's a big guy (6'6, 285) but he is raw. He has a lot of ability to move on the line and cause problems for quarterbacks by blocking passing lanes. He just needs to build strength and mass so that he can become a consistent producer.
Not only did Kaufusi play each position along the defensive line for BYU, he also spent his junior season playing linebacker and was on the Cougars' basketball team's freshman year of college. He was productive at both levels of the front seven, tallying seven sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss total as a LB before blowing up the stat sheet with 10.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss on the DL as a senior.
Aside from his production and versatility, teams should be attracted to a lineman who has done quite a better than just stay out of trouble during college. The 24-year-old prospect spent two years on a Mormon mission and spends his spare time hiking, fishing, and playing Mario Kart against his wife. Kaufusi will never be a locker room distraction or cause offâ€“field issues, and can thus be an asset to an NFL team in more than an on-field capacity.
Lack of depth at the DE position could have some prospects selected earlier than expected. As such, Bronson Kaufusi is one of the names climbing draft boards.
Kaufusi has been solid in his post-season workouts, including the Senior Bowl, Combine and Pro Day. He could find himself selected as soon as the middle of the second round.