Two months forward of the NFL draft, Andy Benoit and Gary Gramling are breaking down the greatest locations of need to have for all 32 groups. We’ll be publishing the AFC and NFC East groups on Tuesday, the North divisions on Wednesday, the South divisions on Thursday and the West divisions on Friday. Verify out all of our 2019 NFL Draft protection, which includes all 32 of these posts, here.
Most significant Want: Huge Receiver
The program is to build a various run-first offense all-around Lamar Jackson, but you nonetheless have to have move-catchers. The Ravens, who feel to have a evident will need right here each and every other 12 months, can cite Willie Snead or Seth Roberts as their finest options proper now. Every would be a No. 3 at finest on most teams plus, each are actively playing on an expiring contracts. Identifying the ideal design and style of receivers (and which is receivers, plural—at the very least two are needed) could be tough presented that Jackson as an NFL passer is nevertheless an unidentified entity. Whoever they locate will have to have enough girth and toughness to block offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s inventive operate patterns just cannot prosper except defenders are dealt with on the perimeter. This doesn’t suggest the Ravens need massive receivers, for every se, but they could shy away from modest receivers.
Concealed Have to have: Stack Linebacker
With C.J. Mosely finding away this will need hardly counts as hidden, but it is much less evident than the gaping holes at wideout (see higher than) and defensive edge (see under). Patrick Onwuasor arrived on robust down the extend very last 12 months, especially as a blitzer, and can select up some of the slack subsequent Mosley’s departure. The problem is 2018 fourth-rounder Kenny Youthful. He’s an explosive downhill mover, but the point that in December he missing snaps to the man he was drafted to replace—Onwuasor—suggests he has weaknesses to appropriate. Can he move laterally? Can he examine the discipline? Is he comfortable in Baltimore’s myriad force packages? The reply could nicely be indeed, but the Ravens have to have insurance in situation it is no. And even if Young improves, they have to have depth driving him.
Also Seeking For: Edge Defenders
The Ravens most likely realized they’d lose Za’Darius Smith in cost-free company but likely did not anticipate Terrell Suggs leaving. Furthermore, they’ll have a challenging determination to make upcoming calendar year when Matt Judon’s deal expires (he is not very really worth a franchise tag, but Judon matches the common profile of a player destined to be overpaid in free company). With Tim Williams’s and Tyus Bowser’s enhancement so considerably remaining disappointing, the Ravens have numerous wants on the outside up entrance.
Who They Can Get
The Ravens will have a shot at a large receiver, irrespective of whether it can be super-sized slot receiver A.J. Brown of Ole Overlook, contested-catch artist N’Keal Harry of Arizona Point out, or the hulking Hakeem Butler of Iowa Condition. All of them will be assets blocking in the operate activity. They could hop on the second-tier edge rushers as perfectly, where Louisiana Tech’s Jaylon Ferguson and Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell. If they don’t trade down, the twenty second over-all decide may be Baltimore’s only prospect to get quick assistance since they’re not slated to choose once again right up until Select 85.
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