Free agency has been eventful for the Baltimore Ravens. Calais Campbell was acquired from the Jaguars in a trade. Hayden Hurst was traded to the Atlanta Falcons. Then, Derek Wolfe was signed after the Michael Brockers deal fell through.
The Ravens have talent all over the roster. However, there are some needs that they will need to address on draft night. Marshal Yanda, Josh Bynes, Michael Pierce, Patrick Onwuasor, Seth Roberts, Brandon Carr, Chris Wormley, and Tony Jefferson are among the players who have departed. The front office is well equipped to handle those needs as they are armed with nine draft picks including two picks each in the second, third, and fourth rounds.
Todd McShay of ESPN recently released a new two-round mock draft. Let's break it down.
28. Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU
We’ve all been handing either Queen or Murray to Baltimore in this spot, and if either were available, one would still be the pick. But with no inside linebackers on the board within range, I’m instead turning my attention to the defensive front. Trading for Calais Campbell and bringing Matthew Judon back on the franchise tag do wonders for the edge rush, and new signee Derek Wolfe helps the interior a bit, but Blacklock’s quick hands and burst fit what the Ravens want up the middle.
This pick makes sense with the way the board landed. As McShay stated, Patrick Queen and Kenneth Murray were both off the board. Justin Jefferson and Brandon Aiyuk were also not available.
Defensive tackle is a sudden need after the Brockers deal fell through and Pierce signed with the Minnesota Vikings.
Ross Blacklock is a quick and versatile defensive lineman, who would fit well within the Ravens system. He is a solid value at pick 28.
55. Netane Muti, G, Fresno State
The Ravens need to make sure 2019 MVP Lamar Jackson is well-protected. The Ravens still have to fill Marshal Yanda’s spot at guard, and Muti is my top-ranked one in the class.
Here, the Ravens get the best guard in the draft at pick 55. Netane Muti is a tenacious run-blocker and has good quickness and athleticism for his size. Durability is a concern. He has played in only five games in the past two seasons.
Nevertheless, he would fit in well in Baltimore's run-heavy offense and fills a pressing roster need.
60. Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas
Marquise Brown broke big plays for Baltimore last season, and Mark Andrews is a reliable target, but the Ravens could use another possession receiver for Lamar Jackson. Duvernay caught 106 passes last season for Texas.
I love this pick. Devin Duvernay is a very underrated prospect. He has arguably the best hands in the draft.
Devin Duvernay has the lowest dropped pass % of any power-five WR in the past two seasons. pic.twitter.com/1ZpsQAoS7d— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) February 14, 2020
In addition, he recorded a 40-yard dash time of 4.39 seconds at the NFL combine.
Duvernay's production at Texas was exceptional. He had 106 receptions for 1,386 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. That included 719 yards after the catch, which leads the entire draft class.
He would immediately give the Ravens another weapon on offense.