There are a few players that the Baltimore Ravens cannot take a pass on in the 2020 NFL Draft. If one of these players is on the board, they should be the pick at 28:
1. Javon Kinlaw:
The Baltimore Ravens need to get better on the defensive line. More specifically they need a player who can provide pass rush from the defensive line. There is no way that Derrick Brown drops to the back end of the first round. Javon Kinlaw dropping to the 28th overall pick is a little less far fetched. Kinlaw is a defensive lineman from South Carolina who has the athleticism of an edge rusher and a 324 pound body. He’s basically a hybrid whose tape tells the tale of an elite and disruptive defensive lineman. He has the size, length and the explosiveness that you can’t coach. He’s an instant impact player. He’s Aaron Donald with a better frame.
Drafting Kinlaw would make the Ravens better all over the front seven. Putting Kinlaw at the five technique could be highly beneficial to the Ravens outside linebackers. If Kinlaw can continue his knife into the backfield ways at the pro level, he’s going to force double teams. The Ravens would have a player that offensive coordinators had to account for at all times. Like adding a receiver to the mix would help Marquise Brown, adding Kinlaw would help a player like Matt Judon.
Getting an edge rusher isn’t the only way to help the pass rush. Kinlaw is a player who shouldn’t make it outside the top 10 picks. In Daniel Jeremiah’s last mock draft for NFL.com, Kinlaw made it to the 16th pick. If Kinlaw gets to pick 20, Eric DeCosta may want to consider trading up. A defensive line with Brandon Williams and Javon Kinlaw as it’s stars would be having the best of both worlds; a dominant run stopper and a dominant pocket pusher.