Ravens 7 round mock draft
With the 2020 NFL draft coming up in about 20 days, I have decided to make my favorite team, the Ravens, a 7-round NFL Mock Draft. In this article, I will be revealing who, the Ravens will pick, why they should pick them, and how will it help them. I had made about 6 Ravens mock drafts in the last couple days trying to get the right one. I think I have found the one with the one I will reveal now.
The Coronavirus pandemic has wiped out pro days and forced the NFL to cancel pre-draft visits, so it will be hard to make choices in the draft. But the show will go on, and all 32 teams face the same challenges.
The Ravens have nine total picks: one in the first, fifth and seventh rounds, and two picks in the second, third and fourth rounds each. Their list of needs hasn’t changed much since the start of the offseason as their only outside additions have been on the defensive line.
The Ravens are a team that have holes to fill but can still compete without them. Baltimore went 14-2 last season claiming the first seed in the AFC and the best record in the NFL. The Ravens starting quarterback Lamar Jackson, won MVP last season in his first year as a full season starter. But that is where the problems start. The Ravens are at the top of the league in Tight End receiving yards and touchdowns. For Receivers however, they are near the bottom of the league. They relied a lot on rookie receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown. They don’t have many other receivers which is why I think in order to compete with the Defending Super Bowl champs, the Chiefs, in the AFC, I believe they need more weapons.
Here are my Ravens main Primary team needs in the 2020 draft:
WR, LB, EDGE, OG
Those are my main team needs and I will go through them now. I already talked about receivers and another receiver will definitely help the Ravens. LB: The Ravens second biggest need is a big one. The Ravens lost starting linebacker Patrick Onwuasor to free agency this offseason, so they need to find someone early in the draft that can fill the starting spot. EDGE: Edge has been a need for a while, and it would be nice to fill the need. OG: The Ravens lost veteran right guard, Marshall Yanda this offseason. The future hall of famer spent all 13 of his NFL seasons with the Ravens. Now its time for my mock draft:
Round One, pick 28:
Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
As I was saying before, the Ravens need to find a starting Linebacker. Murray can bring that for them. At 6'2", 234lbs, Murray is nice sized linebacker that fits the Ravens defensive scheme. Murray’s explosive athleticism is what will make a team draft him. Murray has incredible range and will use it well in the NFL. He would help the Ravens because with his great tackling abilities, he can take down common opponents like Browns’ Nick Chubb and Kansas City’s Travis Kelce.
Round 2, pick 55:
Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State
At this point in the draft, a guy like Curtis Weaver is impossible to pass on. Edge is not the most necessary spot to fill for the Ravens but is definitely in the conversation. Weaver was the 2019 Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year. Weaver is super quick and has great hands. A man to come off the edge fast and get to the quarterback is exactly the type of player the Ravens need. Weaver had 13.5 sacks for Boise State last season. He also holds the record for most sacks in Mountain West history for a player in his career (34). A player that gets sacks will help the Ravens because their opponents’ quarterbacks are hard to get. The Ravens pass rushers have not been able to get to the quarterback as much as hoped so Weaver can fix that.
Round 2, pick 60:
Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC
Pittman is the son of long-time NFL running back Michael Pittman Sr. who was on the Buccaneers super bowl team in 2002. Pittman is 6'4", 219 lbs. A big receiver here would be good for the Ravens because it is a safe throwing option. Pittman not only has great size, but he brings good overall athleticism and physicality to the WR position. He has great hands as well. Not a very fast player, but his size makes up for that.
Round 3, pick 92:
Matthew Peart, OT/OG, UCONN
If you watch Peart’s film from last year alone, you see that he mainly played tackle. That is because he moved to tackle last year. Peart started off as a guard. The reason I had the Ravens take him was because he is flexible moving around the offensive line. The Ravens’ offensive line includes many players with multiple positions. Bradley Bozeman played center, guard, and tackle at some point in his two-year career. Patrick Mekari got signed last offseason as an undrafted free agent. He was signed as a guard and ended his season as the starting center. As I mentioned when I was going over the guard position, Marshal Yanda retired and the Ravens are missing a starting right guard. This might not be the full-time solution but it will definitely help. Peart is very big as well. Listed at 6'7", 310 lbs, Peart is surprisingly very mobile. Movement is probably what he is best at and that would help the Ravens a lot.
