Monday, August 24, 2020

Baltimore Ravens Mock Draft Roundup, 2.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our Baltimore Ravens Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Baltimore Ravens from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Ravens:

Rotoworld - Thor Nystrom (8/21)

30. Creed Humphrey, IOL, Oklahoma

We know that Eric DeCosta and crew love their offensive Sooners, from Hollywood Brown to Mark Andrews to Ben Powers to Orlando Brown Jr. With Ronnie Stanley and Zeus Junior setting the tone as bookends for the next several years, the Ravens could afford to bolster the interior between them. Bradley Bozeman has proven to be an above-average NFL guard, but the right guard position remains in flux and Matt Skura is an average center coming off a season-ending injury.

PFF - Mike Renner (8/19)

32. Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU

No defense loves extra coverage players more than the Ravens. No defense loves versatile coverage players more than the Ravens. Moehrig is a horse of a safety at 6-foot-2, 208 pounds -- he hits like a brick and had two forced fumbles last year purely from the force he put on ball carriers. He finished with a position-leading 16 combined picks and pass breakups last season for the Horned Frogs.

The Draft Network - Kyle Crabbs (8/19)

30. Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan

The Ravens continue to thrive by letting good players fall into their lap. With Aidan Hutchinson, the team picks up a hybrid defender who can play up and down the front and potentially unlock his potential by mentoring behind Calais Campbell in 2021. Hutchinson has the size to fulfill a similar role as either an odd-front end, an interior pass rusher in even fronts or potentially play some stand-up in the run game if the team doesn't want to strap on extra weight. The possibilities are endless.

Pro Football Network - Oliver Hodgkinson (8/16)

30. Devonta Smith, WR, Alabama

After failing to secure a long-term deal with outside linebacker Matthew Judon, the Baltimore Ravens could be in the market for an edge rusher in the 2021 NFL Draft. They should also look to surround 2019 NFL MVP Lamar Jackson with talent, including adding depth to the wide receiver, tight end, and interior offensive line groups.

DeVonta Smith led a talented quartet of Alabama wide receivers in 2019 in both receiving yards and touchdowns. Although he lacks the speed of a Henry Ruggs, or the frame of a Jerry Jeudy, Smith combines great catch ability with an elusiveness after the catch to create a playmaking threat. Smith has the skillset to ensure Alabama has two first-round wide receivers for the second straight year.

ESPN - Todd McShay (8/12)

30. Wyatt Davis, IOL, Ohio State

The Ravens could pop Davis right into the lineup for free-agent-to-be D.J. Fluker in 2021. He did not allow a sack or a hit on his quarterback in 400-plus pass protection reps last season, shows above-average foot quickness and mobility, and has the power to open lanes in the run game. Baltimore can't let Lamar Jackson take extra hits, and shoring up the guard position with a potential high-end NFL starter here would go a long way. Cornerback depth behind Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters is another spot to watch, as Jimmy Smith becomes a free agent after the season. If still available, Mukuamu would be a good snag, as would Stanford corner Paulson Adebo.

The Draft Network - Jordan Reid (8/10)

30. Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE, Wake Forest

From top to bottom, you will be hard-pressed to find a roster that is more complete than the Ravens. General manager Eric DeCosta has assembled one of the more potent groups on both sides of the ball. One area of concern heading into 2021 might be at edge rusher, though. With Matt Judon playing on the franchise tag and Tyus Bowser set to become an unrestricted free agent, the team could opt to let both walk and replace the production with Basham.

Prior to the 2020 draft, many felt that Basham was a guarantee to declare. Wanting to return to Wake Forest in order to improve on certain areas of his game, he enters next season as one of the most notable names in a bit of a mixed bag of prospects at the position. At 6-foot-4 and 274 pounds (NFL listed measurements), Basham is an ideal 4i-technique in a three-down defensive front, but he also has the versatility to be a 5-technique in a 4-3 scheme.

Pro Football Network - Matthew Valdovinos (8/9)

30. Devonta Smith, WR, Alabama

Two first-round receivers in 2020, and now two in 2021, Alabama truly is an NFL factory. The Ravens need to get Lamar pass-catchers than can make a difference. I was low on Hollywood Brown coming out, and I'm not convinced he can be a true WR1. DeVonta Smith compliments Brown perfectly, and together they can be a devastating WR duo.

Smith has arguably the best hands in the class and dominates on underneath routes. However, he's athletic enough to burn an unsuspecting cornerback. His glue for hands will be a big help for a Ravens' receiving corps that struggles with drops.

The Draft Network - Joe Marino (8/3)

30. Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

The Ravens' offense is dynamic and difficult to defend, but it could reach new heights with more consistency at outside receiver. Hollywood Brown is a player that is best when moved around the formation and Miles Boykin is extremely raw.

Bateman would provide the Ravens with a true alpha receiver that has exceptional ball skills, hands, and the ability to win in the air. He is a smooth operator that is crisp as a route-runner, capable of creating separation. Bateman averaged more than 20 yards per reception last season due to his technical refinement as a route-runner and at the catch point, but also because he is dynamic after the catch.

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