Potential 2020 NFL Draft Scenario For Ravens: Offensive Lineman

Heading into the 2020 NFL Draft, I’ll look at possible scenarios for the Ravens in Round 1 and how a selection would change the look of the second and third rounds. This exercise assumes the Ravens make no trades in the first round and make the 28th overall pick. The top needs for the Ravens are wide receiver, edge rusher, linebacker and offensive line.

Here is Scenario 1: The Ravens select an offensive lineman with the 28th pick.

Who could it be?

• Cesar Ruiz, Michigan: only interior offensive lineman with a first-round grade in this draft
• Josh Jones, Houston: a tad raw, but the tape is magical
• Lucas Niang, TCU: athletic bully

So, who would the second-round target be? (Remember, the Ravens currently have two second-round picks.)

The Ravens could target an edge rusher, linebacker or wide receiver in Round 2. Here are some options for each position of need in the second round. The Ravens have picks 55 and 60.

WR:

• Tee Higgins, Clemson: big target who could slip into the second round due to a poor pro day
• Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State: game-breaker who let the ball hit the ground a tad too much in college
• Laviska Shenault Jr., Colorado: without the injuries, he is a first-rounder; one of the top four talents at wide receiver in this draft
• K.J. Hamler, Penn State: SPEED … would be fun to see Hamler and Marquise Brown together

EDGE:

• Julian Okwara, Notre Dame: solid pass rusher who has trouble setting the edge
• Josh Uche, Michigan: he’ll be a better pro than college player; like his skill set
• Curtis Weaver, Boise State: the 2019 Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year
• Terrell Lewis, Alabama: raw; was injured a bunch in college but could be an elite player if he stays healthy

LB:

• Malik Harrison, Ohio State: Better run defender than coverage linebacker
• Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech: More of a Will linebacker than Mike linebacker

Offensive line gets thin fast in this draft. Yes, there are players who could develop, but the middle of Round 2 is where sure-fire starters stop in 2020. The wide receiver depth is strong in this year’s draft, so if the Ravens decide to go this route, they could double up at the receiver position. Linebacker has solid prospects through Round 5, just not a ton of second-round talent. EDGE isn’t the deepest position in 2020, but there are some intriguing prospects.

In the third round, here are the Ravens’ options. They have picks 93 and 106.

WR:

• Bryan Edwards, South Carolina: has a huge upside
• Michael Pittman, USC: on the rise
• Van Jefferson, Florida: ready-to-roll prospect

LB:

• Troy Dye, Oregon: solid prospect
• Willie Gay Jr., Mississippi State: potential high-reward pick
• Akeem Davis-Gaither, Appalachian State: intriguing prospect

EDGE:

• Bradlee Anae, Utah: would be a steal
• Kenny Willekes, Michigan State: run stopper
• Khalid Kareem, Notre Dame: developmental prospect

What if the draft went like this?

No. 28: Cesar Ruiz, IOL, Michigan
No. 55: Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
No. 60: Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State
No. 93: Bradlee Anae, EDGE, Utah
No. 106: Bryan Edwards, WR, South Carolina

In addition, the Ravens would still have four picks left to address the other needs. Would this be a solid start to the draft?

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