2019 NFL Draft: 3 Sleeper running backs for Baltimore Ravens
My colleague Chris Schilser noted in his recent article highlighting five running backs for the Ravens to target that Karan Higdon should be somewhere on that list. Both Chris and I agree that Higdon should be a running back that the team should potentially draft in 2019, but it comes for many reasons.
First off, Higdon has a solid build for a running back at 5’10” 202-lbs. to go with good vision and solid speed. Higdon isn’t beating a ton of people in a 40-yard dash, but he’s got awesome acceleration. Michigan’s offensive line did a great job giving Higdon holes in 2018 ad he did not disappoint, rushing for 1,178-yards and 10 touchdowns. On a Wolverines team that is chock-full of talent at the wide receiver position, Higdon still stood out and made the team’s run game more than respectable.
With the Baltimore Ravens, Higdon would be the ultimate change-of-pace back. Higdon would round out the backfield full of strong runners like Gus Edwards with a complimentary style of balance and explosion. With Lamar Jackson bringing the speed and Edwards bringing the pain, Higdon brings a little bit of everything to the offense. Higdon would be the “wind” to Jackson’s “fire” and Edwards’s “earth.”
Higdon doesn’t fit the bill as a team’s no.1 running back, but he does fill the void in the Ravens backfield nicely. If Higdon were to continue to progress as a receiver, he could become the perfect weapon for the offense.