With pick No. 28 in the books, the Baltimore Ravens now look ahead to picks No. 55 and No. 60 in Round 2 on Friday evening.
Taking Patrick Queen in the first round will likely mean the Ravens turn toward the offense in the second round. Cesar Ruiz was the best interior line option in Round 1, and he was gone before pick No. 28. And the trio of Henry Ruggs III, Jerry Jeudy and Ceedee Lamb were off the board well in advance of the Ravens pick, as expected. That said, the Ravens could use picks 55 and 60 to target those positions. This is no guarantee, as the Ravens will strongly consider the best players available no matter the circumstances.
In preparation for tonight, here’s a primer on who some of the experts see as fits in Baltimore.
Mel Kiper: Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
Of course, Jalen Reagor is not an option at pick 55 tonight. Reagor was selected 21st overall by the Philadelphia Eagles to infuse talent into a struggling wide receiver core. Kiper does have high grades Michael Pittman, Jr. from USC, Tee Higgins from Clemson, and Denzel Mims from Baylor. Should these options be available, the Ravens may choose to land a wide receiver with pick 55.
Todd McShay: 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.”
Ryan Mink: WR KJ Hamler, Penn State
“The notion that the Ravens need a big-bodied wide receiver outside is flawed. They traded up to use a third-round pick on Miles Boykin last year, and they want to see what he’s got. Just imagine another speed merchant in the slot (or outside for that matter) to go along with Marquise Brown. The Chiefs built a track team around Patrick Mahomes. In an offense that runs more than anybody else, the Ravens benefit most from big-play, low-volume wide receivers. Plus, Hamler could be a spark in the return game.”
Mel Kiper: Matt Hennessy, C, Temple
“With Marshal Yanda retiring, the Ravens will have an open competition for his vacant right guard spot, and Ben Powers, R.J. Prince and Patrick Mekari are expected to be involved. Hennessy, a three-year starter at center for the Owls, could win that job. The Ravens want to run the ball — they set the NFL single-season record with 3,296 rushing yards in 2019 — so they need to find a road grader to replace Yanda and keep their offense rolling.”
Todd McShay: 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.”
Ryan Mink: G/T Robert Hunt, Louisiana-Lafayette
“The Ravens want a road grader in the trenches and the athletic 6-foot-5, 323-pound Hunt would do the trick. He was a right tackle the past two seasons (left tackle and left guard before that), but projects well at right guard as a replacement to Marshal Yanda. The Ravens like moving college tackles inside (see Kelechi Osemele in 2012, who was also a second-round pick).”
Hamler and Hunt would be exciting acquisitions as they both fill needs on offense and would provide good value at these picks.
That said, we’ll all be watching two things closely tonight: (1) who’s falling? A.J. Epenesa fell out of the first round, and Terrell Lewis may be available in these spots, as well. Would Eric DeCosta continue to draft defense if the value was there? (2) Will a trade get the Ravens the talent they want in the second and third round? Perhaps, they will use the draft capital to select a specific player before another team, but at what cost?