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Ravens Awarded Third- and Fourth-Round Compensatory Picks in 2020 Draft - Ryan Mink

The compensatory picks are the last pick in the third round (No. 106 overall) and No. 143 overall in the fourth round.

There was a chance that the compensatory pick for linebacker C.J. Mosley, who signed a massive five-year deal with an average $17 million salary with the New York Jets, would fall into the fourth round because Mosley only played in two games (groin injury) last season. However, Mosley was still deemed a big enough loss to still warrant a third-round selection. The fourth-rounder came from the loss of wide receiver John Brown last offseason.

Baltimore is well-stocked with picks for the 2020 Draft, and they’re all tradeable. The Ravens got a fourth-round pick from trading Jermaine Eluemunor to the Patriots, a fifth-round pick from trading kicker/punter Kaare Vedvik to the Vikings, and a seventh-round pick from trading Alex Lewis to the Jets.

Ravens guard Marshal Yanda decides to retire - Jamison Hensley

A third-round pick in 2007, Yanda is one of three guards in NFL history to earn at least eight Pro Bowl nods as a guard and win a Super Bowl. The others are Larry Allen and Alan Faneca.

Yanda’s retirement frees up $7 million in salary-cap space but leaves a major void at right guard. Baltimore could look to fill Yanda’s spot with Ben Powers, a fourth-round pick from last year, or through free agency and the draft.

Yanda was never the most athletic lineman. He wasn’t a physical specimen. There’s a reason why he was the 10th offensive lineman drafted 13 years ago.

But few played the position with as much grit, determination and understanding as Yanda. He brought a country strength that came from his days of growing up on a pig farm in Iowa. A powerful run-blocker, Yanda was known for sometimes shoving three defenders out of the way to single-handedly open a hole. A top-notch pass protector, he regularly allowed the fewest sacks at his position.

Marshal Yanda retirement: Five best options for Ravens to replace their Pro Bowl guard - Cody Benjamin

The team still has plenty of weapons, of course, starting with MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson. But Yanda’s departure leaves a sizable void in the trenches, where Baltimore relied so much on his durability and production to power one of the NFL’s top rushing attacks.

Graham Glasgow, Detroit Lions: The 27-year-old veteran hasn’t gotten nearly as much attention ahead of free agency, but he’s all but a guarantee to test the market following lukewarm negotiations with Detroit. And just because the Lions haven’t ponied up for an extension doesn’t mean he’s not worth pursuing. The former third-round draft pick has played almost every position on the line, he’s only missed two games in his four-year career, and he’s coming off a well-graded 2019 on an otherwise bad Lions offense. If the Ravens want a dependable, versatile starter that may not break the bank, he’s their guy.

Trust the tape on these prospects after less-than-stellar NFL Combine performances - Michael Renner

OHIO STATE IOL JONAH JACKSON

Jackson’s 5.23 40, 7.83 three-cone and 5.02 shuttle were all below average times. The only redeeming drill Jackson had was his 28 bench press reps. That being said, his technique is on another level from any other interior lineman in this class. His hand usage in pass pro is second to none, and few positions have a history of bad athletes succeeding in the NFL quite like the interior offensive line.

2020 NFL mock draft 3.0: Eagles land Henry Ruggs - Bucky Brooks

PICK 28

Marlon Davidson - Edge

School: Auburn | Year: Senior

The Ravens have a thing for rugged players with high-revving motors and violent hands. Davidson checks those boxes and brings a little versatility as an inside-outside playmaker on the line.