The NFL Draft is now in the rear-view mirror, and so the quiet period resumes. With training camps months away, fans and teams can only look ahead. Fans love to use this time to evaluate their newest players, and who will have the biggest rookie season?
The Ravens selected ten players in the draft, with the draft class receiving a lot of love from experts. Some draft experts have gushed over Baltimore’s selections, calling theirs the best draft class in the NFL. The team was able to fill a lot of needs in the draft, as well as adding quality depth for their roster. Who will have the most significant rookie impact for the Baltimore Ravens?
Patrick Queen – Filled Ravens Biggest Positional Need
It seems obvious to say the team’s first-round draft pick will have the most significant impact as a rookie, but Queen makes a lot of sense. Queen is the linebacker the Ravens have been missing since losing C.J Mosley last year.
Queen is more of a project being a one-year starter at LSU, but his improvement as the season went on was dramatic. His athletic traits are off the charts, and with some refinement in his technique can become a special sideline-to-sideline presence in this Ravens defense. He’s almost sure to earn a starting inside linebacker role this season and can wreak havoc behind this defensive line.
J.K Dobbins – The Ravens Biggest Hope For The Future?
Selecting J.K Dobbins late in the second round was one of the steals of the NFL Draft. Baltimore secured their future at running back, a vital cog in their offense. Starter Mark Ingram was a 1,000-yard rusher in Baltimore last year, but turns 31 in December and could be cut to save salary cap space next year.
Dobbins joins a crowded backfield in Baltimore, but with a good training camp could become the number two back. With the Ravens run-heavy offense, Dobbins can carve out a significant role this season. Lamar Jackson’s speed scares the life out of NFL defenses, which will open holes for Dobbins as a rookie.
Devin Duvernay – Wide Receiver
Devin Duvernay was third in college football last season for receptions and never dropped a pass in four years at Texas. Duvernay will be a mismatch nightmare in the NFL because of his versatility. He has sure-hands to excel in a slot receiver role over the middle of the field. He can also burn by defensive backs as an outside receiver with his 4.39 speed.
Duvernay is a Swiss army knife in this Ravens offense and can be a big producer as a rookie. This offense is predicated on speed. Something opposing defenses will struggle to contain. This can allow Duvernay to produce at a high level as defenses focus on other players, Duvernay can thrive. The number two receiver spot is open in Baltimore for Duvernay.
Ben Bredeson – Guard
Bredeson was an easy pick for Baltimore in the fourth round. Head coach John Harbaugh could trust his brother Jim’s head coach at Michigan, advice, and he helps fill a need on the offensive line. Hall-of fame guard Marshal Yanda retired in the off-season, with a massive hole to fill at right guard.
Bredeson was a polished prospect as a three-year starter at Michigan with a high floor. His ceiling may not be as good as others, but he is more pro-ready then other Ravens draft pick Tyre Phillips. Bredeson will be fighting the likes of 2019 fourth-round pick Ben Powers and recently signed D.J Fluker for the right guard spot. Patrick Mekari could also go back to guard after filling in at center last year.
That wraps up this quick article previewing some potential impact draft picks for the Ravens this season.
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