Now that the 2019 NFL regular season has officially ended its time for another full seven-round Ravens mock draft. Here’s my second crack at it.
*If you want to see how my first mock draft played out last month click here*
*NOTE: I will be using The Draft Network’s predictive big board and mock draft generator for the other 31 NFL teams*
Ravens Projected 2020 NFL Draft Picks: 1st (32), 2nd (64), 3rd (96), 4th (123,128), 5th (152)
Total 2020 NFL Draft Picks: 6 (not including comp picks)
My Team Needs: EDGE, LB, WR, IOL, S, IDL, RB
First Round (32nd Overall): Curtis Weaver, Edge, Boise State
Class: Junior (21 years old)
Weight: 265 lbs
I’ve seen Curtis Weaver linked to the Ravens in a few mock drafts and I like the fit, honestly. Weaver has a thicker frame than most edge rushers but his speed surprises you. He has the explosiveness and motor to be a dominate player at the next level, but his most impressive trait is his football IQ. Weaver has an impressive knack for distinguishing between different blocking schemes and would be a perfect fit for Don “Wink” Martindale’s system if he returns as defensive coordinator this offseason.
Weaver had 11 sacks as a freshman in 2017, 9.5 sacks in 2018, and 13.5 sacks in 2019 which is the consistency you like to see. He’s going to get knocked down a bit by some draft moguls out there for his lack of technical work (pursuit angles and flexibility), but to me that’s something you can teach. You can’t teach size and speed, both of which Weaver possesses, so I’m confident the Ravens coaching staff will help perfect his technical skills.
Due to his frame, Weaver has the ability to play inside and outside at the next level and having a talent like that on your defensive line allows for match up nightmares. If Weaver can be more consistent on a play-to-play basis then there’s no reason he can’t be a dominant force at the next level. Hopefully he lands in Baltimore.
My Team Needs:
EDGE, LB, WR, IOL, S, IDL, RB
Second Round (64th overall): Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State
Class: Senior (21 years old)
Weight: 206 lbs
I can tell you already, this is going to be my favorite pick in this mock draft. Brandon Aiyuk is one of my draft crushes and has been for awhile. Thanks to our very own Ebony Bird site expert Richard Bradshaw, I’ve been watching Aiyuk since September and I’ve seen his draft stock skyrocket since then. In 2018 Aiyuk recorded 33 receptions for 474 yards and three touchdowns, which was a solid season considering it was his first year at ASU. In 2019 though, Aiyuk put himself on the map after pulling in 65 receptions for 1,192 yards and eigth touchdowns.
To me, Aiyuk is a combination of JuJu Smith-Schuster and DJ Moore, both of which I liked in the draft process. He would fit in nicely in Baltimore’s offense as a number two receiver, possibly number one; depending on how the coaching staff uses Marquise Brown next year. Aiyuk could also double as a punt returner which would kill two birds with one stone. Aiyuk is explosive, has strong hands, nice body control and is an absolute monster after the catch. Having two electrifying receivers paired with Lamar Jackson will complete this offense. Aiyuk will have to work on his release when facing press coverage but I absolutely love this fit for Baltimore.