Day 1 of the 2019 NFL Draft is complete. The Cardinals, Giants, and Redskins all landed quarterbacks, and pass rushers were depleted. Only one cornerback and two wide receivers came off the board. With rounds two and three upcoming, who are the best remaining players the Ravens could take after selecting wide receiver Marquise Brown in the first round?
The Ravens missed out on the premier edge players in the draft, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still quality players remaining at the position. Michigan’s Chase Winovich is a player that would make a lot of sense for Baltimore, but he will likely go before the Ravens are back on the clock at pick 85 in the third round. Louisiana Tech’s Jaylon Ferguson, Florida’s Jachai Polite, Georgia’s D’Andre Walker, Old Dominion’s Oshane Ximines, and Alabama’s Christian Miller are some of the other names that could be called in the next two rounds.
There are still plenty of quality offensive linemen remaining, including Oklahoma’s Cody Ford, Florida’s Jawaan Taylor, Kansas State’s Dalton Risner, Texas A&M’s Erik McCoy, Ole Miss’ Greg Little, West Virginia’s Yodny Cajuste, Mississippi State’s Elgton Jenkins, and Penn State’s Connor McGovern. Ford was speculated to go in the first round and would be a fantastic fit at guard for Baltimore. McCoy and Jenkins would be great value picks on Day 2 who could become immediate starters at center.
Even though the Ravens selected Brown in the first round, they could still add another receiver. Many consider rounds 2-3 to be the strength of this draft, which certainly seems to be true for the receiver position. With only two off the board, many highly rated receivers are still available. Ole Miss’ receivers D.K. Metcalf and A.J. Brown headline the list with South Carolina’s Deebo Samuel, Ohio State’s Parris Campbell and Iowa State’s Hakeem Butler in the mix as well. Some potential third round targets include North Carolina State’s Kelvin Harmon, Ohio State’s Terry McLaurin, Georgia’s Riley Ridley, Massachusetts's Andy Isabella, Stanford’s J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Notre Dame’s Miles Boykin, Georgia’s Mecole Hardman, and Baylor’s Jaylen Hurd.
Pairing a big-body target such as Butler or Arcega-Whiteside with Brown would be ideal.
There are also plenty of running backs that the Ravens could target, such as David Montgomery, Devin Singletary, Damien Harris, Darrell Henderson and Miles Sanders. Other players that could interest Baltimore are linebacker Mack Wilson and defensive end Zach Allen, though both will probably go in the second round.
Baltimore certainly has the ammunition to trade into the second round if they wish, but staying put with two third-round picks and three fourth-round picks might be the best option considering the depth of the draft class.