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 are Scenario 1 and Scenario 2.

In Scenario 3, the Ravens select a wide receiver with the 27th pick.

Who could it be?

• Rashod Bateman, Minnesota: WR1 on my board, excellent route runner
• Terrace Marshall Jr., LSU: size, speed and solid hands
• Kadarius Toney, Florida: exciting slot receiver

So, who would the second-round targets be?

The Ravens could target an offensive lineman, defensive back or edge rusher in Round 2. Here are some options for each position of need in the second round.

EDGE:

• Joseph Ossai, Texas: OLB in a 3-4 scheme
• Carlos Basham Jr., Wake Forest: 4-3 defensive end who plays with more power then speed
• Quincy Roche, Miami: explosive pass rusher

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
• Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State: solid man-to-man cover corner

The Ravens could double up this year at the EDGE position, and it’s a good draft to do so. With solid talent at the receiver position 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:

EDGE:

• Dayo Odeyingbo, Vanderbilt
• Jordan Smith, UAB
• Patrick Jones II, Pittsburgh

DB:

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

OL:

• Brady Christenen, 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: Terrace Marshall Jr.
No. 58 pick: Quincy Roche
No. 104 pick: Brady Christensen

In addition, the Ravens would still have four Day Three picks left to address other needs. Would this be a solid start to the draft? As a Ravens fan, are you satisfied going into Day Three? Which scenario do you prefer: WR, OL or EDGE with the 27th pick?

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