Ravens Mock Draft: Satisfaction Achieved

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With the 2020 NFL draft coming up soon, I explore a seven-round Ravens mock draft that will have nearly every Ravens fan feeling satisfied by year’s end. While this mock draft may not be packed full of sexy picks, this draft class would undoubtedly have a strong impact on the 2020 Ravens season. This mock draft was created with the help of The Draft Network and their player rankings big board. For this Ravens mock draft, no trades were entertained.

Biggest Team Needs

  • Edge Rusher
  • Interior Offensive Line, specifically right guard.
  • Wide Receiver
  • Inside Linebacker
  • Tight End

Ravens Mock Draft: The Picks

  • First round, pick 28
  • Second round, pick 55 (From Falcons, for Hayden Hurst)
  • Second round, pick 60
  • Third round, pick 92
  • Third round, pick 106 (Compensatory pick)
  • Fourth round, pick 129 (From Patriots, for Jermaine Eluemunor)
  • Fourth round, pick 134
  • Fifth round, pick 170 (From Vikings, for Kaare Vedvik)
  • Seventh round, pick 225 (From Jets, for Alex Lewis)

Round 1 | Pick 28

Ross Blacklock | Defensive Tackle | Texas Christian University | 6’3″, 290 pounds
Ross Blacklock's Relative Athletic Score with NFL Combine results
Ross Blacklock’s Relative Athletic Score

This would be an intriguing first-round selection for the Ravens. Ross Blacklock has the size, as well as the speed you would want from a pass-rushing defensive tackle. Blacklock would offer the Ravens with something they have been missing since the days of Haloti Ngata, consistent pocket push from the interior defensive line. His biggest strengths are his quick burst, lateral agility, and relentless motor. He will attack the pocket until the whistle is blown, which will sometimes leave him vulnerable to outside run plays. Blacklock will need some help polishing his pass-rushing techniques and improving his run defense in order to take his game to the next level. That being said, he has all of the tools to develop into a disruptive force along the defensive line of the Ravens for years to come.
Grade: B+

Round 2 | Pick 55

Terrell Lewis | EDGE | University of Alabama | 6’5″, 262 pounds
Terrell Lewis' Relative Athletic Score with NFL Combine results
Terrell Lewis’ Relative Athletic Score

Without a doubt, Terrell Lewis still being available at pick number 55 would be a dream scenario for the Ravens. In picking Lewis, the Ravens dip into the all-too-familiar University of Alabama well and come away with one of the top edge rushers in the draft. An absolute steal at pick 55, Lewis would team up with Calais Campbell, Matthew Judon, and Blacklock to provide the Ravens with a deadly and consistent pass rush. Lewis displays great first-step burst and flexibility, using his length to clog gaps and attack the ball. The biggest concern with Lewis will be his injury history. With teams not able to properly evaluate players, anyone with a history of injuries will likely be approached with caution. In the end, Ravens defensive coordinator Wink Martindale would be salivating at the thought of adding a piece like Lewis to his defense.
Grade: A+

Round 2 | Pick 60

Michael Pittman Jr. | Wide Receiver | University of Southern California | 6’4″, 223 pounds
Michael Pittman Jr's Relative Athletic Score with NFL Combine results
Michael Pittman Jr’s Relative Athletic Score

The Ravens gambled that Michael Pittman Jr. would still be there five picks later when they were back on the clock and their gamble paid off. Pittman has the prototypical size and hands for a number one receiver. His large catch radius and above-average blocking skills would make him the perfect fit for Baltimore’s system. In addition to that, he would give the Ravens a massive target for Lamar Jackson to find while scrambling. Pittman’s biggest deficit will be his acceleration. He won’t dazzle anyone with top-end speed but his ability to make contested catches will more than make up any lack in speed. Pittman would offer the perfect big-target complement to Hollywood Brown’s game-breaking speed.
Grade: A-

Round 3 | Pick 92

Jonah Jackson | Guard | Ohio State University | 6’3″, 306 pounds
Jonah Jackson's Relative Athletic Score with NFL Combine results
Jonah Jackson’s Relative Athletic Score – Transferred from Rutgers

With the Ravens future Hall of Fame guard Marshal Yanda, a former third-round pick himself, retiring the Ravens were in the market for a new right guard. Jonah Jackson projects to be an excellent replacement for the massive hole left behind by Yanda. An excellent pass blocker already, Jackson will mainly need to work on being an enforcer in the run game. If Jackson is able to take his run blocking to the next level, he will quickly develop into one of the top guards. Adding Jackson next to Orlando Brown Jr. would give the Ravens a very formidable duo on the right side of their line for many years. Jackson will likely need a year to develop, however, he could just as easily slide in as a day 1 starter if the Ravens are desperate.
Grade: B

Round 3 | Pick 106

Thaddeus Moss | Tight End | Louisiana State University | 6’2″, 250 pounds
Thaddeus Moss' Relative Athletic Score with NFL Combine results
Thaddeus Moss’ Relative Athletic Score

