The fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft comes to a close, let’s take a look at the three selections the Baltimore Ravens made.
The Baltimore Ravens needed to add speed to their backfield and they did just that when they selected Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill. Hill was a burner during his days as a Cowboy, racking up over 3,500 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns in three seasons, all while averaging 5.6 YPC. Ask any Big-12 defender about Hill and they’ll tell you he was a nightmare to deal with because of his speed.
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Speed, speed, and more speed… Right now, that’s the trend that Baltimore seems to be following. Between Lamar Jackson, Marquise Brown, and now Justice Hill, these Ravens are going to tire out a lot of defenses.
For the first time ever, Baltimore could have the makings of an explosive offense, thanks to their speed and power behind them in guys like Mark Ingram, Gus Edwards, and their tight ends. Hill is going to bring the team’s backfield together and give them incredible dynamism on every down.
The Ravens first pick on the offensive line is a great one, as the team pulled the trigger on Ben Powers with the 123rd overall pick. Powers, yet another Oklahoma Sooner added to the team’s offense, has a chance to start from day one due to a lack of talent on the interior of the team’s offensive line.
Powers would actually be the second Oklahoma Sooner to start on the team’s o-line with his former teammate Orlando Brown Jr. holding down the right tackle spot.
Considering the void at left guard and center that Baltimore currently has, Powers has two spots to compete for this off-season. Truth be told, it would be surprising if Powers wasn’t starting from day one in 2019. The Ravens found themselves a quality starter in round four.
A former five-star recruit in Iman Marshall from USC gets snatched up by Baltimore late in the fourth round. Despite his high-recruitment, Marshal never quite met his expectations and potential with the Trojans. His long frame (6’1″ 207-lbs.) and good play strength makes him a candidate to eventually make a move to safety. No matter where he ends up lining up, the Ravens found themselves a versatile chess piece.
Think of Iman in the same light as Anthony Levine. You’ll be able to mix-and-match where you line up Iman because of his size and athleticism. Iman also has good football IQ and leadership skills, making him a solid player to groom behind the Co-Cap himself.
Overall, Marshall could wind up being a great depth piece for Baltimore. By no means is the team expecting him to start and be an immediate impact, but his ability to be a Swiss army knife in the secondary and provide versatility to keep making the Ravens secondary are scary one.