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THREE TEAMS WHO SHOULD OFFER THEIR FIRST-ROUND PICK FOR JAMAL ADAMS - Kyle Crabbs

NO. 28: BALTIMORE RAVENS

This is a bit more of an off the wall proposition, but the Ravens should absolutely, positively make a play for Adams. He would be paired with free safety Earl Thomas on the back end of Baltimore’s defense. This isn’t to say Chuck Clark is a bad football player. But the way the NFL is currently trending plays favorably to more three-safety sets. The Ravens’ losses at linebacker would be greatly mitigated on passing downs by the presence of Adams, who can roll down into the box and make an impact in a slew of ways leaving Thomas to lurk in single-high coverage.

Who will Baltimore draft at No. 28 that is a better player than the 24-year-old Adams? Make the call, Ravens.

Top 150 prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft class - Daniel Jeremiah

46. Denzel Mims, WR

Mims is a tall, rangy wideout with exceptional burst and body control. He uses his quickness and burst to escape press coverage, excelling on vertical routes down the field. He tracks the ball naturally and wins a bunch of 50/50 balls. He will need some time to develop as a complete route runner. He simply wasn’t asked to run a large variety of routes in Baylor’s offense. After the catch, he is slippery and elusive, but he isn’t going to break many tackles. Overall, Mims is a big-play generator on the outside and has all of the tools to develop into a complete receiver.

48. Michael Pittman Jr., WR

Pittman is a tall, muscular wideout who had excellent production for the Trojans. He lines up out wide and he uses his upper-body strength to power through press coverage. He builds speed as he goes and he is a jump-ball specialist down the field. He high points the ball consistently and big brothers opposing cornerbacks routinely. He doesn’t have elite speed, but he’s very efficient getting in and out of breaks for such a big receiver. He is at his best after the catch, when his competitiveness and strength form a winning combination. He refuses to go down on first contact. Pittman has earned a reputation as one of the best special teams players in the country for his ability to cover and block punts. Overall, Pittman reminds me a lot of current Charger Mike Williams, and he can make an impact on all four downs because of his special teams value.

51. Jordan Brooks, LB

54. Logan Wilson, LB

62. Willie Gay, LB

76. Malik Harrison, LB

95. Akeem Davis-Gaither, LB

98. Davion Taylor, LB

111. Shaquille Quarterman, LB

2020 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings: Top 255 Big Board 3.0 - Kevin Hanson

50. Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame (JR, 6’ 6”, 262 pounds)

A two-sport athlete (with baseball) at Notre Dame, Kmet initially planned to return to South Bend, but he could be the TE1 in a relatively weak class. Kmet has reliable hands, runs good routes and tested well at the combine.

103. Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue (rSR, 6’ 4”, 245 pounds)

111. Harrison Bryant, TE, Florida Atlantic (SR, 6’ 5”, 243 pounds)

117. Hunter Bryant, TE, Washington (JR, 6’ 2”, 248 pounds)

118. Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri (rJR, 6’ 6”, 258 pounds)

132. Thaddeus Moss, TE, LSU (rJR, 6’ 2”, 250 pounds)

133. Devin Asiasi, TE, UCLA (rJR, 6’ 3”, 257 pounds)

162. Colby Parkinson, TE, Stanford (JR, 6’ 7”, 252 pounds)

191. Jared Pinkney, TE, Vanderbilt (rSR, 6’ 4”, 257 pounds)

218. Josiah Deguara, TE, Cincinnati (rSR, 6’ 2”, 242 pounds)

219. Dalton Keene, TE, Virginia Tech (JR, 6’ 4”, 253 pounds)

246. Stephen Sullivan, TE, LSU (SR, 6’ 5”, 248 pounds)

247. Cheyenne O’Grady, TE, Arkansas (rSR, 6’ 4”, 253 pounds)

Seven-round 2020 NFL Mock Draft: 255 picks, 18 trades, full breakdowns for all 32 teams - R.J. White

Baltimore Ravens

The name of the game for the Ravens in this draft is versatility on the defensive side of the ball and that starts at No. 28 with Zack Baun. He has immense upside as an edge rusher but also the profile to handle anything you throw at him in linebacker duties. He can play on the other side of Matt Judon for now and potentially take over the top edge role for the Ravens if Judon isn’t retained long-term.

With the depth at receiver pushing some intriguing options to the middle of Round 2, the Ravens spend a fourth-round pick to move up five spots for [Laviska] Shenault, who gives the passing game another dimension and makes the Lamar Jackson offense even harder to defend. Their other second-rounder is spent on another versatile defender in Kyle Dugger, the small-school safety who could be a dangerous weapon as a linebacker. Having both him and Baun gives Baltimore options. [Damien] Lewis isn’t going to replace Marshal Yanda (who will?) but he’s an excellent run blocker.

Rather than use their third-round pick at the end of Day 2, the Ravens trade back for a fourth and a fifth, then use the former on an underrated edge rusher in Alex Highsmith after taking another highly productive but underrated edge rusher in Jaylon Ferguson last year. Next up is a sleeper on the interior of the defensive line in [McTelvin] Agim, who is only going to get better with experience. [Alton] Robinson is another Ravens-type edge rusher to add to the fold, giving the team plenty of depth and talent to develop into their next crop of front seven stars. [Cameron] Clark has a chance to develop as a starter inside at the next level, while [DeeJay] Dallas should make an impact on special teams out the gate.