There are about a million-and-a-half ways that the Baltimore Ravens can go in round one of the 2020 NFL Draft. This seems crazy because as of right now they’d be picking in the late, late twenties. In a draft class devoid of elite talent, this plays into Baltimore’s favor, allowing them to take a look at a variety of different prospects and positions.
Let’s start with a few players I hope they pick. Kenneth Murray is my defacto top option, as the Ravens need help at linebacker and Murray is likely the second-best linebacker in the 2020 NFL Draft, behind only Clemson’s freaky athlete in Isaiah Simmons. Murray is a sideline-to-sideline player-maker who will provide stability at the position for years to come. Alabama’s Dylan Moses is also in play if his medicals check out (ACL tear).
D’Andre Swift and Jonathan Taylor play a position that Baltimore is stacked at (running back), but are plans for the future and can become franchise cornerstones. If Lamar Jackson magically became a running back, it would be in the form of Swift. Swift lives up to his last name, as he is extremely quick with the ball in his hands both as a runner and a receiver. Taylor is no slouch either, as he’s a balanced runner with a nose for the endzone while being a proven bell-cow back.
The offensive line is a position of need, so I’ll quickly highlight Tyler Biadasz (Wisconsin)as my top center who can move to guard and dominate. You know what you’re getting in a Wisconsin lineman, and Biadasz looks to be one of their better prospects.
A wide receiver could also be a target, as finding a suitable guy to line-up with Marquise Brown would be a valuable asset. Alabama’s Devonta Smith and Arizona State’s Brandon Aiyuk are two major risers throughout the 2020 NFL Draft process and should continue to climb. Smith looks to be a true X-receiver, while Aiyuk is another speedster with some special teams ability. Laviska Shenault (Colorado) is another intriguing option given his versatility. Baltimore would easily get the most out of his skill-set.
The front seven needs help, so adding pass rushers is vital. Whether it’s on the edge or in the trenches, the Ravens should look hard at edge rushers Yetur Gross-Matos (Penn State), Terrell Lewis (Alabama), and K’Lavon Chaisson (LSU), as well as defensive linemen Javon Kinlaw (South Carolina) and Raekwon Davis (Alabama).