2. Derek Wolfe
With Derek Wolfe, the Ravens would just be going after the same kind of production that Brockers would have provided. This would be like buying Yoplait because the Dannon Fruit on the Bottom was out of stock. Baltimore would still be getting a 3-4 defensive end that would make them whole on the defensive line. With Wolfe, Baltimore would get a little less production against the run and a little more production rushing the passer. Pass rush is the name of the game so signing Wolfe, who had seven sacks in 2019, could be the better move anyway.
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Wolfe is a player that’s been on the radar of Ravens fans for a while. He was a player that was speculated to be a possible trade target before the 2019 trade deadline. We’ve talked about him as a potential free agent target as well. Wolfe has recorded 33 career sacks. Having him opposite Calais Campbell with Brandon Williams in the middle would be a great situation.
Signing Wolfe would put the purple and black right back to where they were when they thought Brockers was part of the equation. If interior pass rush was the biggest thing the Ravens wanted to improve on, this is the move that will allow them to do that. This would allow the Ravens to go into the NFL Draft with an unchanged plan. That could be a huge advantage.
The Ravens have missed out on Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy. Michael Pierce is with the Vikings. The fact that Wolfe is still available is a little surprising. He’s coming off an injury that made him miss the four weeks of the 2019 season. That may have something to do with it. If he’s healthy, Wolfe is a force on the defensive line. The Ravens must strongly consider signing him.