Round 3, pick 106
Hunter Bryant, TE, Washington
One of the best players in his position class, the Ravens get a steal with their second third-round selection. Although TE isn’t a big need for the Ravens, Bryant is too talented to pass up. The Ravens lost TE Hayden Hurst in a trade with the Falcons this offseason. That’s how Baltimore ended up with the second, second-round pick. As I said when I addressed the team needs, the Ravens were first in Tight End touchdowns, yards, and receptions. Most of that comes from second-year stud Mark Andrews. Andrews and Lamar Jackson had a great connection from the start. They both came into the league in the same year. Now to Bryant, Bryant is one of the shortest TEs in his class at 6'2", but his skills make up for that. Bryant is a great route runner and is great with his RAC (Run After Catch). Very quick and versatile as well. He’s strong and has very good body control. He has many great attributes which is why I referred to him as a steal. He’s great at getting open for his quarterback, which would be useful for a guy like Lamar Jackson, who is still progressing coming off a spectacular season. The trio of Mark Andrews, Hunter Bryant, and Nick Boyle blocking is a scary tight end group that teams must be aware of.
Round 4, pick 129
Anthony McFarland, RB, Maryland
McFarland is the first of two players drafted by the Ravens from Maryland. The second will be coming up. The Ravens statistically had the best rushing attack in NFL history last season. McFarland would boost the offense and can help the rushing attack. If the Ravens do draft McFarland, I don’t know if he would get a lot of action in his rookie season. The Ravens obviously play in Maryland, so McFarland will be familiar with the area because he grew up there. I had posted my mock draft on Instagram before I put it on here, I got comments saying that just because McFarland is from Maryland, doesn’t mean that he is familiar with Baltimore. I replied to those comments giving a reason that I chose to pick them. I said, “Based off their skill sets, I think they fit with us.” I will go more in depth about that here. McFarland is fast runner, with great acceleration. He is very elusive, and his footwork is off the charts. At 5’9’’, 198lbs, McFarland is a smaller back. This running back class isn’t very tall with the tallest player title going to Sewo Olonilua out of TCU (6’3’’). The Ravens are a team that is all about speed with fast runners like Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram, Justice Hill, and Hollywood Brown. This will be a scary backfield in Baltimore if they add McFarland.
Round 4, pick 134
Collin Johnson, WR, Texas
The Ravens grab another quick receiver here with Collin Johnson. Johnson here is considered a steal. He was projected by many people to go in the third round. Johnson is the second receiver the Ravens take. When I was discussing Michael Pittman Jr. before, I was saying that size would help him. Well this guy is even bigger! At 6'6", 221lbs, Johnson is the tallest receiver in this class. Another receiver with great hands and physicality. Johnson is also very good with his contested catches. But the skill that sets Johnson apart from other receivers in his class is his Football IQ. That will really help Johnson in the NFL.
Round 5, pick 157
Antoine Brooks Jr, S, Maryland
The second player from the Terps to go to the Ravens. Two players staying in their home state. Safety is another position the Ravens don’t need that much. They signed veteran safety Earl Thomas last offseason to play the free safety position. At strong safety, Chuck Clark and DeShon Elliot will take snaps starting which they have never done in their careers. Brooks is a very physical player. He ran a 4.64 second 40-yard dash. A fast, muscular player who is a great tackler. The Draft Network’s Joe Marino, who is a draft analyst, had the following things to say about Brooks: “Nickel linebacker? Yep, he can do that. Nickel slot? For sure. Special teams? He should be great there, given his effort, tackling skills, block deconstruction and his baseline athleticism. Every down defender? Maybe not. But a valuable role player on defense and high use on ST? Absolutely.” This shows that Brooks is very flexible with the position he is playing and the Ravens can move him around.
Round 7, pick 225
Kamal Martin, LB, Minnesota
The Ravens grab another LB here with this pick. Martin earned first-team all-state and Minnesota Mr. Football finalist honors as a senior quarterback (877 passing yards) and defensive back (13 pass breakups) at Burnsville High School. Since then, Martin played linebacker until his senior season at Minnesota. A very competitive player, Martin is a very good tackler. He’s developing with his football IQ and will keep developing once he reaches the next level.
The Ravens fill all their needs in this mock draft. Most mock drafts have the Ravens getting a corner or D-lineman in the draft. Ravens are good with corner. They have players like Jimmy Smith, Marcus Peters, Marlon Humphrey, and Tavon Young. All top 30 corners. As well as depth at the position with Anthony Averett and Iman Marshall. They added veteran DEs Calais Campbell and Derek Wolfe this offseason. The 2020 NFL Draft begins April 24. Leading up to that I will come out with many videos on SportsCastr. Also watch The Next every night 8:30pm est. on SportsCastr. The Next is a show with 3 aspiring sports broadcasters. Luke Brown, Josh Berman, and I, Michael Mirskiy, like to talk sports so make sure to watch!