Third round: 102nd overall pick
Remember, Pick 92 went to the Eagles in the trade up for Henry Ruggs, so 102 is our first selection in the third round.
Go ahead and hate the decision to take a running back over a linebacker back at pick 60. But while you can find running back talent in the later rounds, Dobbins’ production against some of football’s elite defenses makes him a safer pick for such a run-focused offense, and he wasn’t falling past the second round.
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On the flip side of that, the Ravens have moved away from heavy usage of linebackers in their defense, and already have LJ Fort and Chuck Clark to rely on in the middle of their defense. Using a pick in the Top 60 to address a position that won’t be leaned on often does not produce the “positional value” it would seem to at first glance.
That becomes all the more true with an option like Jordyn Brooks still on the board in Round 3. In this pick, the Ravens grab a linebacker many have started to actually move above Ohio State’s Malik Harrison, a commonly mocked option to Baltimore with either the 55th or 60th pick.
Brooks is a stout tackler that shows tremendous ability to get into the backfield as a run stuffer or blitzing linebacker. His tape inspires confidence that he can be part of the solution to bolstering the Ravens’ rushing defense, and could function as a QB spy that can cover the necessary ground to be effective against scrambling quarterbacks. He has the speed and smarts to grow into a capable coverage linebacker as well, and the Ravens do have Clark to spell him in passing situations while he develops.