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Baltimore Ravens roster breakdown: A position-by-position look after first week of free agency - Aaron Kasinitz

WIDE RECEIVER

Marquise Brown

Willie Snead

Miles Boykin

Jaleel Scott

De’Anthony Thomas

Sean Modster

Antoine Wesley

Entering the offseason, many fans pegged wide receiver as a potential area of need for the Ravens. The team hasn’t addressed it so far. Free agent Seth Roberts signed the Panthers and Chris Moore remains on the open market. Baltimore’s only action at the position this offseason has been to re-sign Thomas, who played almost exclusively as a returner in 2019. If Boykin or Scott make significant strides, the Ravens might feel comfortable without a major addition at receiver, but the wouldn’t mind adding a young pass-catcher through the draft.

2020 NFL Free Agency: Grades for all 32 teams - Anthony Treash

BALTIMORE RAVENS

The fact that Baltimore traded only a fifth-round pick for the second-most valuable defensive lineman over the past four seasons in Calais Campbell is pretty remarkable. Yes, he’s going to turn 34 years old before the season starts, but the man is a game-wrecker compared to his counterparts. Campbell has produced a PFF overall grade that has ranked sixth or better among all defensive linemen in each of the past four seasons. He has plenty of gas in the tank.

Michael Brockers has been a solid run defender throughout his career but a pretty subpar pass-rusher playing alongside the league’s most dominant interior defensive lineman in Aaron Donald. In his eight-year career, Brockers has never cracked the top 40 in pass-rush grade. As for tagging Matthew Judon, it’s a good move if the Ravens trade him away. Judon had a career year like Dante Fowler Jr. above but saw most of his production handed to him, as he owned the highest rate of cleanup/unblocked pressures.

FREE AGENCY GRADE: AVERAGE

2020 NFL Draft: Ravens Receiver-Only Seven-Round Mock Draft - Ken Zalis

Round 1, Pick 28

Might Be: Jalen Reagor, TCU

Could Be: Justin Jefferson, LSU

Should Be: Denzel Mims, Baylor

Round 2, Picks 55 and 60

Might Be: Donovan Peoples-Jones, Michigan

Could Be: Tee Higgins, Clemson

Should Be: Brandon Aiyuk, ASU

Bonus Maybe: K.J. Hamler, Penn State

Round 3, Pick 92

Might Be: Van Jefferson, Florida

Could Be: Quartney Davis, Texas A&M

Should Be: Bryan Edwards, South Carolina

Baltimore Ravens: 7-Round 2020 NFL Mock Draft - Andrew Kim

With the 55th overall pick (ATL-NE) in the 2nd round, the Baltimore Ravens select Brandon Aiyuk, a wide receiver out of Arizona State.

Getting another dynamic weapon in Marquise “Hollywood” Brown would make the offense lethal with that speed combination. Aiyuk can be that playmaker and offers some length to his frame. The former Sundevil was a JUCO transfer and made some plays for Arizona State on the outside and in the slot. The 6-foot, 205-pound receiver was a threat to score on any play and burned defenders in open space like what he did on this play. The senior would be a steal if he were still here at this point during the 2nd round.

With the 60th overall pick in the 2nd round, the Baltimore Ravens select Julian Okwara, an edge rusher from Notre Dame.

More production on the outside linebacker position, other than Judon, is needed. Tyus Bowser and Jaylen Ferguson have shown a few flashes but Okwara would give them more depth, in case Judon is traded or leaves in free agency next year if a long-term deal is not done by then. At Notre Dame, the senior was a productive heat-seeking missile for the Fighting Irish and showcased great motor and pursuit. The 6-foot-4 inch, 252-pound pass rusher shows some burst and can truly bend off the edge, as it is seen in this play. Baltimore would get an athletic defensive end/outside linebacker that is very good at one thing, getting after the quarterback and that is what they are missing.