Welcome to the second Baltimore Ravens mock draft. Free agency is underway, and that will likely influence some of the selections in the future. This mock includes compensatory picks.
Here is the first Baltimore Ravens mock draft:
This mock assumes that the Ravens trade Matthew Judon. For simplicity’s sake, no 2020 draft picks are adjusted.
Round 1, Pick 28: Zack Baun, EDGE, Wisconsin
Baun screams versatility. While Baltimore would likely prioritize his pass-rushing presence, Baun is effective against the run and in coverage. He is not a Day 1 starter, but he should make an impact by the end of the 2020 season. He may not be a 15-sack guy, but he possesses three-down versatility and an electric motor. Despite lacking high-end athleticism, Baun has a variety of moves to get to the quarterback, and he has short-range agility. If he is stopped on his first rush, he will work tirelessly to get home on the second or third rush. On a team that has faded late in seasons, Baun would bring a second wind.
Round 2, Pick 55: Michael Pittman Jr., wide receiver, USC
A red zone monster, Pittman has a massive catch radius. While he will likely never get elite separation, Pittman has good hands and can work through contact. As a blocker, he should step right in and be productive. Pittman can win any ball in the air, and his hands can rip the ball away from defenders. He lacks the route-running savvy of Marquise Brown and Willie Snead, but he has a knack of using his size to force himself open. Pittman would likely operate as the prototypical “X” receiver, letting Brown work defenses deep.
Round 2, Pick 60: Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame
Athleticism is the name of the game with Okwara. Okwara is great from the first step, and he has a good motor. He can move laterally as well as just about anyone in the class. A broken leg sacrificed his 2019 season, but Okwara should have enough athletic talent to make an impact while his technique and coverage skills come up to NFL caliber. Similar to Baun, he could be a three-down player with some polish.
Round 3, Pick 92: Troy Dye, linebacker, Oregon
The Ravens would likely target a linebacker before the third round, but with Patrick Queen and Kenneth Murray off the board, this mock has the Ravens addressing the pass rush early. Dye is a questionable fit in the Baltimore defense, but he is effective in coverage, and he could find a home in the middle of Baltimore’s defense. Dye is a jack of all trades as his pass-rushing, coverage, and communication skills are up to par, but nothing jumps off the page. He can be inconsistent against the run, but his pursuit is electric. Dye is an energetic player and should make his fair share of plays (and lapses) as a rookie.
Round 3, Pick 106: Damien Lewis, interior offensive line, LSU
A mammoth of a man, Lewis would be a powerful blocker in the Ravens run-heavy schemes. With Marshal Yanda retiring, there is a glaring hole at right guard, and Lewis would likely contend with Ben Powers to be the starter if drafted. Lewis has a sturdy base, and he will plaster defensive linemen. As a pass protector, Lewis leaves a lot to be desired. Lewis is immobile at times, and his lack of foot speed diminishes his versatility. Outside of a battle with Derrick Brown, Lewis dominated SEC competition weekly.
Round 4, Pick 129: Albert Okwuegbunam, tight end, Missouri
With the tight end room losing a member in Hayden Hurst, the Ravens might go after another high-upside option in Okwuegbunam. Okwuegbunam has great ball skills for a tight end, and he has versatility in the slot or out wide. As a blocker, Okwuegbunam does not fit what the Ravens do, but he improved all three years at Missouri, so there is potential. Not as athletic as Hurst, Okwuegbunam works with his immense strength. Okwuegbunam would be a dynamic weapon in the red zone, but he needs some more polish before he could supplant Mark Andrews or Nick Boyle.
Round 4, Pick 134: Joe Bachie Jr., linebacker, Michigan State
A very smart player in the center of the Spartan defense, Bachie regularly overcomes his average athleticism. Bachie rarely misses tackles, and he is supremely aggressive at the point of attack. He is not scheme-proof, but he is a hard worker. He is a top-level communicator and plays hard for 60 minutes. In coverage, he has his struggles, but his situational awareness can mask his deficiencies. Bachie will likely not be a stud, but he should be a productive player on a good team.
Round 5, Pick 157: Julian Blackmon, safety, Utah
Blackmon is an effective tackler in space. A long-time corner, Blackmon should be a versatile nickel package player, but his days as a boundary corner or in off-coverage are behind him. With his recent transition to safety, Blackmon is practically a blob of clay that the Ravens could mold into the next great Ravens safety when Earl Thomas departs. He does not pop off the page, but he is always there to make key tackles or close down the slot receiver. Blackmon has a high ceiling moving forward.
Round 7, Pick 225: A.J. Green, cornerback, Oklahoma State
Green’s stock has slipped since the first mock draft, but the Ravens should target a corner in the later rounds. Green is a great athlete with solid ball skills, but his frame can be outmuscled. He can work in any coverage, but he can have issues in press coverage. His lack of strength is a concern against the run, but his upside as an extra corner outweighs the negatives. He has plus-level length, and he can keep pace with most receivers. He would likely make an impact on special teams before transitioning into a larger part of the defense.
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