Though there have been some relatively disappointing rookie lessons in Baltimore above the a long time, the Ravens have designed a status for locating precious contributors in the draft throughout the Ozzie Newsome period.
Now, with Eric DeCosta having above as GM and Lamar Jackson getting the commencing quarterback, this impending draft is probably more important than any in new memory.
Irrespective of winning the division very last calendar year, the Ravens have many parts of want on their roster. The good thing is, this draft class is rather deep at many positions, and Baltimore has a great probability to make the most of their 7 picks.
With this in brain, let’s examine the most pressing needs and some probable potential customers the Ravens could goal to tackle them.
1) Offensive line
In get to develop a dominant running match and continue to keep Lamar Jackson protected, bolstering the offensive line is a requirement this offseason. To be more unique, the Ravens could stand to up grade at the middle and suitable guard positions, in which the performances of Matt Skura, Alex Lewis and James Hurst have left much to be desired.
Ronnie Stanley and Orlando Brown Jr. look to be a extensive-time period tandem at left and suitable tackle, respectively, and Marshal Yanda most likely has at the very least yet another calendar year or two left of high-excellent participate in in advance of he heads for retirement. Though 3/5 of the offensive line is powerful, the remaining inside spots are due for an up grade. There are a good deal of excellent lineman in this draft class and focusing on 1 with the 22nd decide in the to start with round would seem like an efficient proposition.
Probable Prospective clients: Cody Ford (Oklahoma), Garrett Bradbury (NC Point out), Chris Lindstrom (Boston University), Elgton Jenkins (Mississippi Point out)
2) Wide receiver
It would not be a Ravens offseason if we weren’t speaking about the vast receiver position as an place of weak point on the roster. With Michael Crabtree out of the photograph and John Brown most likely to head elsewhere in cost-free company, the receiver depth chart is currently projected to element Willie Snead IV, Chris Moore, Jordan Lasley and Jaleel Scott, which, to be kind, doesn’t just strike panic in opposing defenses.
Though budding tight ends Mark Andrews and Hayden Hurst will be intensely featured in the passing match, the Ravens desperately want to surround Jackson with capable playmakers on the outside. Eric DeCosta has pressured the value of bringing in younger receivers to develop alongside Jackson, and executing so in this years’ draft would be a excellent location to start off.
Probable Prospective clients: D.K. Metcalf (Ole Skip), N’Keal Harry (Arizona Point out), Marquise Brown (Oklahoma), Kelvin Harmon (NC Point out)
3) Pass rusher/EDGE
Even though Terrell Suggs will most likely be back in Baltimore subsequent time, it could potentially be his very last time. Still, he’s no for a longer period the dominant power he employed to be and is more of a rotational piece at this phase in his profession. Taking into consideration this and Za’Darius Smith’s pending cost-free company, adding some added go rushers this offseason is shaping up to be a precedence.
Tim Williams and/or Tyus Bowser could potentially take a leap forward subsequent time, but banking on them quickly getting reliable effects players would seem like a risky proposition. You can under no circumstances have too numerous capable go rushers on a roster and the Ravens are in a great spot to incorporate some expertise on the edge in the draft. There’s a decent probability that most, if not all, of the names listed underneath will be off the board in advance of the Ravens decide at 22, but if any of them managed to drop, then Baltimore would be clever to take into consideration heading go rusher in the to start with round.
Probable Prospective clients: Brian Burns (Florida Point out), Jachai Well mannered (Florida), Clelin Ferrell (Clemson), Montez Sweat (Mississippi Point out)
Though the position doesn’t acquire as much notice as some other on the roster, safety is quietly an offseason want that DeCosta should really tackle. There’s a great probability that Eric Weddle isn’t on the roster subsequent time, meaning the Ravens will want to come across a new commencing safety for the to start with time in a few seasons. Even if Weddle is introduced back for yet another calendar year, he’s been on record declaring it’d be his very last time in advance of retirement.
Weddle’s leadership and IQ are a must have characteristics, but in conditions of on-industry capacity, his declining athleticism has compromised the Ravens protection in selected situations above the past two seasons. Tony Jefferson is a excellent run-stopper and performs nicely in the box, but his protection skills go away much to be desired. Whether or not DeShon Elliot or Chuck Clark will show to be feasible in-residence solutions to substitute Weddle stays to be observed, but deciding on a safety at some place in this years’ draft would be a good transfer. This class seems to be a bit leading-weighty at the position, but there are some talented players nonetheless.
Probable Prospective clients: Nassir Adderley (Delaware), Jonathan Abram (Mississippi Point out), Deionte Thompson (Alabama), Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (Florida)
Retaining C.J. Mosley seems to be the Ravens leading precedence in cost-free company, but there’s a decent probability his price tag tag will be too high for Baltimore to bring him back. If Mosley leaves, changing him at center linebacker promptly turns into a leading precedence, specifically if the Ravens also drop the participate in-contacting and recognition abilities that Eric Weddle delivers to the table.
Patrick Onwuasor arrived on powerful above the next half of very last time, and Kenny Young flashed high upside throughout his rookie campaign, but could either of them stage up to fill the void that Mosley’s departure would go away? Maybe…on the other hand, the Ravens would pretty much surely search to incorporate yet another linebacker in the draft. This isn’t a significantly talented class at the position outside of Devin White, but there are a pair of other projected to start with-rounders that could be a great in good shape.
Probable Prospective clients: Devin Bush (Michigan), Mack Wilson (Alabama)