Today we’re looking at just about everything the Baltimore Ravens could possibly have on the board when they make the 28th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. We’re going to have three tiers: Dream picks, acceptable picks, Cautious optimism picks
Dream picks: Don’t over think it, send the pick in instantly:
1. Denzel Mims, Wide Receiver (Baylor)
Mims would be the perfect round one pick for the Baltimore Ravens. He would step in right away and be the third play-maker the passing attack desperately needs. In 2020 we saw that Lamar Jackson didn’t need a lot around him in terms of wide receivers to play at an MVP level.
Imagining what Jackson could do with a huge bodied target with big play potential written all over him is great motivation to draft Mims. It’s hard to find a reason not to draft Mims. The thought of Mims, Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews together almost isn’t fair to the rest of the AFC North.
2. Javon Kinlaw, Defensive tackle (South Carolina)
Kinlaw is a player who is being mock drafted around the middle of the first round. All it takes is a couple of defensive line needy teams to go another direction and Kinlaw could sneak his way to the 28th pick. Kinlaw would be the perfect addition to the Ravens defensive line that already includes Calais Campbell, Brandon Williams and Derek Wolfe.
Alternating Williams and Kinlaw at the nose guard position is an enticing possibility. Kinlaw is a freak athlete who can be the last bit of interior pass rush needed to make the Baltimore defense unstoppable.
3. Patrick Queen, Linebacker (LSU)
The inside linebacker position would be fixed with the addition of Patrick Queen. Queen is a player who the Ravens have been though to be a potential suitor for. Queen has Ravens linebacker material. He has the sideline to sideline athleticism of a young Ray Lewis. I’m not comparing him to the G.O.A.T., that’s just the kind of athleticism we’re talking about. Queen is an every down linebacker with instincts and toughness. He’s would fill right in as the next great Ravens linebacker.
4. K’Lavon Chaisson, Edge rusher (LSU)
Chaisson is the edge rusher with the most upside in this NFL Draft class outside of Chase Young. We’re talking about an edge rusher who looks the part and flies off the edge. He has the traits that you can’t coach and he would be incredibly hard to pass up at 28. Chaisson is a player who should be taken no later than the 20th pick.
If he’s on the board, it could be proof that Eric DeCosta can pull off just about anything. This pick would certainly be a fan pleasing one. Chaisson could step in and be a difference maker opposite of Matt Judon.