Masterful general manager Eric DeCosta filled Baltimore’s most immediate positional need with talented LSU inside linebacker Patrick Queen in the first round. Armed with four valuable Day 2 picks, the Ravens can now flesh out the rest of their depth chart with instant impact prospects in the second and third rounds.
#55 Robert Hunt, OL, Louisiana-Lafayette
After seven offensive lineman were selected in the first round, there is no guarantee that Hunt will be available at 55. If he is, the Ravens should pounce. A handful of intriguing interior blockers remain on the board, but none offer the positional versatility of Hunt.
A brawny blocker with experience starting at left tackle, left guard and right tackle, Hunt could compete for the Ravens vacated right guard spot. His best attributes are his powerful hands, lateral quickness, balance and workmanlike play style. With improved technique under the tutelage of Baltimore line coach Joe D’Alessandris, Hunt could develop into a Pro Bowl performer.
#60 Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
The Ravens added a pair of promising receivers in the 2019 draft, but they still need depth in case of injury. Six receivers were picked in the first round this cycle. Still, the depth of this class is exceptional. Denzel Mims. Michael Pittman Jr. and Tee Higgins may be selected in the top half of the second round, perhaps allowing Shenault to slide to #60 due to durability concerns.
Laviska is the definition of a playmaker. His combination of strong hands, deep ball ability and violent run-after-the-catch tackle breaking make Shenault a player worth scheming touches for. While not a refined route runner, he has the frame to excel as a blocker. The addition of Shenault could take the Ravens passing offense to another level.
#92 Darrell Taylor, OLB, Tennessee
Somewhat surprisingly, only two edge defenders came off the board on Thursday night. Well regarded prospects such as A.J. Epenesa, Yetur Gross-Matos, Julian Okwara, Josh Uche and Terrell Lewis might be scooped up before the Ravens turn arrives in the third round. Nonetheless, landing Taylor at #92 would represent solid value.
With only one outside linebacker under contract following the coming season, the Ravens need to develop a succession plan through the draft. Taylor fits their mold as a big, powerful Matthew Judon-esque edge setter. While not a natural pass rusher, Darrell flashes burst, bend and a knack for strip-sacks. After development, he should become a capable two-way outside linebacker for Baltimore’s aggressive defense.
#106 Terrell Burgess, S, Utah
Safety is an underrated need for the Ravens after Brandon Carr’s departure. Several versatile defensive backs will return, including Chuck Clark, Earl Thomas III, Jimmy Smith and DeShon Elliott. Nonetheless, adding another player with the instincts to play deep would benefit Baltimore’s potent dime package.
Burgess was a productive safety for Utah’s loaded defense last season. A former corner, he could also serve as the backup slot man in case Tavon Young’s injury lingers. Intelligence, quick feet, recovery speed and special teams prowess are Burgess’ main strengths.
If Baltimore manages to add an interior lineman, wideout, outside ‘backer and free safety on Day 2, they will enter the 2020 season with perhaps their most complete roster in team history.