The Baltimore Ravens have a couple of things to take care of but they may be the most complete team heading into the NFL Draft:
The Baltimore Ravens have a couple of things on the offseason to do list, yet they are probably in better shape than any other team heading into the NFL Draft. The Baltimore Ravens have their franchise quarterback. They have a good group of running backs. Mark Andrews and Marquise Browns are very legitimate weapons. They need another, yet remember they have a lot of draft picks. If Ben Powers can fill in at right guard, they basically just need depth for the offensive line.
On defense the Ravens could use another edge rusher and an inside linebacker. These are both needs the Ravens could address in the NFL Draft. The secondary is incredible. The biggest 2020 addition may be getting a healthy Tavon Young back. Marlon Humphrey, Marcus Peters, Jimmy Smith and Tavon Young make up the best cornerback grouping in football.
Earl Thomas and Chuck Clark are a very trusted combination at the safety positions. A starting defensive line of Calais Campbell, Brandon Williams and Derek Wolfe is going to give the defense a boost. The Ravens have most things figured out on both sides of the ball.
There isn’t a team in the league that doesn’t need to do a handful of things before the season starts. There isn’t a team in the league that has as much written in permanent ink as the Ravens. After the 2020 NFL Draft, the Ravens should be walking back with an improved version of a team that went 14-2 and dominated almost every opponent along the way.
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One big advantage for Baltimore is that Don Martindale and Greg Roman are coming back as John Harbaugh’s coordinators. The Ravens went into the 2019 season with an idea of what they wanted to do. Their plan worked and they built on it. In 2020 the Ravens don’t just have a concept of what kind of football they want to play, they have a well constructed model. The Roman offense led by Lamar Jackson is just getting started.
Last year felt like a potential Super Bowl run for the purple and black. The playoff loss to the Titans gives them a rallying cry. It will provide focus and motivation to a team that returns most of the key starters from that painful postseason exit.
A lot of the offseason talk has revolved around the idea that Jackson can’t win in the playoffs. Jackson is a quarterback who has used people telling him he can’t do things as fuel since the beginning of his time at Louisville. Jackson is going to come into 2020 after a full offseason of hard work. We saw how far he came from the 2018 season to the 2019 season. Expect an even better version of Action Jackson.
So let’s review what we already know the Ravens are walking into the 2020 season with. They will have a mostly rock solid roster. They will have the same coordinators working with Harbaugh. They will have a chip on their shoulder and something to prove. Most importantly the second unanimous MVP in NFL history will be as determined as ever to prove people wrong. I think the Ravens are going to win a Super Bowl in the next two seasons. It might just be this year. They only have a little bit of work that needs to be done on this roster.