The Ravens addressed possibly their biggest need in the first round of the draft by selecting LB Patrick Queen out of LSU with the 28th overall pick. Edge rusher, interior offensive line, and wide receiver represent the team’s biggest remaining needs and will most likely be addressed on Day 2 in the second and third round.
Baltimore currently owns picks No. 55, No. 60, No. 92, and No. 106 on Day 2. Below are some potential players the Ravens could select at these positions of need.
The best remaining edge rushers are Iowa’s A.J. Epenesa and Penn State’s Yetur Gross-Matos. Both players were projected as first rounders, so Baltimore would most likely have to trade up in the second round to have a shot at grabbing one of them. Edge rushers who could potentially be on the board at picks No. 55 and No. 60 include Boise State’s Curtis Weaver, Notre Dame’s Julian Okwara, Alabama’s Terrell Lewis, and Michigan’s Josh Uche.
Lewis is the wild card of the bunch with reported concerns surrounding his health. Wisconsin’s Zack Baun is another option, but many question his ability to play the edge at the NFL level and project him more as an off-ball linebacker. Baun could fit as a potential SAM linebacker in “Wink” Martindale’s 3-4 scheme. Utah’s Bradlee Anae, Tennessee’s Darrell Taylor, Florida’s Jabari Zuniga and Jonathan Greenard, and Alabama’s Anfernee Jennings are all names to watch out for as well.
Interior Offensive Lineman:
Michigan C Cesar Ruiz was the only interior offensive lineman selected in the first round, leaving several quality options for the Ravens in the second round. The top remaining options include LSU’s Lloyd Cushenberry and Damien Lewis, Louisiana’s Robert Hunt, Ohio State’s Jonah Jackson, Wisconsin’s Tyler Biadasz, and Temple’s Matt Hennessy, to name a few.
Fresno State’s Netane Muti is a bit of a question mark at the moment due to medical concerns. When on the field, however, Muti is a mauler who would be worthy of a Day 2 selection. Michigan’s Ben Bredeson, St. John’s Ben Bartch, Kentucky’s Logan Stenberg, Clemson’s John Simpson, Georgia’s Solomon Kindley, San Diego State’s Keith Ismael, and Washington’s Nick Harris are some of the names that could be called a little later on Day 2 or Day 3.
Despite six wide receivers coming off the board in the first round, plenty of starting-caliber options remain at the position for Baltimore. The best remaining include Baylor’s Denzel Mims, USC’s Michael Pittman Jr., Clemson’s Tee Higgins, Colorado’s Laviska Shenault Jr., and Penn State’s K.J. Hamler.
Mims, Pittman Jr., and Higgins all fit the big-bodied X receiver build that the Ravens could use to pair with Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, while Shenault is a monster after the catch and Hamler is another small speed threat similar to Brown. South Carolina’s Bryan Edwards, Notre Dame’s Chase Claypool, Texas’ Devin Duvernay and Colin Johnson, Ohio State’s K.J. Hill, and Florida’s Van Jefferson are other players to keep in mind.
Despite adding Calais Campell and Derek Wolfe this offseason, Baltimore could benefit from adding another defensive linemen, especially giving the age of the current three starters. Some nice options should be available when the Ravens pick in the second round. The best remaining defensive linemen include TCU’s Ross Blacklock, Texas A&M’s Justin Madubuike, Oklahoma’s Neville Gallimore, Auburn’s Marlon Davidson, Missouri’s Jordan Elliott, and Alabama’s Raekwon Davis.
Although safety isn’t particularly an immediate need, adding one on Day 2 is still a possibility for the long-term outlook of the position. No safeties were selected in the first round. Alabama’s Xavier McKinney, LSU’s Grant Delpit, and Minnesota’s Antoine Winfield Jr. should all hear their names called pretty quickly in the second round, but players such as Jeremy Chinn of Southern Illinois, Kyle Dugger of Lenoir-Rhyne, Ashtyn Davis of California, and Terrell Burgess of Utah could be potential options at picks No. 55 and No. 60.