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.

In Scenario 2, the Ravens select an edge rusher with the No. 27 overall pick.

Who could it be?

• Kwity Paye, Michigan: 4-3 rusher, best in the class
• Azeez Ojulari, Georgia: 4-3, off-ball outside linebacker
• Jaelan Phillips, Miami: versatile formation usage
• Jayson Oweh, Penn State: 3-4 pass rush specialist in Year One

So, who would the second-round targets be?

The Ravens could target an offensive lineman, defensive back or wide receiver in the second round. Here are some options for each position of need in the second round:

WR:

• 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

OL:

• Alex Leatherwood, Alabama: starter at right tackle or guard from Day One
• Wyatt Davis, Ohio State: coming back from late-season injury but best guard in the class
• Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame: left tackle, right tackle, guard … could play them all

DB:

• Jamar Johnson, S, Indiana: hybrid defender/chess piece
• Richie Grant, S, UCF: ball-hawk free safety

The Ravens could double up this year at the EDGE position — and it’s a good draft to do so. With solid talent at receiver and along the offensive line well into the fourth round, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if they did.

In the third round, the Ravens’ options are:

WR:

• Amari Rodgers, Clemson
• Austin Watkins, UAB
• Simi Fehoko, Stanford

DB:

• Keith Taylor Jr., CB, Washington
• Kelvin Joseph, CB, Kentucky
• Richard LeCounte III, S, Georgia

OL:

• Brady Christensen, BYU; excels in the run game
• Quinn Meinerz, Wisconsin-Whitewater: small-school stud
• Deonte Brown, Alabama: powerful starting guard

What if the draft went like this?

No. 27 pick: Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia
No. 58 pick: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC
No. 104 pick: Quinn Meinerz, C, Wisconsin-Whitewater

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, would you be satisfied going into Day 3? Which scenario do you prefer — offensive lineman or edge rusher with the 27th pick?

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