2019 NFL Draft: Ravens could still draft a running back early
Despite the Baltimore Ravens Free Agency signing of Mark Ingram, running back remains a large need for the team and can address it early in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The Baltimore Ravens are facing a dynamic shift in offensive philosophy thanks to quarterback Lamar Jackson and his legs. While the Ravens have always been known to use a run-heavy offense, the addition of Jackson alters how this will look. Instead of a power run game, Baltimore may opt for an attack featuring more diversity and speed.
Prior to Free Agency, the team did not possess any running back with this kind of skill-set. The roster only included Gus Edwards, the team’s main power-back, and Kenneth Dixon, who while he has a large tool box has proven to be unreliable. Alex Collins was cut from the squad and Javorius Allen departed in Free Agency.
Yes, Baltimore did sign Pro Bowl running back Mark Ingram, but he never was known for his speed. Ingram is flexible as a receiver, but outside of Jackson no other backfield player has game-changing speed or versatility.
Looking towards to 2019 NFL Draft, the running back pool is deep and intriguing. There isn’t necessarily a slam-dunk, day one player, however plenty of prospects will be day two picks, with relatively high-investments. The diversity is enticing, ranging from receiving threats to speed demons to brute runners.
With Baltimore’s need for youth and an adept runner, the team should go to the well that the 2019 NFL Draft offers. Thankfully, the Ravens will have plenty of players to fancy come the 2019 NFL Draft, and it shouldn’t be too surprising if the team elects to select one early.