The Baltimore Ravens won a second straight AFC North title in 2019 behind quarterback Lamar Jackson’s MVP Season. However, they fell short in their first playoff game and were upset by the Tennessee Titans in the divisional round.
Jackson is still the key to the team’s success, but Baltimore has to evaluate several needs ahead of the 2020 season to get better. The team franchised linebacker and traded tight end Hayden Hurst. Finding a suitable replacement for eight-time Pro Bowl player Marshal Yanda on the offensive line is one of the most important tasks at hand.
2020 Draft Picks
Round 1, pick 28 (No. 28 overall): Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
Round 2, pick 23 (No. 55 overall): J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
Round 3, pick 7 (No. 71): Justin Madubuike, DT, Texas A&M
Round 3, pick 28 (No. 92): Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas
Round 3, pick 34 (No. 98): Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State
Round 3, pick 42 (No. 106): Tyre Phillips, OT, Mississippi State
Round 4, pick 37 (No. 143): Ben Bredeson, OG, Michigan
Round 5, pick 25 (No. 170): Broderick Washington, Jr, DT, Texas Tech
Round 6, pick 22 (No. 201): James Proche, WR, SMU
Round 7, pick 5 (No. 219): Geno Stone, S, Iowa
Yanda probably would’ve made nine career Pro Bowls if he wasn’t injured for most of 2017. He was a big part of why Baltimore set an NFL record with 3,296 rushing yards last season and also excelled in pass protection. The Ravens might not have to go out and get another guard if they can find one on their team, but losing a player of Yanda’s caliber will have an affect on the team’s offense.
Mark Andrews led Baltimore in receiving yards (852) and touchdowns (10) at tight end. Marquise Brown was right behind him and should improve in his sophomore season, but a more consistent wideout would help the Ravens spread the field even more.
The Ravens have already addressed their needs on the defensive line by getting Calais Campbell, but they need a sturdy linebacker to play with Matthew Judon. Baltimore has been known for having absolute studs at the position, so finding a stud late in the first round would be ideal.
Dream first pick
There’s no chance Baltimore will get the top linebacker in the draft, as Isaiah Simmons will likely be a top 10 pick. However, it could get the second or third best prospect at the position. At this point, it seems like K’Lavon Chaisson or Kenneth Murray. Both are versatile players who can run from sideline to sideline, so whichever one is available would be a good choice.