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Ravens plan for the perfect 2021 NFL Draft: Finding an elite receiver and edge rusher critical for Baltimore - Tyler Sullivan

Add a dynamic receiver for Lamar Jackson

While the club does have some solid weapons for Jackson — tight end Mark Andrews, running back J.K. Dobbins, and receiver Marquise Brown — the Ravens are still lacking that dynamic weapon that can take the passing attack up a notch.

That said, they could be in the mix for that second-tier of receivers either with that first-round pick or somewhere on Day 2. That’s where Purdue’s Rondale Moore, Elijah Moore out of Ole Miss, and Minnesota’s Rashod Bateman are all projected to come off the board.

Personally, Moore would be a fascinating pairing in the Ravens system and would immediately add some playmaking ability to this offense. Whoever the pick is, however, they need to have a Dobbins-like impact in 2021.

Add depth along the offensive line

With those situations in mind, adding a tackle at some point in the draft could be a strong route to take for Baltimore. However, that’s not their only need along the O-line as they also need to add a center. If they come out of the draft with high upside tackle depth and someone who can start at center to solidify the offensive line, the Ravens brass should be happy.

Quinn Meinerz, C, UWW – NFL Draft Player Profile - Matt Valdovinos

Positives: Dominant small-school blocker who has been on the rise since January. Built low to the ground, bends his knees and blocks with leverage. Explosive at the point, strong and dominates opponents or controls them at the point. Gets movement run blocking and seals defenders from the action or engulfs them altogether.

Keeps his feet moving, works his hands, and blocks with a nasty attitude. Shows the ability to adjust and pick up blitzes or speed rushers. Keeps his head on a swivel and is smart as well as tough.

Negatives: Top-heavy. Not overly effective in motion. Not a true zone-blocking lineman.

Analysis: Meinerz was a dominant small-school blocker who took it to another level at the Senior Bowl and dominated every day of practice. He’s a true power gap lineman who can line up at guard or center, and Meinerz comes with a large upside. He’s a determined prospect who I believe will be starting in the NFL by the end of his rookie season.

2021 NFL Draft: 4 players who could be surprising first-round selections - Ben Linsey

WR DYAMI BROWN, NORTH CAROLINA

PFF Big Board rank: 46

This wide receiver class is deep, but many of the players expected to go in the Day 2 range fall into the slot receiver category. That could lead to a situation where a team selecting in the back end of the first round reaches on Brown, one of the later-round prospects who can play both inside and outside.

Brown ran a simplistic vertical route tree at North Carolina and was used almost exclusively as a deep threat — his average depth of target topped 17 yards in both 2019 and 2020.

That doesn’t mean he will be pigeonholed into a vertical role in the NFL. Brown’s bottom line from PFF’s lead draft analyst Mike Renner in the PFF Draft Guide reads, “I wouldn’t worry too much about Brown’s limited route tree. He showed everything needed to be a complete route-runner in the NFL.”

The physicality and suddenness are there.

Several teams are on the hunt for a viable starting wide receiver option outside late in the first round, making Brown a sneaky candidate to come off the board earlier than most expect.

Potential landing spots: Pick No. 27 (Baltimore), Pick No. 28 (New Orleans), Pick No. 29 (Green Bay)

Playmaker Score 2021 - Nathan Forster

Terrace Marshall Jr., LSU Tigers

Playmaker Projection: 513 Yards/Season

Scouts Inc.: No. 34 Overall

Similar Historical Prospects: Dexter McCluster, Justin Hunter

Terrace Marshall is a similar prospect to Waddle. He played for a big-time college program but lacks a history of sustained production. Marshall had decent production on a per-game basis as a junior but missed three games.

Rashod Bateman, Minnesota Golden Gophers

Playmaker Projection: 498 Yards/Season

Scouts Inc.: No. 42 Overall

Similar Historical Prospects: Sidney Rice, Keenan Allen

Rashod Bateman benefits from Playmaker’s use of the player’s peak season rather than his most recent. Bateman was not tremendous in the weird 2020 season, when he played in five of Minnesota’s seven games. However, he was great in 2019, recording 1,219 receiving yards and 11 receiving touchdowns on a team that only passed 323 times.

2021 NFL Draft: Draft “needs” should focus on 2022 after the first two rounds - Brad Spielberger

2022 TEAM NEEDS: DI

BALTIMORE RAVENS

The Ravens drafted Justin Madubuike in the third round in 2020, and he had a strong rookie campaign with a 72.1 overall grade, albeit on just 259 snaps. He figures to take another step in 2021, but Baltimore still needs to find eventual replacements for Calais Campbell and Brandon Williams, who are both headed to free agency after 2021 at 35 and 32 years old, respectively.

Players to target: Florida State DI Marvin Wilson, Louisiana Tech DI Milton Williams, LSU DI Tyler Shelvin, Ohio State DI Tommy Togiai, Iowa DI Daviyon Nixon, USC DI Jay Tufele, Texas A&M DI Bobby Brown III, USC DI Marlon Tuipulotu, BYU DI Khyiris Tonga, Arkansas DI Jonathan Marshall

2021 NFL mock draft 2.0: Washington trades up for QB Trey Lance - Charlie Casserly

Pick 27

Baltimore Ravens

Joe Tryon

Washington · Edge

Tryon has a high motor with a lot of quickness, and I expect he would’ve gone higher had he not opted out last season.