2019 NFL Draft: Top targets Baltimore Ravens should look at
The Ravens have plenty of talented edge rushers, but no one who has truly separated themselves as the premier guy once Terrell Suggs retires. Thankfully, the 2019 NFL Draft has edge rushers galore. Baltimore is certainly out of range for Ohio State’s Nick Bosa, the likely top-overall pick for the 2019 NFL Draft, but there remains a ridiculous amount of depth and talent to be had.
Staring with the next best guy, my personal favorite of the 2019 NFL Draft is Mississippi State’s Montez Sweat. Sweat is incredible. His build is exactly what the Ravens look for in their edge rushers. Standing at 6’6″ 245-lbs., Sweat has produced throughout his career against top SEC competition. Sweat has 20.5 sacks and 28.0 TFLs in the last two years alone. His ability to put his hand in the dirt, but also to stand-up will have Baltimore salivating over his potential.
Clemson’s defensive line is stacked with talent, but Clelin Ferrell often steals the show, and rightfully so. Ferrell could’ve been a top-20 pick last year but opted to return for his senior season. While his stock hasn’t risen, it hasn’t dropped, either. Ferrell still looks like a top-20 pick and could be a future cornerstone at edge rusher for the Ravens.
A similar case to Ferrell, Kentucky’s Josh Allen was also a thought of as perhaps a round one talent in the 2018 NFL Draft class, but instead returned for his senior season. Unlike Ferrell, Allen has made himself some big-time money. Allen could be taken as high as the top-ten, but has a legitimate claim as the 2019 NFL Draft’s second best edge rusher.
If you like Alabama edge rushers, they’ve got plenty to be had. Anfernee Jennings and Christian Miller both are fringe round one players, but they can be excellent rotational pieces to make a deadly pass rushing group for Baltimore even better. Having one elite edge rusher can be placed aside when you have so many talented guys. Both Jennings and Miller would give the Ravens a depth chart teams dream of having.
The Ravens don’t have a huge need a linebacker if C.J. Mosley stays, thanks to the play of Kenny Young and Patrick Onwuasor being a solid role-player. Regardless, upgrades can be had and Mosley can be replaced if necessary. Baltimore should only let Mosley walk if they can guarantee they can select LSU’s Devin White. White is a Myles Jack level talent and would give Baltimore a tremendous athlete in the middle of their defense. Similar in built to Ryan Shazier, Alabama’s Mack Wilson is also a name to monitor throughout the draft process.