Baltimore Ravens Nine-Selection Mock Draft

The first round of the NFL draft from Cleveland, Ohio begins this Thursday night. With rounds two and three taking place on Friday, concluding on Saturday with rounds four through seven. The Jacksonville Jaguars who hold the number one selection and are expected to take Clemson Quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

The Baltimore Ravens, who currently hold the 27th overall selection in addition to the Kansas City Chiefs 31st selection acquired after last Fridays blockbuster trade that sent tackle Orlando Brown Jr. to the Kansas City Chiefs. Baltimore was able to gain two more picks via the Orlando Brown trade, a third round selection (No. 94) and fourth round pick (No.136). The Ravens will begin Thursday night’s draft with a total of nine selections though six rounds. The Ravens also hold two compensatory picks coming from the Houston Texans hiring of David Culley, pick (No. 104). As well as from the Minnesota Vikings signing of Michael Pierce prior to the 2020 season, pick (No. 184).

Team Needs: Wide Receiver, Edge, Tackle, Free-Safety, Tight End, Center, Defensive Line

Round 1

Pick 27: Terrace Marshal Jr., LSU, Wide Receiver, 6’3″, 200 lbs Draft Grade: 6.34

Pro Football Focus Draft Rank: 28

Pro Day: 40-yard: 4.38, Vertical: 39″

2020 Stats: PFF Grade: 78.9, Started in 7 games (opted-out remainder of season), 48 Rec, 731 Yards, 10 Touchdowns

The Ravens finally grab the outside playmaking receiver they have long been looking for.

Strengths: Makes contested 50/50 catches, large catch radius, long strider, looks to gain extra yards after catch, can out muscle smaller corners both in the run and pass game

Weaknesses: Struggles at times against press corners, had a few concentration drops in 2020, needs to expand release moves

Pick 31 (Via Kansas City): Azeez Ojulari, Georgia, Edge, 6’2″, 249 lbs Draft Grade: 6.39

Pro Football Focus Draft Rank: 30

Pro Day: 40-yard: 4.62, Vertical: 30″, Bench: 26 reps

2020 Stats: PFF Grade: 90.0, 10 games played, 31 total tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 2 passes deflected

Ravens add an explosive edge rusher that is great at setting the edge versus the run.

Strengths: Very athletic, great leverage and balance, ability to cover running backs and tight ends, has an array of pass rush moves

Weaknesses: Needs to improve get off speed, slightly undersized effected by larger tackles, needs to improve counter moves when tackles get inside on him

Round 3

Pick 94 (Via Kansas City): Deonte Brown, Alabama, Guard, 6’4″, 344 lbs Draft Grade: 6.25

Pro Football Focus Draft Rank: 125

Pro Day: 40-yard: 5.57, Vertical: 27″

2020 Stats: PFF Grade: 64.9, played in 13 games, blocked for the number one scoring offense in the country (48.5 PPG), allowed only a half sack on 459 pass attempts

Ravens add a strong guard out of the SEC who works best in run-heavy offenses, can come in and compete right away.

Strengths: Drives defenders off the ball, big frame, good in pass sets, keeps base low

Weaknesses: At times lunges at defenders, not very fast when asked to pull, short arms

Pick 104 (Comp Pick): Milton Williams, Louisiana Tech, Defensive Line, 6’3″, 284 lbs Draft Grade: 6.25

Pro Football Focus Draft Rank: 73

Pro Day: 40-yard: 4.67, Vertical: 38.5″, Bench: 34 reps

2020 Stats: PFF Grade: 90.8, played in 10 games, 44 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery

Ravens add a strong bodied interior defensive lineman that uses his strength and hands to fills gaps and create a rush up the middle.

Strengths: Quick and powerful off the ball, powers through double teams, good secondary moves, good feet and hips

Weaknesses: length and size could be a concern, needs to obtain a go-to move, at times gets too wide leaving his gap

Round 4

Pick 131: Stone Forsythe, Florida, Tackle, 6’8″, 307 lbs Draft Grade: 6.27

Pro Football Focus Draft Rank: 82

Pro Day: 40-yard: 5.13, Vertical: 27.5″, Bench: 25 reps

2020 Stats: PFF Grade: 71.2, played in 12 games, helped the Gators lead the nation in passing yards per game (378.6)

Ravens select a big framed, above average tackle that is a wall for edge defenders.

Strengths: Big frame, uses length well, good hips through blocks, uses hands with a quick first punch

Weaknesses: Struggles to get low due to tall stature, needs to improve in pass protection, at times chases defenders

Pick 136 (Via Kansas City): Damar Hamlin, Pittsburgh, Safety, 6’1″, 200 lbs Draft Grade: 5.80

Pro Football Focus Draft Rank: 127

Pro Day: 40-yard: 4.59, Vertical: 35″, Bench: 18 reps 

2020 Stats: PFF Grade: 63.4, played in 10 games, 67 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, 9 passes deflected

Ravens add a versatile safety with good ball skills, something the ravens have lacked in the back end of their secondary.

Strengths: Great play recognition, plays through the ball, good size allows him to play near the line when needed

Weaknesses: Needs to improve open field tackling, struggles to turn hips on vertical routes, missed time due to injuries in 2016, 2017, and 2019

Round 5

Pick 171: Kendrick Green, Illinois, Guard, 6’4″, 315 lbs Draft Grade: 6.21

Pro Football Focus Draft Rank: 68

Pro Day: 40-yard: 4.89, Vertical: 35.5″, Bench: 25 reps

2020 Stats: PFF Grade: 88.0, played in 8 games, All-Big Ten First Team, Second team All-American, Third highest rated guard in the country by Pro Football Focus

Ravens add a well rounded guard that excels at run blocking, and capable of being moved inside to play center.

Strengths: Can play both guard and center, keeps feet moving through block, good first step, quick off the ball

Weaknesses: short arms, overextends at times, needs to improve ability to read fronts

Pick 184 (Comp Pick): Amari Rodgers, Clemson, Wide Receiver, 5’9″, 212 lbs Draft Grade: 6.25

Pro Football Focus Draft Rank: 128

Pro Day: 40-yard: 4.51, Vertical: 33″, Bench: 19 reps

2020 Stats: PFF Grade: 79.1, played in 12 games, 77 Rec, 1,020 Yards, 13.2 Average per catch, 7 Touchdowns

Ravens add a speedy slot receiver that has the size to play on the outside who can also return kicks and punts, son of current Ravens wide receiver coach Tee Martin.

Strengths: Strong, great top end speed to pull away from defenders, tracks ball well, footwork keeps defenders off-balance, can return kicks and punts

Weaknesses: Rushes through routes at times, short arms effects catch radius, will have to adjust to NFL press corners

Round 6

Pick 210: Kylen Granson, SMU, Tight End, 6’3″, 235 lbs Draft Grade: 5.80

Pro Football Focus Draft Rank: 210

Pro Day: 40-yard: 4.64, Vertical: 36″, Bench: 16 reps

2020 Stats: PFF Grade: 70.7, Started all 10 games, 35 Rec, 536 Yards, 5 Touchdowns

Ravens add a matchup nightmare Tight End to fill the void left by Hayden Hurst.

Strengths: Looks to run after catch, ability to play in the slot, speed and size creates matchup problems for defenses

Weaknesses: Not a strong run blocker, tight in his breaks, needs to improve ability to attack ball and block out defenders, had several drops in 2020

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