“The reason that I like [Bateman] is that you are going to grade guys off of their 2019 film,” Conor Orr said on Glenn Clark Radio April 16. “I don’t think you are going to do a ton of grading off of 2020, and in 2019 he was arguably one of the top four receivers in the country, maybe even a top-three receiver. He was totally dominant.”
“He can hang on the outside,” Orr said. “He can beat up cornerbacks. He can win the tough balls. He is a complete wide receiver. All these things are reasons why some teams might not pick him, but if I’m sitting in the chair it doesn’t bother me. Everything is there on the tape.”
“If you are Baltimore, you have to make a decision about how much are you going to push Lamar Jackson to start throwing more to outside the numbers,” Orr said. “Or how much are we going to be like the Panthers in 2015 in realizing what his strengths and weakness are and building around it.”
“What the Ravens do need is a legitimate downfield, big-bodied target,” Orr said, “and Bateman is going to fill that spot, whereas [Rondale] Moore isn’t going to help you as much.”
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27. Baltimore Ravens: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
The Ravens were primed to regress from their awesome 2019 offense that was fueled by Lamar Jackson taking the team to new heights with both his legs and his arm. One thing that was missing from the 2020 edition of their offense was a go-to X-receiver. Minnesota’s Rashod Bateman would add that capability for Lamar Jackson, providing him with a receiving outlet other than Mark Andrews as 2019 first-round selection Marquise Brown has underwhelmed in his first two NFL seasons.
31. Baltimore Ravens (from Kansas City): Asante Samuel, CB, Florida State
Similar to Jaycee Horn, who I mocked to the Patriots, Florida State’s Asante Samuel is the son of a former NFL great. I will once again repeat the Andrew Berry mantra: “You can never have enough corners.” This still applies!
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Round 1 - Pick 27
The Ravens need offensive tackle and receiver, but we know their GM Eric DeCosta isn’t opposed to letting the draft come to him, and the Ravens adore big, versatile defensive linemen.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Can’t go completely off the grid for both Ravens selections in the first round, but no one has Leatherwood pegged as a prospect who’ll go this high.
Georgia · Edge
Replacing Matt Judon with an explosive pass rusher possessing A+ athleticism tops GM Eric DeCosta’s to-do list.
Oklahoma State · OT
The recent trade of Orlando Browns makes offensive tackle a top priority for the Ravens. Jenkins is an athletic big body with the length to stymie pass rushers off the edge.
27. Edge Jayson Oweh, Penn State
The Ravens grab a spectacular athlete in Jayson Oweh, who generated good-not-great PFF grades in college. This perfectly fits the mold of the type of player they have coveted on defense in recent seasons.
31. OT Samuel Cosmi, Texas
Baltimore looks to replace the recently traded Orlando Brown with an early draft pick. Brown has been a good right tackle for the Ravens, and moving him had more to do with the fact he wants to play left tackle and therefore was unlikely to sign a long-term contract in Baltimore. Cosmi could come in and start on the right side of the line right away, giving the Ravens the kind of stability they covet at tackle.
94. WR Nico Collins, Michigan
104. WR Dax Milne, BYU
131. LB Chazz Surratt, North Carolina
136. Edge Shaka Toney, Penn State
171. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
184. HB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
210. TE Noah Gray, Duke
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27. CARLOS BASHAM JR.
EDGE RUSHER WAKE FOREST
BIG, BURLY EDGE DEFENDER who’s tenacious against the run and consistently creates disruption against the pass; could play multiple spots on the defensive line.
Basham just feels like a Ravens defensive lineman to me: He’s big, physical, super athletic and versatile. Baltimore needs to get younger and a bit more explosive in the defensive trenches, and Basham could help solve that problem.
31. ALEX LEATHERWOOD
RUGGED, BATTLE-HARDENED OFFENSIVE LINEMAN with ideal size, excellent power, and positional versatility.
After dealing right tackle Orlando Brown Jr. to the Chiefs on Friday, the Ravens will reportedly sign former Steelers tackle Alejandro Villanueva to take his place. That shouldn’t stop this always-run-heavy, smashmouth team from further investing in the offensive line. Leatherwood could be a long-term answer at either guard or tackle.