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Baltimore Ravens 2021 Draft Preview

First Round Pick: #27

Top Positional Needs: DL, WR, OL

It seems like we say this every year, but the Ravens desperately need wide receiver talent to help Lamar Jackson and a stagnant passing game, even after signing Sammy Watkins in free agency. What we don’t say every year is that the Ravens also need help rushing the passer. After Yannick Ngakoue and Matt Judon’s departures in free agency, Baltimore is extremely thin at the critical position group and will hope that talent falls to them late in the first round.

 

Who Could Be Available:

 Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

 While he stands just 5’9 and weighs in at 180 pounds, he’s the quickest player in the draft. After winning first-team All American and the Paul Hornung award in 2018 (given to the most versatile player) he battled injuries in 2019 and 2020. If he can stay on the field, he’s the kind of explosive playmaker in the mold of Tyreke Hill or Golden Tate that can be tantalizing complement to Adams on the inside.

 

 

Gregory Rousseau, Edge, Miami

 A raw prospect with elite length, power and versatility. Rousseau is a former high school receiver who transitioned to the edge his senior year and showed flashes of dominance at Miami, earning second team All-American honors in 2019 after recording 15.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss. While he lacks experience and refinement, it’s impossible to ignore his athleticism and build.

 

Jayson Oweh, Edge, Penn State

 While he can’t contribute right away, he’s a good project that will be given the space to develop in a strong organization. He clocked in at an insane 4.36 second 40 yard dash and at 6’5 257 pounds, has the length and athleticism to dominate on the edge. He hasn’t been as productive as scouts would like in college (just 7 total sacks in his career and 0 in 2020) but he can fit in nicely as situational pass rusher and develop throughout his career.

 

 

Sleeper Draft Pick:

 Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky

 It’s not a positional need for the Ravens, but Davis is one of my favorite guys in this draft who has been flying up draft boards. Davis wowed scouts at his pro day, after running a ridiculous 4.37 40 and added an absurd 42 inch vertical. That’s pretty damn impressive for a 6/4 230+ pound linebacker. Davis could fall come draft day, as he has just 11 career starts and can be over-aggressive and lack discipline at times, but if he plummets this late, expect the Ravens to snatch him up.

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