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Ravens’ 2019 Offseason Workout Dates Announced - Ryan Mink

The Ravens’ offseason workout program dates were announced today by the NFL, and Baltimore’s first day of the strength and conditioning program is Monday, April 15.

The Ravens’ organized team activities will be May 20-21, May 23, May 28, May 30-31, June 3-4 and June 6-7. Mandatory minicamp will be from June 11-13.

The Ravens will also have a post-NFL Draft rookie minicamp, which may be conducted on either the first or second weekend following the draft. The dates of that minicamp will be released at a later date.

With a young roster, near full participation will be expected for the voluntary portion of the program.

The NFL’s top running backs by point of attack - William Moy

Right Guard

Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens – 90.8 rushing grade

Edwards led 37 qualified running backs in rushing grade off right guard in 2018, as he picked up one touchdown to go with seven first downs and a league-leading 234 yards on 28 attempts through that point of attack. Edwards tied Nick Chubb for the lead among qualified backs with an average of 8.4 yards per attempt off right guard, and he ranked second with an average of 4.7 yards after contact per attempt.

Edwards also recorded the best single game performance by any rookie back last season. Veteran Mark Ingram was signed to be the lead back in 2019, but Gus should still receive significant touches.

NFL Units that need to be addressed in the Draft - Mike Johnson

BALTIMORE RAVENS: PASS RUSH

Quietly, the Baltimore Ravens’ pass-rushing unit has been depleted this offseason with the losses of Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith on the edge.

As a team, the Ravens generated a 72.0 pass-rush grade a season ago with 242 total pressures, fifth-most in the NFL. However, of those 242 total pressures, 114 were contributed by the combination of Suggs and Smith.

With only two draft picks in the first three rounds, adding an elite pass rusher should be tempting at pick 22 for Baltimore. The Ravens’ secondary will be among the best in the NFL next season, especially with the addition All-Pro safety Earl Thomas, so an injection of youth in the defensive front-seven might once again push the Baltimore defense from good to great.

PFF lists seven edge rushers on their Top-50 Big Board: Nick Bosa (2), Josh Allen (5), Brian Burns (14), Chase Winovich (29), Clelin Ferrell (35), Zach Allen (40), and Montez Sweat (47).

STUDS & DUDS - DAY 3 PROSPECTS OF THE 2019 DRAFT - Kyle Crabbs

STUD - LINEBACKER JOSIAH TAUAEFA, UTSA

I know NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks was a big fan of Josiah entering the Combine, he had him ranked as high as LB5. I’m not *that* high on Josiah, but in a bad (read: awful) linebacker class, he is LB8 and I have a 4th-round grade on him.

Josiah is a pretty urgent moving linebacker and I’m a fan of his mental processing skills. I have five linebackers with Day 1 or 2 grades out of 36 written reports. In a bad LB class, Tauaefa could be a breath of fresh air in the middle rounds.

DUD - DEFENSIVE END JAYLON FERGUSON, LOUISIANA TECH

Ferguson is super productive, but I’d challenge anyone to pull up the tape that shows a first round player. And trust me, I’ve ground the tape. It ain’t there.

Couple that with some of the most frustrating athletic testing you’ll see on this side of Jachai Polite and it’s just about a wrap for the Jaylon Ferguson hype train, as far as I see it.

Tauaefa projects as a two-down ‘Mike’ linebacker with a strong motor and high football IQ.