The Baltimore Ravens seemed to be on their way to the Super Bowl after achieving the best record in the National Football League (NFL) last season. However, whatever happened in the regular season does not always transfer over into the postseason because the Tennessee Titans absolutely demolished the Ravens in Baltimore. All of the weaknesses that the Ravens had as a team last season showed up in that loss to the Titans. Let’s see if the Ravens brass paid attention to that game and check out who they drafted.
Round 1, Pick 28: Patrick Queen – OLB – LSU (6’0″, 229 lbs). Queen is a sideline-to-sideline linebacker that makes tackles all over the field. He also has the capability to drop back into coverage or blitz the passer. He more than likely will start immediately.
Round 2, Pick 23: J.K. Dobbins – RB – Ohio State (5’9″, 209 lbs). One main reason as to why the Ravens lost in the playoff game was due to starting RB Mark Ingram playing injured. Now, they have a capable backup in Dobbins, who rushed for 2,000 yards last season at Ohio State.
Round 3, Pick 7: Justin Madubuike – DT – Texas A&M (6’3″, 293 lbs). Madubuike adds depth to the interior of the defensive line so that they will be able to contain the run better this upcoming season.
Round 3, Pick 28: Devin Duvernay – WR – Texas (5’10”, 200 lbs). The Ravens definitely needed another wide receiver. Duvernay caught 106 passes last season. He should see some time at the slot, which will give him the opportunity to make plays and to open things up for other receivers.
Round 3, Pick 34: Malik Harrison – ILB – Ohio State (6’3″, 247 lbs). Harrison led Ohio State in tackles last season. He will help on the inside by tackling opposing rushers up the middle.
Round 3, Pick 42: Tyre Phillips – G – Mississippi State (6’5″, 331 lbs). Adding interior offensive line help is always necessary for a team that rushes the ball so much.
Round 4, Pick 37: Ben Bredesen – G – Michigan (6’5″, 315 lbs). The Ravens doubled down on interior offensive line depth by also picking up Bredesen.
Round 5, Pick 25: Broderick Thompson – DT – Texas Tech (6’2″, 305 lbs). The Ravens also doubled down on the interior of their defensive line so that they will be able to contain the run.
Round 6, Pick 22: James Proche – WR – Southern Methodist (5’11”, 205 lbs). The Ravens also doubled down at wide receiver with Proche, who tied for the lead in the NCAA last season in receptions with 111. He makes plays. He also adds depth to the return team as well.
Round 7, Pick 5: Geno Stone – S – Iowa (5’10”, 207 lbs). Hindsight is always 20/20, especially in 2020. Grabbing a safety looks like the right choice because of what happened earlier this week. Click on this sentence to find out why.
Grade: A. The Ravens addressed each and every weakness they had last season.
Did the Ravens have a good draft?