The Baltimore Ravens don’t have a ton of needs, but the needs they do have are significant and at important positions. They need an upgrade at receiver greatly, as their last first round pick, as well as many other draft picks, have not worked out as they have hoped. They also need to replenish the edge rusher position that was depleted with the losses of Yannick Ngakoue and Matthew Judon. They have had a need at safety since the release of Earl Thomas. DeShon Elliott and Chuck Clark have been solid players, as has Tavon Young, but all three would need upgraded to get this secondary playing at a high caliber. I would expect one of these positions to go in Round 1, or for them to trade out. All heights, weights, and RAS (Relative Athletic Score) are courtesy of Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb on Twitter) and are available at relativeathleticscores.com with many different search options available. Images are courtesy of XB Creative (@XBcreative on Twitter).
Joe Tryon, Washington, 6’5″, 259lbs, 9.29 RAS
Joseph Ossai, Texas, 6’3″, 256lbs, 9.49 RAS
Gregory Rousseau, Miami (FL), 6’6″, 266lbs, 7.75 RAS
Hamilcar Rashed Jr., Oregon State, 6’2″, 251lbs, 8.31 RAS
Quincy Roche, Miami (FL), 6’2″, 245lbs, 6.4 RAS
Dayo Odeyingbo, Vanderbilt, 6’5″, 276lbs
The Ravens lost both of their starting edge rushers in free agency. They resigned Tyus Bowser, but still need more help. They have found a lot of success in later rounds with pass rushers, and may try to strike gold again. They have drafted both great athletes and players who have fallen partially due to bad athletic testing. No matter who they draft at defensive end, you have faith in this front office and coaching staff to select a solid player who will produce to some extent. Tryon and Ossai are both freak athletes coming off the edge. Gregory Rousseau is a player that I personally am not a big fan of, but believe he could do well in more of as a 3-4 DE, possibly even kicking in to 3-Tech in pass rush situations. He had quite a bit of success as a nose tackle on passing downs in college, getting a substantial amount of his 15.5 sacks as a redshirt freshman from there. Quincy Roche came in to Miami as a graduate transfer, and many thought they would get to see him opposite Rousseau, while instead getting Roche opposite of Phillips, who would be the no-doubt first edge rusher taken if there weren’t injury concerns with him. Roche is a refined pass rusher and an okay athlete. Hamilcar Rashed Jr. is quite the opposite, a great athlete who possesses a high motor but needs to work on his technique. Odeyingbo could be described much the same way but provides incredible versatility. While Rashed will be almost exclusively an outside linebacker in their 3-4 defense, Odeyingbo provides the ability to play both outside linebacker and defensive end in the 3-4.
Amon-Ra St. Brown, USC, 5’11”, 197lbs, 7.14 RAS
Dyami Brown, North Carolina, 6’0″, 189lbs, 8.38 RAS
Nico Collins, Michigan, 6’4″, 215lbs, 9.56 RAS
Amari Rodgers, Clemson, 5’9″, 212lbs, 5.37 RAS
Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma St, 5’11”, 194lbs, 4.72 RAS
D’Wayne Eskridge, Western Michigan, 5’8″, 190lbs, 6.73 RAS
The Baltimore Ravens have not had much success drafting receivers in recent years. They need to get Lamar Jackson more weapons to improve their passing game, especially on the outside, and down the field, but any help would be beneficial. Dyami Brown provides the vertical threat they were hoping to get when they drafted Hollywood Brown. Amon-Ra St. Brown is good at all three levels and would be able to line up outside or in the slot. Nico Collins provides a tall, athletic receiver who can win downfield on the outside. In round three, Amari Rodgers provides a good player over the middle of the field and has excellent run after catch ability. D’Wayne Eskridge is a slot receiver that transitioned from being a defensive back. he can play on every facet of special teams, including as a returner for both punts and kickoffs. Tylan Wallace is a 50-50 ball receiver who lacks the normal size of these types of players. Any of these players would most likely be day one starters for the Ravens in a very thin wide receiver room.
Jevon Holland, Oregon, 6’0″, 207lbs, 9.54 RAS
Jamar Johnson, Indiana, 6’2″, 205lbs, 6.2 RAS
Richie Grant, UCF, 5’11”, 197lbs, 7.8 RAS
Talanoa Hufanga, USC, 6’0″, 199lbs, 5.75 RAS
Andre Cisco, Syracuse, 6’0″, 216lbs
Hamsah Nasirildeen, Florida State, 6’3″, 215lbs, 7.77 RAS
After the release of Earl Thomas, they need safety help. Jevon Holland, Jamar Johnson, and Richie Grant all offer versatility at the safety position. They could all play a variety of roles. Jevon Holland can align anywhere including in the nickel. Jamar Johnson is best primarily in split-zone coverages and can also cover tight ends. Richie Grant is preferably a free safety with some nickel ability. In the third round, Hamsah Nasirildeen will be best as a box safety at first, but has the size and athleticism to play multiple roles. He is a high upside pick that you hope can be a good player at multiple positions given more experience and coaching. Talanoa Hufanga is once again a versatile safety who can play multiple positions for any defense. His athleticism will most likely be his limiting factor which is average. Andre Cisco is a free safety that has insane ball skills and good range. His main weakness is over-aggressiveness when trying to jump routes while in zone coverage. Any of these safeties could provide the Ravens with what they need to complete their secondary. Some might not necessarily be ready in year one, but they would be good long term investments for the Ravens.
Jalen Mayfield, Michigan, 6’5″, 326lbs, 4.89 RAS
Alex Leatherwood, Alabama, 6’5″, 312lbs, 9.68 RAS
Stone Forsythe, Florida, 6’8″, 307lbs, 8.78 RAS
Jackson Carman, Clemson, 6’4″, 317lbs
Spencer Brown, Northern Iowa, 6’8″, 311lbs, 10 RAS
The Ravens have a solid offensive line with the addition of Kevin Zeitler. However, Orlando Brown has requested a trade as he wishes to be a left tackle (and paid like one as well) instead of a right tackle. The Ravens could look to add a tackle on day two to sit behind Brown until he is traded. Mayfield is not a player I like, but he fits their scheme well and may actually be better at guard, which could be beneficial as Bradley Bozeman’s contract is up, so Mayfield could kick over to left guard if the Brown situation is resolved. The same goes for Alex Leatherwood, the uber athletic tackle out of Alabama. Leatherwood actually began his career at guard, before kicking out to play left tackle for the past two seasons. He is a solid player, but does not necessarily wow on film. Would most likely be better as a guard but is a good fit for what they want to do. Stone Forsythe is not a day two caliber player. However, by all accounts he will go day two and quite possibly round two. Forsythe showed great improvement over his time at Florida, but still has quite a long ways to go. Of the five offensive tackles listed, he is, in my opinion, the worst of them. He is big, strong, and athletic, and had good film against Georgia. His footwork needs a lot of work. He would be better off sitting for a year, which is something he would be able to do with the Ravens behind Orlando Brown. Jackson Carman is another tackle who some believe could kick inside. He is a strong player who has protected Trevor Lawrence’s blind side after being a highly touted recruit. Spencer Brown is a good developmental tackle who is a freak athlete with outstanding length. Brown started at right tackle for Northern Iowa where he used his length to his advantage. He came in to Northern Iowa at under 250lbs and left five years later at 311lbs. With more coaching to help improve technique, he can be a good starter. Any of these linemen would be good fits for the Ravens.