The Ravens elected to use both of their first-round picks in Day 1 of the 2021 NFL Draft last night. Rashod Bateman is already a fan favorite, and the promise that Odafe Owah shows is exciting for many, as well. The Ravens front office was getting a lot of praise last night and it seems that Pro Football Focus has hopped onto the hype train, as well.
In PFF’s 6 Best Biggest Steals of the Draft, both Bateman and Oweh made it on the list. PFF had mid-round grades on both players, so snagging both in the last six picks of the first-round is a huge win in the eyes of the analytics.
“The new Ravens wideout may not be an all-around top-tier athlete, but he has route-running chops, release package and safe hands. He also offers a lot after the catch and has proven inside-outside versatility. Put simply, the Minnesota product has one of the highest floors in the entire class.” -PFF’s Anthony Treash (@PFF_Anthony)
“The Penn State product is one of the freakiest athletes you will ever see on a football field. He stands at 6-foot-5 and weighs 257 pounds and posted a 40-inch vertical, 134-inch broad jump, 4.39-second 40-yard dash, 4.15-second pro agility and 6.84-second three-cone at Penn State’s pro day. Each of those marks ranks at or above the 95th percentile among edge defenders historically. It matches everything he showed on tape...
Oweh is only scratching the surface of what he can become and is also a fantastic fit for Wink Martindale’s defense. This blitz-heavy scheme is going to utilize Oweh’s athleticism, and the Ravens will reap the rewards.” -PFF’s Anthony Treash (@PFF_Anthony)
Bateman was PFF’s fourth ranked wide receiver and ended up being the fifth taken (only Kadarius Toney was picked higher, but ranked lower). Oweh, on the other hand, was PFF’s second ranked Edge Defender but the fifth taken (Kwity Paye, Jaelan Phillips, Gregory Rousseau, Payton Turner).