Round 1, Pick 28: LSU LB Patrick Queen
Round 2, Pick 55: Ohio State RB J.K. Dobbins
• Who could they have taken: Florida WR Van Jefferson, Baylor WR Denzel Mims, Michigan EDGE Josh Uche
• What others are saying: “Baltimore led the league in rushing in 2019 and set the record for yards per carry in a 16-game season. Mark Ingram is 30 but rushed for over 1,000 yards in his first season with the team, and Gus Edwards added 711 yards. In other words, running back sure doesn’t seem like a need, but the Ravens get a talented back and excellent value in Dobbins, who was the 27th-ranked player on our board.” — Steve Muench (ESPN)
• KZ’s take: For a team that runs the ball more than any other team, and whose starting running back is 30 and wasn’t 100 percent for the playoffs, taking what some people considered the top back in the draft is a terrific pick, even if running back wasn’t the most pressing need.
Round 3, Pick 71: Texas A&M DL Justin Madubuike
• Who could they have taken: Houston OT Josh Jones, Houston, Wisconsin LB Zack Baun, Kentucky RB/WR Lynn Bowden
• What others are saying: “Madubuike is another boost to the interior pass rush. He does a solid job getting to the quarterback and registered 5.5 sacks as a sophomore in 2018 and junior in 2019. During those two years, he had 22 tackles for losses and four forced fumbles. He also adds a young presence to a veteran-laden defensive line with Calais Campbell, Derek Wolfe and Brandon Williams. Grade B+” — Todd Karpovich (SI.com)
• KZ’s take: The Ravens are going to be the Ravens and draft defensive lineman. Madubuike was my fourth-rated defensive lineman, so at least they took a solid one. With Calais Campbell turning 34 years old in September, this is good depth for what on paper is a deep defensive line group.
Round 3, Pick 92: Texas WR Devin Duvernay
• Who could they have taken: Appalachian State RB Darrynton Evans, TCU OT Lucas Niang, TCU, LSU LB Jacob Phillips
• What others are saying: “The Ravens lack depth at wide receiver. Their wide receivers had the fewest receiving yards (1,419) in the league last season, 228 fewer than the next-closest team. Yes, they could run the ball. Yes, QB Lamar Jackson got a lot out of his tight ends. And yes, a well-built, productive, experienced (likely) slot WR who runs 4.39 and offers consistent hands is going to help. Possibly early.” — Chris Sprow (ESPN)
• KZ’s take: A sure-handed slot receiver with sub 4.4 speed is exactly what the Ravens needed. Super pick.
Round 3, Pick 98: Ohio State LB Malik Harrison
• Who could they have taken: UConn OT Matt Peart, Virginia Tech TE Dalton Keene, Charlotte EDGE Alex Highsmith
• What others are saying: “The Ravens found another play-making linebacker with Harrison, who led the Buckeyes with 75 tackles and added 4.5 sacks, 16.5 tackles for losses and four pass breakups as a senior. Harrison ranked third in ProFootballFocus.com’s run-stop percentage, a metric that essentially measures impact tackles. Grade B+” – Todd Karpovich (SI.com)
• KZ’s take: I thought the Ravens could and should draft multiple linebackers, and Harrison is a perfect complement to first-round linebacker Patrick Queen. Harrison is a plug-and-play tackling machine.
Round 3, Pick 106: Mississippi State OG Tyre Phillips
• Who could they have taken: Missouri TE Albert Okwuegbunam, LSU OT Saahdiq Charles, Louisiana Tech CB Amik Robertson
• What others are saying: “Phillips is a massive tackle with big hands and outstanding length. He’s a powerful run-blocker with the size to engulf defenders and move them off the ball, but he’s a limited athlete who fits better in a power-heavy scheme than in a zone scheme. His big frame and length make it tough to get around him in pass pro. He has some problems mirroring and needs to improve his hand-to-hand combat skills.” — Steve Muench (ESPN)
• KZ’s take: So this was a head-scratcher for me. I did not know anything about Phillips at all, and he wasn’t one of the top offensive linemen available at the time. I have done some homework since the pick. Phillips is a big, strong man with above-average length. He excels at bullying people in the run game but is a work in progress in pass protection. Maybe they bump him inside to a guard spot. Some people I trust for offensive line evaluations like the pick, including Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy, so that is good enough for me.
Round 4, Pick 143: Michigan G Ben Bredeson
• Who could they have taken: Auburn OL Jack Driscoll, Wisconsin C Tyler Biadasz, Notre Dame DE Khalid Kareem
• What others are saying: “Bredeson, 6-foot-5, 315 pounds, was a four-year starter for the Wolverines. He appeared in 50 games with 46 of those starts at left guard. Bredeson also has leadership skills and was just the 12th player in Michigan history to be named a captain twice. He’ll add valuable depth and eventually compete for a starting job.” – Todd Karpovich (SI.com)
• KZ’s take: Love the pick, love the player. Very smart, solid football player.
