2. Kenyan Drake:
Running back may not be a need for the Ravens, however they can take a good running back further than most teams can. Drake would be the perfect weapon in the backfield. In all four seasons of his career, Drake has averaged well over four yards per carry. Drake has been stuck with the Miami Dolphins for most of his career, and getting traded to the Cardinals still didn’t put him on a great team. He’s a flashy one-cut runner who fits the mold for what the Ravens want at running back. Signing Drake would allow the Ravens to lean into their already established strength of running the football.
Drake only had eight games with the Cardinals last year and he had 643 yards on the ground. He had a game in week 15 with 133 rushing yards. In week 16, he followed it up with 166 yards. Drake has quietly become one of the most explosive weapons in the backfield. The Ravens just broke a single season record for rushing yards. The combination of Drake and Ingram would be almost unfair. The Ravens would also be able to use Drake in the passing game the same way that they do with Ingram. This would make their play-calling less predictable by who is in the backfield.
This is not a move the Ravens have to make. If the Ravens don’t add a running back this offseason, it won’t hurt them. Ingram, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill make an impressive trio and the team has other needs. This does become a tempting move, when you consider how good of a match Drake would be for the purple and black. Should the Cardinals let him hit the open market, Eric DeCosta has to at least think about it.