Sunday, May 21, 2023

Baltimore Ravens Post-Draft 2023 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a post-draft roundup for the Baltimore Ravens in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 8

Most improved: Wide receiver

This isn't just the most improved position on the Ravens. This is the most improved position in the league. Last year, the Ravens' wide receivers totaled 1,1517 yards, the fewest in the NFL. So, Baltimore signed Odell Beckham Jr. and Nelson Agholor in free agency and drafted Zay Flowers in the first round.

The Ravens also get back Rashod Bateman, who missed the last nine games of 2022 with a foot injury. When last season ended, Baltimore's top four wide receivers were Demarcus Robinson, Sammy Watkins, Devin Duvernay and James Proche II. This year, Lamar Jackson is throwing to four former first-round wide receivers. -- Rank: 7

Everything In Its Right Place. Lamar Jackson is back with his flock on a historic new contract, and the clouds have parted in an instant above Charm City. Baltimore used the top of its draft on Boston College star Zay Flowers, a dynamic playmaker who joins a wide receiver room that has more talent than it did at any previous time during Jackson's tenure as starter. Flowers, Odell Beckham Jr. and Rashod Bateman are a legit trio, while Mark Andrews returns as one of the best playmaking tight ends in the sport. Lamar got his money (well, most of it) ... and the supporting cast he's desired for years. It's time for the Ravens' offense to fly again.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 12

Now that Lamar Jackson is signed, they are back to being a contender in the AFC North. Adding Odell Beckham Jr., and Zay Flowers as receivers has to make new coordinator Todd Monken a happy man. It's time for Jackson to sling it around.

USA Today -- Rank: 7

They won 10 games last year even with now-enriched QB Lamar Jackson missing five, RB J.K. Dobbins sputtering from his 2021 ACL injury and WRs Odell Beckham Jr. and Zay Flowers elsewhere. Beware considering the blackbirds as dark horses.

The Athletic -- Rank: 7

Draft takeaway: The Ravens could have forfeited their six draft picks and still had one of the best weekends of any team now that Lamar Jackson is finally signed long term.

Hype man: Not only is Jackson here for good, but we finally have some wide receivers for him to throw to with Odell Beckham Jr. and Zay Flowers.

Devin Downer: Great, now what do we do about making sure Jackson makes it through a whole season healthy?

PFF -- Rank: 10

Despite signing Odell Beckham Jr. and Nelson Agholor in free agency, the Ravens continued to add to their receiver room by drafting Zay Flowers in the first round. Both Rashod Bateman and Beckham should help Baltimore in the intermediate part of the field, while Flowers can serve as the team's deep threat and premier after-the-catch receiver. The rookie should also see action on screens and jet sweeps.

PFT -- Rank: 7

Lamar Jackson has the best weapons, by far, that he's had since being drafted five years ago. Now he needs to stay on the field, and his collective weaponry should improve his 33-to-20 TD-to-pick differential over the last two years.

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