Ravens Mock Draft: Satisfaction Achieved 1.0 | Ravens Mock Draft: Satisfaction Achieved 2.0
With the 2020 NFL draft coming up soon, we take a look at a seven-round Ravens mock draft that should have nearly every Ravens fans satisfied after the draft. This draft class will have an immediate impact on the 2020 Ravens season. The first version of this Ravens mock draft was created with the help of The Draft Network. However, due to their trade limitations, another site was used for this mock draft. For this version, we used Pro Football Network’s Mock Draft Simulator and executed three trades.
Entering this draft we had every intention of doing some sort of trade in the first round. We first attempted a few different trades up to 19, 20, and 21, as CeeDee Lamb fell to the low 20s but we were not able to make one happen. After that, we really wanted to trade back out of the first round to select an interior offensive lineman in the second. However, once the Ravens were actually on the clock, the board fell in such a way that left trading back at that moment feel like a mistake.
After our first-round selection, we attempted a trade into the top 10 of the second round. Once the Jaguars were on the clock, we offered to send one of our second-round picks (#55) and one of our third-round picks (#92) in exchange for their second-round pick (#42). This trade was accepted. Later in the draft, we attempted to trade back with the Redskins in the fourth round. We offered one of our fourth-round picks (#134) in exchange for one of their fourth-round picks (#142) and one of their seventh-round picks (#229). This trade was also accepted. In the fifth round, while the Buccaneers were on the clock, we offered our fifth-round pick (#170), the newly acquired seventh-round pick from the Redskins (#229), and a 2021 seventh-round pick, in exchange for their fifth-round pick (#161). This final trade was also accepted.
Biggest Team Needs
- Pass Rush
- Right Guard.
- Wide Receiver
- Inside Linebacker
- Offensive Line Depth
Ravens Mock Draft: The Picks
- First round, pick 28
- Second round, pick 42 (From Jaguars, for picks #55 and #92)
- Second round, pick 60
- Third round, pick 106 (Compensatory pick)
- Fourth round, pick 129 (From Patriots, for Jermaine Eluemunor)
- Fourth round, pick 142 (From Redskins, for #134 and #229)
- Fifth round, pick 161 (From Buccaneers, for #142, #229, 2021 seventh)
- Seventh round, pick 225 (From Jets, for Alex Lewis)
Round 1 | Pick 28
Justin Jefferson | Wide Receiver | Louisiana State University | 6’1″ | 202 pounds
Undoubtedly, Justin Jefferson would be a wonderful get for the Ravens. Possessing great speed, route running, and hands, Jefferson would fit in perfectly with the Ravens’ current offense. Jefferson has great vision and decision making that comes in handy with a quarterback that extends plays.
Projecting as a slot receiver that will make an immediate impact, Jefferson offers the Ravens with another explosive threat across the middle of the field. Already an excellent red-zone team, Jefferson makes the Ravens even more deadly inside their opponent’s 20-yard line. With his excellent catching abilities, Jefferson would quickly become one of Lamar Jackson’s favorite targets. Defensive coordinators will have their hands full in trying to gameplan for Hollywood Brown, Jefferson, Mark Andrews, Mark Ingram, AND Jackson every week.
Round 2 | Pick 42
Cesar Ruiz | Guard | University of Michigan | 6’2″ | 307 pounds
With Marshal Yanda retiring, the Ravens were left with a massive hole on the right side of their line. A potential first-round pick, the Ravens were surprised to see Cesar Ruiz start to fall in the second round. When he reached pick 42, the Ravens decided enough was enough and traded up to get their right guard of the future. Spending a majority of his Michigan playing time at center, Ruiz also has some guard experience.
With Jim Harbaugh, brother of Ravens’ head coach John Harbaugh, being the head coach of Michigan, the Ravens have access to the best source of inside information on Ruiz. Although he mostly played center, Ruiz is expected to play guard at the NFL level. Ruiz is a strong and mobile blocker that should fit perfectly with the Ravens’ offense. Ruiz will have some big shoes to fill, but he is a very capable blocker that should have an immediate impact on an already stout offensive line.
Round 2 | Pick 60
Julian Okwara | EDGE | University of Notre Dame | 6’4″ | 252 pounds
The Ravens have been looking at bolstering their pass-rushing unit all offseason. Julian Okwara offers enticing upside as a pass rusher from the edge. A great value at pick 60, Okwara would team up with Matt Judon to give the Ravens a terrific pass-rushing duo at outside linebacker.
Okwara possesses an extremely fast first step that he uses to overwhelm offensive lineman at the snap. With an extremely high motor, Okwara will give the Ravens a relentless pass-rusher that has the potential to develop into a premier edge rusher. Okwara will need to fill out his pass-rushing toolbox and improve his run defense, but if he can, he will quickly develop into the Ravens’ best edge defender.
