With a 2019 AFC North title, the Baltimore Ravens will look to get back to their winning ways in 2020. Despite Lamar Jackson being the key for success, the team still has positions that need improvement through the upcoming NFL Draft. Here’s a look into a few positions and players the Ravens should draft.
Since Seth Roberts is now heading to Carolina, the Ravens are in need of a solid wide receiver to take his place. Like last year, Willie Snead is a good number three option for Jackson, and Marquise Brown shows number one potential with 46 receptions for 584 yards and 7 touchdowns with great speed and hands, but is young and developing.
Miles Boykin and Chris Moore came up with the occasional catch, but were not big producers while Pro Bowl tight end Mark Andrews picked up most of the receiving slack last year with 64 receptions for 852 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Even without a set-in-stone number two wide receiver, the Ravens currently have offensive weapons, but may want to look at adding more options later in the draft. Consideration should be given to drafting Texas wide receiver Collin Johnson in the 3rd or 4th round. Even though he had an injury for most of 2019, 6’6’’ Johnson racked up serious yardage in his sophomore and junior years with 122 receptions for 1,750 yards combined, which should interest the Ravens if they want to move the ball down field through the air.
With former Ravens ILB Patrick Onwuasor now on the Jets, and the franchise tag placed on Pro Bowl edge rusher Matthew Judon, the Ravens need a solid ILB and possibly a new OLB. There is some depth at OLB with Tyus Bowser, but Bowser cannot replace Judon’s 54 tackles and 9.5 sacks with his 24 tackles and 5 sacks.
If an agreement with Judon falls through, the Ravens should give a nod to OLB Khaleke Hudson from Michigan in the 3rd or 4th round. Hudson’s 45 tackles and 1.5 sacks in his senior year would definitely give Bowser some competition at the starting role.
Otaro Alaka, the current ILB on the team before the draft, has little experience as a starter which means the Ravens need a solid pick. With 69 tackles in his junior season, Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray is a great option for the Ravens in the first round to fill Onwuasor’s spot.
Interior Offensive Line
Perhaps one of the Raven’s biggest needs this offseason is to fill the hole that irreplaceable eight-time Pro Bowl right guard Marshal Yanda left vacant after retirement. Yanda was considered to be one of the best offensive lineman in the entire NFL through last year, which leaves big shoes to fill. Ben Powers, the immediate next-man-up, will certainly be competing for Yanda’s spot.
The Ravens could go after Michigan O-Lineman Cesar Ruiz if they can get him in the 2nd round, or OG Netane Muti out of Fresno State in the 4th round. Both players have shown enough talent in college to go up against Powers.
Despite his greatness, Lamar Jackson will need support from the rest of his team. Hopefully the Ravens will draft well this offseason so they can make a deep playoff run.