Before the 2021 NFL Draft, I will look at possible scenarios for the Ravens in the first round of the draft 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 No. 27 overall pick. The top needs for the Ravens are wide receiver, edge rusher, defensive back and offensive line.
Here is Scenario 1:
The Ravens select an offensive lineman with the No. 27 pick. (The specific position they select could be based on a possible Orlando Brown Jr. trade.)
Who could it be?
• Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State: plug-and-play tackle
• Jalen Mayfield, OT/OG, Michigan: best guard in the draft and can play tackle
• Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma: best center and fills biggest offensive line need
So, who would the second-round targets be?
The Ravens could target edge rusher, defensive back or wide receiver in Round 2. Here are some options for each position of need in the second round:
• Amon-Ra St. Brown, USC: do-it-all receiver inside and outside
• Nico Collins, Michigan: vertical threat
• Dyami Brown, North Carolina: fits the Ravens well
• Carlos Basham Jr., Wake Forest: powerful pass rusher
• Quincy Roche, Miami: playmaker
• Joseph Ossai, Texas: perfect 3-4 prospect
• Jamar Johnson, S, Indiana: hybrid defender/chess piece
• Richie Grant, S, UCF: ball-hawk free safety
Offensive line gets thin fast in this draft. Yes, there are players who could develop, but the middle of Round 3 is where surefire starters stop in 2021. Receiver depth is strong in this year’s draft, so if the Ravens decide to go this route, they could double up at the wide receiver position. There are solid defensive back prospects through Round 5 — just not a ton of second-round talent. EDGE is not one of the deepest positions in 2021, but there are some intriguing prospects.
In the third round, the Ravens’ options are:
• Amari Rodgers, Clemson
• Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State
• Simi Fehoko, Stanford
• Keith Taylor Jr., CB, Washington
• Kelvin Joseph, CB, Kentucky
• Richard LeCounte III, S, Georgia
• Jordan Smith, UAB
• Cameron Sample, Tulane
• Dayo Odeyingbo, Vanderbilt
What if the draft went like this?
No. 27 pick: Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma
No. 58 pick: Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE, Wake Forest
No. 104 pick: Amari Rodgers, WR, Clemson
In addition, the Ravens would still have four Day 3 picks left to address the other needs. Would this be a solid start to the draft? As a Ravens fan, are you satisfied going into Day 3?
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