Round 3 | Pick 106
Willie Gay Jr. | Linebacker | Mississippi State University | 6’1″ | 243 pounds
With linebacker being a big need for the Ravens, they take a chance on Willie Gay Jr. The biggest knock on Gay will be his multiple suspensions. One is for cheating on a test, the other is for a fight with a teammate. Either of these alone will take Gay off many team’s draft boards.
With that being said, Gay showcases a ton of potential at linebacker. Extremely athletic, Gay displays solid coverage skills and a lot of potential at rushing the passer. Gay is a very good tackler, using his elite speed to close distances effortlessly. The risk is there with this pick, but there is little doubt that Gay gives the Ravens an absolute thumper at linebacker.
Round 4 | Pick 129
Troy Dye | Linebacker | University of Oregon | 6’3″ | 231 pounds
The Ravens double-dip at linebacker in back to back rounds and select Troy Dye. With no true certified starter at inside linebacker, this is a position on the team that the Ravens were hoping to solidify with this draft. Pairing Dye with Gay once they are developed would give the Ravens two extremely fast and athletic inside linebackers.
Troy Dye offers a lot of potential as a coverage linebacker. His speed and athleticism allow him to stick with most tight ends and running backs in coverage. He will need to work on his vision and identifying plays better, but the upside in coverage is there. With his elite speed, Dye also displays a ton of potential at rushing the passer. Far from a polished product, if the Ravens tap into Dye’s full potential he will be a mainstay on their defense for years to come.
Round 4 | Pick 142
Antonio Gibson | Running Back/Wide Receiver | University of Memphis | 6’0″ | 228 pounds
The Ravens’ formula on offense calls for very fast athletes that can both run and catch the ball. Antonio Gibson has a ton of experience with both at Memphis. Gibson projects as a running back at the NFL level, but he has spent more of his playing time at wide receiver. In addition to being able to line up at running back and wide receiver, Gibson offers a lot of potential as a returner.
Gibson is very fast and agile. Boasting great speed and change of direction, Gibson would give the Ravens a homerun threat anytime he touches the ball. It is unclear how Gibson will hold up in pass protection, but he would be an excellent addition to an already very fast Ravens offense.
Round 5 | Pick 161
Robert Hunt | Tackle/Guard | University of Louisiana | 6’5″ | 323 pounds
With the departure of James Hurst, the Ravens were in the market for another multitool along the offensive line. Robert Hunt has experience lining up at left tackle, right tackle, and left guard for Louisiana. Possessing great size and versatility, Hunt is exactly the multiuse depth piece the Ravens are looking for.
Hunt is a very physical blocker that tries to dominate his man at every engagement. He plays with a mean streak and would fit in well with the Ravens current offensive line group. Hunt projects as a guard at the NFL level and has the length to develop into an absolute stud at the position.
Round 7 | Pick 225
Julian Blackmon | Safety | University of Utah | 5’11” | 187 pounds
A former cornerback, Julian Blackmon is a developmental project at safety. Blackmon is athletic enough to cover tight ends from the slot if needed. He possesses good ball skills and is a physical tackler. He will need to work on his football IQ and strength, but he holds many of the tools to succeed at safety with proper coaching.
Ravens Mock Draft: Final Review
Overall grade: A
This would be a phenomenal draft for the Ravens. In Jefferson, they are getting an elite slot receiver that should have an immediate impact on the offense. With Ruiz, the Ravens are getting a day one starter at right guard, addressing a major need. Okwara is a great value and offers a ton of potential as a premier pass rusher. Gay and Dye are very fast, athletic linebackers that can also rush the passer if needed. Pairing Gibson with Brown, Jefferson, and Miles Boykin gives Lamar Jackson and the Ravens offense the ability to score from anywhere on the field at any time. Hunt offers a ton of potential as a backup anywhere along the offensive line, with some serious potential starting at guard in the future. Blackmon has the potential to grow into a solid safety with proper coaching.
This draft would have received an A+ if not for the fifth round trade. Giving up a third-round pick to move up 13 picks in the second was not ideal. That being said, the Ravens were able to get a day one starter at a big position of need, so this move did not affect the grade too negatively. The Redskins trade should be viewed positively. The Ravens were able to gather an extra seventh-round pick and they were still able to select an impact player. The trade with the Buccaneers might not be received well by some. The Ravens letting go of two seventh-round picks to move up nine picks in the fifth round might be thought as too much. However, with the potential Hunt has for developing into a starter, this move doesn’t count against the Ravens’ grade too much.
Overall, this draft would solve almost all of the Ravens’ offseason needs. Addressing wide receiver, guard, and edge rusher with day one starters, without having to give up too much capital, is huge. Being able to get two potential starters at linebacker would be a huge relief for Ravens fans. Adding another explosive weapon on offense would take this offense to another level. If the board falls this way on draft day, it is safe to say there will be many happy Ravens fans. For many Ravens fans this would be a near-perfect draft. With only tight end being left as a real need heading into training camps, the Ravens are in great shape heading into the 2020 season.
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