Fourth Round (123rd overall): Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU
My Team Needs: EDGE, LB, WR, IOL, S, IDL, RB
Class: Junior (20 years old)
Weight: 209 lbs
I know I said Aiyuk was going to be my favorite pick in this mock draft but Clyde Edwards-Helaire is definitely giving Aiyuk a run for his money. This may be one of the best fits in the entire draft if Edwards-Helaire lands in Baltimore. Much like Justice Hill, Edwards-Helaire is a smaller explosive back who excels after the catch and has one of the highest missed tackle rates in the nation. He reminds me a lot of Ray Rice when he runs the ball, although he doesn’t get as parallel with the ground as Rice was able to.
Running back isn’t necessarily a need (as of right now), but staying true to the best player available mentality I had to take him. Adding Edwards-Helaire to a already stacked backfield will make this offense much more dangerous, if that’s even possible. The Ravens would have two bruisers in Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards while Justice Hill and Clyde Edwards-Helaire provide the electricity. His reliable hands and short area explosiveness will add yet another juicy dynamic to this Lamar Jackson led offense.
More from Ebony Bird
- 3 Biggest Needs for Ravens in NFL Draft
- Ravens’ Super Bowl odds stagnant amidst Lamar Jackson trade rumors
- New Caesars-BetMGM Promo Code: Get Over $2,000
- Ravens 2024 Super Bowl odds (Questions around Lamar Jackson’s future doesn’t keep Baltimore’s odds down)
- Special BetMGM Maryland Promo: Get $1,000 Now
My Team Needs:
EDGE, LB, WR, IOL, S, IDL, RB
Fourth Round (128th overall): Ben Bredeson, iOL, Michigan
Class: Senior (21 years old)
Weight: 325 lbs
Ben Bredeson is a nice value pick for this late in the fourth round. Bredeson is a smart and physical interior offensive linemen who projects well to the NFL. He has to work on his hand placement a bit as he gets swiped away more often than you’d like to see but he’s athletic enough to play in this Baltimore scheme and would provide nice depth to the guard position. I’m not sure if Marshal Yanda is going to retire after this season (it could depend on if the Ravens win the Super Bowl or not), but I have a feeling he’s staying for one more season barring any injuries.
Yanda staying another year would be beneficial to Bredeson’s growth as not everyone gets to learn from a future Half of Famer. Like Yanda, Bredeson is a mauler on the field and his motor won’t stop until the play is over, which is something Baltimore covets. There aren’t many words that describe what “Play Like A Raven” means better than the word mauler. Bredeson would be a solid pickup for Eric DeCosta and company.