Loading scores...
L.J. Collier
AP
Draft Decisions

NFL Draft Needs: Ravens

by Josh Norris

Evan Silva (@EvanSilva) is Rotoworld's Senior NFL Editor, and Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) is Rotoworld's lead Draft Analyst. Together, they're breaking down every team's biggest needs and offering potential solutions in April’s draft.

For a breakdown on every team, check out the team-by-team draft preview schedule.

Notable Pre-Draft Additions: FS Earl Thomas, RB Mark Ingram, CB Justin Bethel.

Starting Offense

QB: Lamar Jackson
RB: Mark Ingram
FB: Patrick Ricard
WR1: Chris Moore
WR2: Jordan Lasley
SLWR: Willie Snead
TE: Nick Boyle, Mark Andrews and Hayden Hurst
LT: Ronnie Stanley
LG: Alex Lewis
C: Matt Skura
RG: Marshal Yanda
RT: Orlando Brown

Starting Defense

RE: Brandon Williams
LE: Chris Wormley
NT: Michael Pierce
ILB: Patrick Onwuasor
ILB: Kenny Young
ROLB: Tyus Bowser
LOLB: Matthew Judon
LCB: Marlon Humphrey
RCB: Jimmy Smith
SCB: Tavon Young
FS: Earl Thomas
SS: Tony Jefferson

Team Needs

Silva's Analysis

Pass Rusher: Za’Darius Smith and Terrell Suggs accounted for 36% of Baltimore’s 43 sacks last season, and both left in free agency. 2018 breakout OLB Matt Judon is entering a contract year, while 2017 third-round pick Tim Williams has struggled to earn playing time. GM Eric DeCosta should seriously consider drafting two or even three pass rushers. The Ravens need help on the outside and interior.

Inside Linebacker: The Ravens lost field general C.J. Mosley when the Jets made him the highest-paid inside linebacker in league history. Onwuasor is entering his contract year. Promising 2018 fourth-round pick Kenny Young gives Baltimore an in-house fallback option but shouldn’t be shoehorned into the starting job.

Wide Receiver: There are strong cases to be made for offensive guard as a significant Ravens need; contract-year RG Marshal Yanda is going on age 35 and LG Alex Lewis is an injury-plagued liability. Still, Baltimore’s run-dominant offense can’t exist without at least some vertical-pass threat, and free agent departure John Brown devolved into a non-factor once Jackson replaced Joe Flacco. Michael Crabtree was released, and Willie Snead is strictly a possession-slot receiver.

 

Ravens 2019 Draft Picks

Norris' Options

1 (22). EDGE L.J. Collier, TCU - I know this seems early, but hear me out. I don’t see one of the big-name edge rushers remaining on the board here in the 20s (Bosa, Allen, Gary, Burns, Sweat, Ferrell). Maybe teams prefer Jaylon Ferguson, but his agility scores were historically awful. Those are important for a round one pass rusher. Jachai Polite’s draft projection might be Tim Williams, and the Ravens already have one of those. Enter Collier, who makes an impact with power from the outside.

3 (85). WR Emanuel Hall, Missouri - Vertical threat, you say? How about a player who averaged over 20 yards per catch in college? He was Drew Lock’s safety net, and can be Lamar Jackson’s as well. If a corner doesn't get his hands on Hall, he’s running away.

3 (102). ILB Blake Cashman, Minnesota - The off-ball linebacker position falls off a cliff after the top two Devins. Cashman posted one of the best athletic profiles at the position in the class and might be viewed as a 2020 starter. Double dipping on the edge with Alabama’s Christian Miller could be tempting as well.

4 (113). Acquired from Broncos for Joe Flacco - G Nate Herbig, Stanford - Stanford’s running game forces defensive backs to tackle and features plenty of power. The same can be said for the Ravens. Herbig has starting experience at multiple spots.

4 (123). EDGE Maxx Crosby, Eastern Michigan - A total projection, but those are often necessary in order to hit on edge rushers on day 3. Crosby posted an athletic profile in the 90th percentile and shows body control, fluidity and an understanding of how to shorten the target in order to win as a pass rusher.

5 (160). DL Daniel Wise, Kansas - One of my favorite day 3 prospects in this class. Wise has lined up all over for Kansas and wins with burst and a variety of pass rushing moves.

6 (191). Acquired from Titans for Kamalei Correa - WR Keelan Doss, UC Davis - Another intermediate and downfield option, this time from a smaller program. Doss held his own during Senior Bowl week. He sells the vertical route on his comebacks extremely well.

6 (193). S Zedrick Woods, Ole Miss - Athletic late round safety who can fill depth and maybe help on special teams.

Josh Norris
Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .