Five Things to Know About Derek Wolfe - Clifton Brown
He’s coming off a career-high seven sacks in 2019.
Wolfe flourished last season under first-year Denver Broncos Head Coach Vic Fangio, who gave Wolfe the green light to get after quarterbacks while remaining an effective run stopper. Wolfe previously did a lot of setting up teammates for sacks, but Fangio schemed him to get open on stunts more often last year. Playing just 12 games, Wolfe had more sacks than any Raven last year except Matthew Judon, who led Baltimore with 9.5. Wolfe is a complete defensive end who can make a key tackle on third-and-1, or a key sack on third-and-9.
Wolfe should love playing for Ravens Defensive Coordinator Wink Martindale, another creative defensive mind who welcomes input from veteran players.
Ravens trade No. 28 overall (Round 1) to Dolphins for No. 18 overall (Round 1)
Last year, the lone trade among the first 16 selections of the draft was Pittsburgh’s move to secure the services of linebacker Devin Bush. Perhaps the division-rival Ravens will make a similar move to land a new leader for the middle of the defense in former Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray. They might have to get ahead of the Raiders’ second selection (No. 19 overall) or go even higher to land Murray, though.
One potential alternative would be for the Ravens to move in front of the Patriots (No. 23) to select Patrick Queen, another beast at middle linebacker in this draft class. They’ll have to give up the 28th pick, a 2021 second-round selection and a middle-rounder this year to get Murray, but they might be able to land Queen by trading with Jacksonville at 20, Philadelphia at 21 or Minnesota at 22 for a lower price.
JOSIAH DEGUARA, CINCINNATI
H-backs are often responsible for doing the dirty work as a lead blocker in the run game or staying in as an additional blocker on passing downs and Josiah Deguara wouldn’t mind doing it all. After studying his game, he loves every bit of any role he’s asked to fulfill on the field. Deguara executes with a fierce, competitive demeanor and gives maximum effort on every rep. While he doesn’t provide the biggest frame with ideal length, his mentality as a competitor leads to success.
DALTON KEENE, VIRGINIA TECH
Keene is a tenacious competitor that executes with a motor that is always fully cranked. He gets after it as a blocker and battles for yardage after the catch with his share of broken tackles on film. While he hasn’t been tasked with a full route tree, Keene has good separation quickness and the athleticism to run away from linebackers.
Three-round 2020 NFL Mock Draft: Dolphins, Patriots, Bucs, Browns trade up to address key needs - Ryan Wilson
Round 1 - Pick 28
OKLAHOMA • JR • 6’3” / 241 LBS
Round 2 - Pick 23 (55)
Josh Uche EDGE
MICHIGAN • SR • 6’1” / 245 LBS
Matt Judon was franchised but Baltimore could always use another explosive pass rusher.
Round 2 - Pick 28 (60)
USC • SR • 6’4” / 223 LBS
The run game is the NFL’s best and as Lamar Jackson continues to improve as a passer he’ll need downfield weapons.
Round 3 - Pick 28 (92)
MEMPHIS • SR • 6’0” / 228 LBS
Gibson caught 38 passes last season but he also had 33 rushing attempts. He was used primarily as a RB at the Senior Bowl and he blazed a sub-4.4 40 at the combine.
Round 3 - Pick 42 (106)
Adam Trautman TE
DAYTON • SR • 6’5” / 255 LBS
Baltimore shipped Hayden Hurst to Atlanta and replace him with the highly productive tight end out of Dayton.