Ravens Picks: Day Two Grade

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The second day in the 2020 NFL draft featured five Baltimore Ravens picks. Ravens’ General Manager Eric DeCosta was extraordinarily patient and smart during this portion of the draft. He made a brilliant trade with the New England Patriots and targeted players that filled positions of need with game-changers.

Baltimore Ravens Picks

Round 2 | Pick 55

J.K. Dobbins | Running Back | Ohio State University

5-10 | 217 pounds

The Ravens address the running back position with the electric J.K. Dobbins. This is a fantastic pick for the Ravens at 55. Arguably the top running back in the draft, Dobbins joins an already loaded Ravens backfield. The Ravens’ historic run game just got even scarier. Dobbins is an excellent value at pick 55.

Dobbins was phenomenal for Ohio State. He has outstanding vision and agility. Dobbins will hit a hole hard and fast. He has the speed to take the ball to the house on any touch. His explosiveness adds another dimension to the Ravens’ run game. Even in a very loaded backfield, it will be hard to keep a weapon like Dobbins off of the field.

Dobbins will need to work on his pass game to become a three-down running back in the NFL. He sometimes struggles in pass protection. Dobbins has the size and strength to succeed in this area. He will just need some coaching. Dobbins will also need to work on his route running. He is effective, but expanding his route tree could turn him into an elite running back.

Pick Grade: A

Round 3 | Pick 71

Justin Madubuike | Defensive Tackle | Texas A &M University

6-3 | 304 pounds

The Ravens elected to trade the 60th, and 129th picks to the New England Patriots in exchange for the 71st and 98th picks. With the first of the Ravens’ picks in the third round, they take Justin Madubuike. The Ravens’ most significant need on the defensive line was an interior pass rusher. With Madubuike, the Ravens now have a potential solution for that need.

Justin Madubuike is very strong and surprisingly fast for his size. He offers great potential as a pass rusher from the interior of the Ravens’ defensive line. With no competition for the role currently on the roster, Madubuike may see a lot of playing time early and often in a pass-happy league. Bringing Madubuike in on passing downs should offer a significant upgrade in terms of pass-rushing from the defensive tackle position.

Madubuike will need to polish his pass-rushing skill set to take his game to the next level. However, he displays all of the tools to become a starter in the NFL. With the proper coaching, Madubuike could develop into a player that gives the Ravens a consistent pocket push from the interior defensive line.

Pick Grade: B

Round 3 | Pick 92

Devin Duvernay | Wide Receiver | University of Texas

5-11 | 202 pounds

With the second Ravens’ pick in the third round, they select Devin Duvernay. This is a good pick by the Ravens in terms of value and team fit. Pairing Duvernay with Hollywood Brown and Miles Boykin gives the Ravens three young, speedy wideouts to develop. With slot receiver being one of the Ravens’ needs heading into the draft, this pick makes sense.

Devin Duvernay is an extremely fast wide receiver with great hands. Duvernay is a very physical receiver that often plays bigger than his frame. With his elite speed and smooth route running, Duvernay projects to be a problem in the slot for opposing defenses to cover. With his elite speed and ability to make moves in space, Duvernay could also make a significant impact in the return game on special teams.

Duvernay is not a finished product by any means, but he possesses many of the tools you see from an elite slot receiver in the NFL. However, he will need to polish his route tree and work on gaining better separation to have success at the next level. Duvernay will also need to improve his blocking skills to excel in this Ravens’ system.

Pick Grade: B+

Round 3 | Pick 98

Malik Harrison | Inside Linebacker | Ohio State University

6-3 | 246 pounds

With the third Ravens’ pick in the third round, they select Malik Harrison. After selecting Patrick Queen in the first round, the Ravens double-dip at inside linebacker to hopefully solidify the position for the next five years. Harrison is an excellent team fit and an outstanding value at pick #98.

Malik Harrison is the perfect compliment to Queen. Where Queen is a speed demon, Harrison is a thumper that will deliver punishing hits. Harrison is an excellent run defender and a dynamic blitzer that will find his way in the opponents’ backfield often. He has great vision and has the speed to do well when dropping back in zone coverage.

Harrison is not without his flaws. He has the speed to hang with tight ends in man coverage. However, there are questions as to whether Harrison can hang with running backs that have elite speed. He will also need to work on the angles he takes in pursuit of becoming an elite tackler at the NFL level. Nevertheless, Harrison projects as an excellent starter in a system like the Ravens.

Pick Grade: A

Round 3 | Pick 106

Tyre Phillips | Guard | Mississippi State University

6-5 | 342 pounds

With the final Ravens’ pick in the third round, they select Tyre Phillips. Playing tackle in college, Phillips was selected as a potential guard. With Marshal Yanda leaving a big hole at right guard, the Ravens are hoping the massive Phillips can fill it. He is a great team fit that should help the Ravens’ run game if he can earn the starting role in 2020.

Tyre Phillips is a mammoth of a man that is an absolute mauler in the run game. Phillips is a very physical blocker that will dominate his opponent with his length and size. He has the physicality to keep many of the top interior pass rushers at bay. Phillips also possesses the size to nullify bigger defensive linemen in the run game without the need for a double team. This ability will lead to many wide-open holes for the Ravens’ running backs to exploit.

Tyre Phillips lacks great speed and agility, which is why he projects best as a guard and not a tackle. Phillips will need to work on his footwork and drop some excess weight, but he has a ton of potential. With the right coaching, Phillips has all of the tools to develop into a day one starter at right guard for the Ravens.

Pick Grade: B-

Overall Thoughts on Ravens Picks

Photo of Eric DeCosta with "In EDC We Trust" in text

This was an outstanding second day for the Ravens and Eric DeCosta. DeCosta shook things up by taking Dobbins even though the Ravens already possess a great running back group. Many Ravens fans wanted the front office to trade up for some of the bigger named targets, but opting to trade down was the correct move. The board fell perfectly for the Ravens.

Dobbins is a perfect fit for the Ravens’ offense and gives them more flexibility with their other running backs in the future. Madubuike offers great potential as a pass rusher from the interior. Duvernay should develop into an excellent slot receiver. Harrison will give the Ravens two excellent starters at inside linebacker for the foreseeable future. Phillips is a massive man that should turn into an excellent guard.

Overall, Ravens fans should be delighted with the Ravens’ draft haul so far. They have addressed the team’s most significant needs while still being able to add homerun threats and playmakers. This draft class already offers a ton of potential as immediate contributors in 2020. The Ravens roster is getting younger and faster every year. This team is in store for another dominating season.

Ravens Picks Day Two Grade: A

The Ravens filled two positions of need with potential day one starters. Harrison could end up starting opposite of Queen by the end of the preseason. Phillips has a good chance of becoming the Ravens’ next starter at right guard. In addition to that, the Ravens selected three players that figure to be strong contributors right away in Dobbins, Madubuike, and Duvernay. With the trade back in the second, the Ravens were able to add an extra day two pick, further adding to the value of this draft.


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