Through the first three rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens have selected a trio of possible Week 1 starters in Rashod Bateman, Odafe Oweh and Ben Cleveland, along with intriguing defensive back Brandon Stephens. Eric DeCosta enters Day 3 with a pair of fourth and fifth round selections, plus a sixth round pick. With relatively few roster spots up for grabs, expect the front office to draft a couple prospects who fill their remaining immediate positional needs before adding players who provide succession options behind their potential 2022 free agent departures.
Offensive tackle is currently the neediest position on the roster. If Baltimore signs a veteran to serve as the starting right tackle in the coming days, the depth chart will still require a backup swing tackle. The top remaining tackles are Florida product Stone Forsythe, Dante Smith of ECU, Texas A&M’s Dan Moore Jr., Jaylon Moore of Western Michigan, Miami of Ohio’s Tommy Doyle, Iowa’s Alaric Jackson and Larnel Coleman of UMass.
After acquiring Bateman, Sammy Watkins and Josh Oliver this offseason, the Ravens are well stocked at pass catcher. Nonetheless, picking another receiver with high upside may be worthwhile. High ceiling wideouts include FSU’s Tamorrion Terry, Stanford’s Simi Fehoko, Iowa’s Ihmir Smith-Marsette and Illinois’ Josh Imatorbhebhe. Brevin Jordan of Miami, Mississippi’s Kenny Yeboah and UCF’s Jacob Harris would bring additional competition to the tight end room.
On the defensive side of the ball, finding another down lineman remains a priority. Only five defensive tackles were selected in the first three rounds, leaving Iowa’s Dayvion Nixon, FSU’s Marvin Wilson and Arkansas’ Jonathan Marshall available. Day 3 offers several quality nose tackles, such as Texas A&M’s Bobby Brown, LSU’s Tyler Shelvin, BYU’s Khyiris Tonga, Florida’s Tedarrell Slaton and Quinton Bohanna of Kentucky.
If Baltimore adds another edge defender on Day 3, the front office could avoid spending cap space to sign a veteran stopgap. Virginia’s Charles Snowden, UAB’s Jordan Smith, FSU’s Joshua Kaindoh and Janarius Robinson, Baylor’s William Bradley-King, Ade Ogundeji of Notre Dame and Northern Iowa’s Elerson Smith are the most appealing outside linebackers remaining on the board.
And finally, expect the Ravens to pick another defensive back before the 2021 draft concludes. Five prospects with slot cornerback ability are Texas Tech’s Zech McPhearson, Oklahoma’s Tre Brown, Georgia’s D.J. Daniel, Michigan State’s Shakur Brown and LSU’s Kary Vincent Jr.. Safety could be addressed with Indiana’s Jamar Johnson, FSU’s Hamsah Nasirildeen, Missouri’s Tyree Gillespie, Cincinnati’s James Wiggins and Darrick Forrest, Syracuse’s Trill Williams or Auburn’s Jamien Sherwood.
Day 3 is an opportunity for the Ravens scouting department to shine. Drafting a few prospects that develop into valuable contributors is an important element of Baltimore’s championship contention sustainability formula.