Another great addition to the Ravens offense, Thaddeus Moss already possesses many of the traits the Ravens look for in a tight end. Moss is already considered above-average at blocking in both aspects of the game, running and passing. He also made a name for himself catching balls from Heisman trophy winner Joe Burrow en route to a national championship. Moss offers a very intriguing upside in a tight end room where he can sit and develop behind Mark Andrews and Nick Boyle and perfect his craft. The Ravens get the added benefit of adding the son of Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss, who could certainly teach Ravens wide receivers a thing or two if he decided to hang around the facility to watch his son.
Grade: B-

Round 4 | Pick 129

A.J. Dillon | Running Back | Boston College | 6’0″, 247 pounds
A.J. Dillon's Relative Athletic Score with NFL Combine results
A.J. Dillon’s Relative Athletic Score

A very powerful running back, A.J. Dillon looks like he already belongs in the Ravens backfield. The Ravens have a long history of utilizing big-bodied backs. In their current system, Gus Edwards has been thriving as the Ravens big-bodied, short-yardage back. During the early 2000s, Jamal Lewis brutalized tacklers with his massive frame. In a run-heavy offense like the Ravens, Dillon has the opportunity to do the same. With Edwards and Mark Ingram both potentially being free agents after the 2021 season, Dillon could take the time to develop at his own pace and give the Ravens a solid option for the future. If the Ravens can get the most out of Dillon, he could develop into being the hammer in a very solid 1-2 punch with Justice Hill in the near future.
Grade: C

Round 4 | Pick 134

Jonathan Garvin | EDGE | University of Miami (FL) | 6’4″, 263 pounds
Jonathan Garvin's Relative Athletic Score with NFL Combine results
Jonathan Garvin’s Relative Athletic Score

The Ravens look to further bolster their pass-rushing unit with the addition of Jonathan Garvin. Considered a high-ceiling developmental project, Garvin would thrive under Wink Martindale’s leadership and coaching. Garvin possesses great length and a fantastic quick burst when rushing the passer. However, he is often seen taking plays off. This is something that will concern most coaches, but Garvin has also shown that he can flip a switch and take his game to another level at times. If Wink can tap into Garvin’s full potential, the returns on this investment will go sky-high.
Grade: C+

Round 5 | Pick 170

Javelin Guidry | Cornerback | University of Utah | 5’9″, 191 pounds
Javelin Guidry's Relative Athletic Score with NFL Combine results
Javelin Guidry’s Relative Athletic Score

The Ravens hope that Tavon Young will return healthy and ready to retake his spot as the team’s starting slot cornerback. If he is not, Javelin Guidry gives the Ravens a very fast, physical athlete that has all the tools to develop into a solid slot cornerback. With his elite speed and strength, Guidry has the potential carve out a role as a gunner on special teams early on in his career. In order to take the next step in the NFL, Guidry will need to work on his route anticipation and ball tracking, among other things. With the right coaching, Guidry could grow into a solid starting slot cornerback for the Ravens.
Grade: C-

Round 7 | Pick 225

Chris Orr | Linebacker | University of Wisconsin | 5’10”, 223 pounds

If Chris Orr is still available at pick 225 the Ravens will be submitting their pick in record time. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Ravens have to trade back into round six to make this pick happen. Orr is the brother of a Ravens coaching analyst, Zachary Orr, who is a former Ravens linebacker himself. Due to this familial connection, Chris Orr is a well-known name in the Ravens organization.

Considered undersized for a linebacker, Orr would be facing an uphill battle. However, the Ravens have never shied away from using linebackers that don’t have the traditional size you would expect. Arguably the best linebacker to ever play, Ray Lewis was also dinged for being undersized heading into the 1996 NFL draft. Now we can’t expect Orr to develop into a Ray Lewis, but Orr possesses all of the traits that can be developed into a solid starting linebacker for the Ravens.
Grade: A

Final Review

Overall grade: B
In this draft, the Ravens had nine picks, including five inside the first three rounds. Out of those nine picks, the Ravens have a real shot at five of these selections turning into solid contributors, with three standing a real chance at starting at some point in year one. With the addition of Blacklock and Lewis, the Ravens pass rush almost assuredly gets better. Michael Pittman Jr. has a real chance at being Lamar Jackson’s top target. Jonah Jackson has the tools to fill in the gap left behind by Yanda. Orr could surprise everyone and earn a starting role early in a weak linebacker group. Moss and Garvin are high-ceiling developmental projects. Dillon and Guidry have a chance to carve out niche roles within the team early on.

By the end of the season, each one of these picks could see playing time in some capacity, which is rare for a nine pick draft. None of these picks are flashy by any means. There are no instant stars. No bonified studs. On the surface, this draft would appear a little bland and lacking excitement. However, if at the end of the year the Ravens end up with five of these picks contributing in meaningful ways, it would be hard to argue against that being a satisfying draft class. With the potential for much more than satisfying, count me all in on this draft class!

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