2019 NFL Draft: Targets with Baltimore Ravens 22nd overall pick
One position that the 2019 NFL Draft finds itself to be deep at is at edge rusher. With elite talents such as Ohio State’s Nick Bosa and Kentucky’s Josh Allen demanding so much hype, guys like Montez Sweat could slip through the cracks. Should this happen, the Baltimore Ravens would be hard-pressed to pass on the Mississippi State Bulldog.
Sweat, a former Michigan State Spartan, opted to transfer to Mississippi State and quickly became an absolute force to be reckoned with. Sweat racked up 30.0 TFLs and 22.5 sacks over the last two years with the Bulldogs. With defensive tackle Jeffrey Simmons, another player Baltimore could look at, Sweat was unstoppable.
Montez Sweat is also a freaky athlete who could test extremely well at the upcoming 2019 NFL Combine. Sweat stands at a ridiculous 6’6′” 245-lbs. and could easily add bulk to his frame. Sweat’s athleticism would also allow for him to play standing out or with his hand in the dirt. The versatility the Sweat brings to any defense is precisely why the Ravens could fall in love with him.
With the uncertainty of the Ravens edge rushing situation, adding a sure-fire guy like Sweat would help the team quite a bit. Terrell Suggs is another year older and currently a free agent, Za’Darius Smith is a free agent, Matt Judon will be a free agent following 2019, and Tim Williams and Tyus Bowser have been non-factors. Add Sweat to the equation, and Baltimore has its premier pass rusher for the next four-five years.
The 2019 NFL Draft will be one of the most important draft classes for the Baltimore Ravens in recent history. The 2019 NFL Draft will be new General Manager Eric DeCosta’s first as the Ravens’ top dog in the front office. It’ll also be important to see the team begin building around Lamar Jackson and capitalize on the team’s cap space and youth movement. Here’s hoping the 2019 NFL Draft is the start of something great for Baltimore.