Round 5, Pick 170: Texas Tech DL Broderick Washington
• Who could they have taken: Rhode Island WR Isaiah Coulter, Tulane WR Darnell Mooney, Utah DE Bradlee Anae
• What others are saying: “Washington, a two-time team captain and three-year starter, has a low center of gravity and the strength to stack blockers one-on-one. He’s not a massive two-gap space-eater. He’s a relatively one-dimensional power rusher. He does do a good job of getting his hands up in passing lanes.” — Steve Muench (ESPN)
• KZ’s take: At the time of the pick, I hated it. Defensive line was already one of the deepest groups on the team, plus I was not impressed with the player as he winds up on the ground too much for me. I did not understand it given the availability of good receivers who could have added more speed.
Round 6, Pick 201: SMU WR James Proche
• Who could they have taken: I don’t care because this pick was PERFECT, but to throw out a name: Cal LB Evan Weaver.
• What others are saying:”Average size, quickness and speed, but extraordinary ball skills that allow for viral-caliber catches throughout his game tape. Teams may see the measurables and move him inside, but he lacks slot quickness and route savvy underneath. Once the ball is launched, however, Proche is an alpha with ball tracking, body control and razor-sharp focus, which makes him the favorite in contested-catch battles downfield.” – NFL.com
“He projects as a high-end No. 3 weapon at the next level.” – USA Today
“His experience in a wide open passing offense will transition well to teams that space the field and look to push the ball vertically. Love his body control and ball skills — don’t sleep on this one.” – The Draft Network
• KZ’s take: So to borrow a phrase … just when I think you couldn’t possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this … and TOTALLY REDEEM YOURSELF! No, I am not calling anyone in the Ravens organization dumb, but I truly didn’t like the Washington pick. But then you go and grab one of my pre-draft favorites and boom, all is forgotten. I love productive college players. Proche will be knocked for his size (short arms) and athleticism, but all he does is make plays. Plays in traffic, plays in space, plays, plays, plays. Oh, and he never drops a pass.
Round 7, Pick 219: Iowa S Geno Stone
• Who could they have taken: Ohio State WR K.J. Hill, Michigan State DE Kenny Willekes, North Dakota State EDGE Derrek Tuszka
• What others are saying: “Stone started all 13 games at strong safety and recorded 70 tackles, including 46 solo stops and 24 assists. He also had three tackles for loss, one sack, four pass breakups, three forces fumbles, two QB pressures, one interception and one recovered fumble for the Hawkeyes. Stone has the versatility to be used in multiple ways in Don Martindale’s defensive schemes.” – Todd Karpovich (SI.com)
• KZ’s take: I thought he could go in the third round. He is a very instinctive player with excellent ball skills.
• No. 55 acquired from Falcons as part of the Hayden Hurst trade
• Nos. 71 and 98 acquired from Patriots as part of draft-day trade for pick 60
• No. 129 acquired from Patriots as part of the Jermaine Eluemunor trade
• No. 170 acquired from Vikings as part of the Kaare Vedvik trade
• Nos. 201 and 219 acquired from Vikings as part of a draft-day trade for pick 225 and a fifth-round pick in 2021
The Undrafted Free-Agent Signees:
• Tyler Huntley, QB, Utah
• Jacob Breeland, TE, Oregon
• John Daka, EDGE, James Madison
• Chauncey Rivers, EDGE, Mississippi State
• Trystan Colon-Castillo, C, Missouri
• Daishawn Dixon, OL, San Diego State
• Jeff Hector, DB, Redlands
• Dom Maggio, P, Wake Forest
• Jaylon Moore, WR, Tennessee Martin
• Josh Nurse, CB, Utah
• Bronson Rechsteiner, RB, Kennesaw State
• Nigel Warrior, S, Tennessee
• Kristian Welch, ILB, Iowa
• Ty’son Williams, RB, BYU
• Eli Wolf, TE, Georgia
• Aaron Crawford, DT, North Carolina
• Nick Vogel, K, UAB
• Sean Pollard, C, Clemson
• Marcus Willoughby, DE, Elon
• Khalil Dorsey, CB, Northern Arizona
The highlights of the UDFA group are JMU edge rusher John Daka, who had 16.5 sacks last year; Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley, an intriguing prospect who is a dual threat (through the air and running the ball); Kennesaw State running back Bronson Rechsteiner, the son of former wrestler Rick Steiner, and Oregon tight end Jacob Breeland, a solid prospect who is now healthy after suffering broken leg last year. Lastly, the NFL should pay attention anytime the Ravens sign a kicker, so Nick Vogel is worth watching. Overall, the UDFA signings were impressive.
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