The 2020 NFL Draft is just under two weeks away, which means that The Game Haus will be doing draft profiles for every team. Each NFL team will be looked at heading into this year’s draft including what their needs are and who they could be targeting. The Baltimore Ravens will be the 24th team evaluated.
The Baltimore Ravens were one of the hottest teams in football at the end of 2018-19. They kept that momentum and became one of the biggest talking points in football throughout the season. That is because of quarterback Lamar Jackson and what he did in his first full season as a starter. Jackson electrified the Ravens’ offense and was a huge reason why the Ravens won their last 12 games during the regular season. Shockingly, the Ravens’ season ended after one playoff game after being upset by the hottest team in football at the time the Tennessee Titans. The Ravens will look to build upon what they did last season and are trying to contend for a Super Bowl.
Jackson was the league’s second unanimous MVP this past season. Not only did he lead the league with 36 passing touchdowns but Jackson also ran for 1,206 yards and seven touchdowns. That is good for sixth in the entire league. Jackson wasn’t the Ravens only 1,000+ yard rusher on their roster. Mark Ingram, who the Ravens’ signed last offseason, also rushed for over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns. Jackson needed receiver help and the Ravens drafted two last year with Marquise Brown in the first round and Miles Boykin in the third. Neither eclipsed 600 yards this year, but both showed they have a bright future in the league. The Ravens’ leading receiver this past season was Mark Andrews. Andrews led the team with 852 yards and 10 touchdowns which led to an invite to the Pro Bowl. This also led to the trade of former first-round pick Hayden Hurst to the Atlanta Falcons. However, the biggest loss for the Ravens on offense was former All-Pro guard Marshal Yanda to retirement.
The Ravens’ defense lost big names like CJ Mosely, Eric Weddle, Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith last offseason, but still managed to play at a high level after picking up Earl Thomas and trading for Marcus Peters midseason. Young players Matthew Judon and Marlon Humphrey have emerged as two of the best players along their defense and the league at their positions. This offseason the Ravens added more talent to their defense, especially up front. The Ravens traded for Calais Campbell and after contract negotiations broke down with Michael Brockers they signed Derek Wolfe. Also bringing back Jimmy Smith is great for the Ravens, because now they have four starting quality cornerbacks on their roster. The Ravens defense should be even more of a force to deal with this season.
2020 NFL Draft Picks
First Round (one pick): No. 28
Second Round (two picks): No. 55, 60
Third Round (two picks): No. 92, 106
Fourth Round (two picks): No. 129, 143
Fifth Round (one pick): No. 157
Sixth Round (zero pick):
Seventh Round (one picks): No. 225
Middle Linebacker- The Ravens have elite defenders at every position besides middle linebacker. The Ravens have bellow average players at the position. Whoever the Ravens bring in can easily start for them as soon as next season. Last season, the Ravens missed CJ Mosley’s production and ability to stop the run.
Edge Rusher- Matthew Judon is the only established pass rusher off the edge for the Ravens. Jaylon Ferguson has a lot of potential and Tyus Bowser has not lived up to his second-round draft pick status. The Ravens should draft another edge rusher to rotate with those two opposite Judon and compete for starting reps.
Interior Offensive Line- The interior of the Ravens offensive line needed help before Marshal Yanda retired. Now that he did the Ravens are in need of two starters at guard.
Running Back- Mark Ingram has finally hit the age of 30, which is the magic age that running backs start to decline. The Ravens already have Gus Edwards and Justice Hill on their roster, but could look for a future workhorse running back in this year’s class
Defensive Tackle- The Ravens may have upgraded their defensive line, but are now a lot older at the position. The Ravens should draft someone in the middle rounds to rotate into the lineup and eventually become a starter.
Pass Catcher- The Ravens have some talented young pass-catchers on their roster, but none eclipsed 1,000 yards last season. The Ravens should look to bring in another pass-catching tight end or slot receiver to go with their weapons.
2020 NFL Draft Targets
Pick No. 28: Cesar Ruiz, IOL, Michigan
The Ravens could try to grab a defensive player at 28, but there’s a chance that a majority of the first-round edge players and linebackers could be off the board. Ruiz could be their best value pick at 28 that fills a need. Ruiz is hands down the best interior offensive lineman in this year’s draft and though he was a center at Michigan he could easily transition to guard. Fortifying the interior of their offensive line could do wonders for the Ravens’ running game. Just ask the Vikings and Packers who both selected interior offensive lineman early in the draft last season and run the ball extremely well.
Pick No. 55: Jonathan Greenard, EDGE, Florida
Jonathan Greenard is one of the better early-round edge rushers in this year’s class. Greenard is fast off the edge which is an aspect the Ravens are lacking from their pass rushers. Greenard could rotate on the field in pass-rushing situations and compete for the job opposite Matthew Judon next season. There is also the possibility he might take over for Judon if he signs elsewhere next season.
Pick No. 60: Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech
Baltimore needs to address the linebacker position sometime in the early rounds. Brooks is one of the few linebackers in this year’s class who could start right away. CJ Mosley and Ray Lewis might have set the bar high for Ravens middle linebackers, but Brooks should be able to manage and could play a huge part in stopping the run.
Pick No. 92: Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri
Albert Okwuegbunam or Albert O. for short could be a nice add for the Ravens. Though they seem content at tight end, they don’t have a second capable pass catcher at the position now that they moved Hayden Hurst. Albert O. is extremely athletic and fast he has such a high ceiling for a tight end. He can also be extremely effective in the red zone. He could be a huge part of the offense early in his career since he is joining an offense who uses multiple tight ends.
Pick No. 106: Rashard Lawrence, DT, LSU
The Ravens seem to add a talented defensive lineman every year in the middle rounds who eventually develops into a starter. This year’s candidate is Rashard Lawrence. Lawerence is a player who can come in a rotate with Derek Wolfe for reps and can replace him next year if Wolfe signs elsewhere. He won’t wow people but could be a starting-caliber player over time.
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