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Ravens News 1/25: Mock Drafts and more

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Ravens Hire Anthony Weaver as Run Game Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach - Ryan Mink

Baltimore has hired Weaver, who the Ravens drafted in the second round in 2002 and played four seasons at defensive end in Baltimore, to be its new Run Game Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach.

Weaver replaces Joe Cullen, who has been reportedly hired as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ defensive coordinator.

Weaver was a defensive coordinator for the first time in 2020 with the Houston Texans. He coached in Houston for five seasons.

“Anthony is highly regarded throughout the NFL,” Head Coach John Harbaugh stated. “As a former Ravens draft pick who made significant contributions while playing here, he understands the culture of our organization and the standard to which Baltimore defense is held.”

He spent the previous eight years as an NFL defensive line coach with the New York Jets (2012), Buffalo Bills (2013), Cleveland Browns (2014-2015) and Texans (2016-2019).

“Coach Weaver has put together a mindset that is an attacking-type style. On third down especially, they give you every kind of look, every kind of blitz, the coverages behind it are very impressive. They move J.J. Watt around a lot so you can see he’s thinking about matchups all the time,” Harbaugh said.

“We wouldn’t expect anything less. He’s a very well-respected coach in the league. He also believes in fundamentally sound defense, and guys who play fast. Those are things we’d expect from a former Raven, of course, and he’s doing a great job.”

Baltimore Ravens sign former Steelers wide receiver to futures contract - Aaron Kasinitz

The Baltimore Ravens on Friday announced they signed wide receiver Deon Cain to a reserve/futures contract, adding another pass catcher to their offseason roster.

A former top recruit at Clemson, Cain arrived in the NFL as a sixth-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 2018. He made four catches over seven games for the Colts in 2019 before the team released him, and the Steelers swooped in to sign the 6-foot-2, 202-pound receiver.

The Ravens have drafted four receivers the past two years, but their production in the passing game sagged in 2020. Cain can hope his size and strength might help him stand out in the push for a job when training camp arrives this summer.

5 PLAYERS WITH MOST TO GAIN AT 2021 SENIOR BOWL - Trevor Sikkema

PATRICK JONES II, EDGE, PITTSBURGH

We know that the NFL draft consistently prioritizes three positions above all others: passers, pass protectors, and pass rushers. We have the top tier passers that the league can select this year, and we even have guys like Penei Sewell and Rashawn Slater championing the offensive tackle class. But in terms of pass rushers, there aren’t those “can’t-miss” guys at the top. Guys like Kwity Paye and Gregory Rousseau are the names we see the most at the top of the edge rushing class with players like Joseph Ossai and Azeez Ojulari getting first-round buzz, too. But there’s no doubt people are still searching this edge class to find their favorite.

Jones is an easy edge rusher to love. His motor runs hot at all times, he can be really explosive out of his stance, and he’s got some nice bend to his game as a speed rusher. He led the country in sacks for most of the season and finished with nine, along with 12.5 tackles for loss. He has the potential to give you some eye-popping reps in Mobile.

4-Round 2021 NFL Mock Draft - Oliver Hodgkinson

27) Baltimore Ravens: Jayson Oweh, EDGE Penn State

The mid-season addition of Dez Bryant to the wide receiver room demonstrates how important adding weapons for Lamar Jackson will be in the 2021 NFL Draft. However, the greatest gain to the offense could come from finding a replacement for the retired Marshall Yanda as the offensive line has struggled at times this year. Despite adding Yannick Ngakoue during this season, expect the Baltimore Ravens to add further pass-rush presence at some point in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Although relatively inexperienced due to spending time behind Yetur Gross-Matos on the Penn State defensive line, Jayson Oweh has incredible physical attributes that could help drive his stock in this 2021 NFL Draft class. A speed rusher with an explosive first step, Oweh has a long way to go in his development but shows incredible promise.

58) Baltimore Ravens: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR Southern California

124) Baltimore Ravens: Chuba Hubbard, RB Oklahoma State

2021 NFL Mock Draft - Charlie Campbell

27. Baltimore Ravens: Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse

The Ravens could use a replacement for Earl Thomas.

Cisco recorded one interception and 11 tackles in 2020 prior to a season-ending injury suffered in a pre-game collision. Over his first two seasons in college football, Cisco (6-0, 203) was a pure ball hawk for Syracuse. In 2019, he recorded 65 tackles with five interceptions and five passes broken up. Cisco had a huge 2018 season with seven interceptions, 18 passes broken up, one forced fumble and 60 tackles.

2021 NFL mock draft 1.0: Justin Fields to Lions; plus, a trade! - Daniel Jeremiah

Pick 27

Baltimore Ravens

Azeez Ojulari · Edge rusher

School: Georgia | Year: Sophomore (RS)

Ojulari is a tough evaluation. He’s a little undersized, but he plays with excellent leverage and strength. The Ravens will love his energy and passion.