2020 NFL Mock Draft: Ravens trade up for an Alabama receiver
Fourth Round: Pick 134
While it was tempting to address the EDGE position at pick 60 with someone like a Josh Uche out of Michigan, the reality is that this is a weak edge class, and I just didn’t see the value there. For my money, Jennings is as talented as any prospect in that second tier of edge rushers, and should flourish playing alongside the likes of Calais Campbell, Derek Wolfe, and Matthew Judon.
The Ravens love their Alabama defenders, and Jennings provides some versatility as a pass rusher that can also drop into a more traditional linebacker role. The likelihood that any edge rusher from this class apart from Chase Young or maybe K’Lavon Chaisson would become a high-snap count starter in year one for the Ravens is low, so Jennings is a nice value play that can be a part-time contributor immediately and develop into a starter in 2021 and beyond.
Even in drafts where loading up on offense wasn’t the priority, Baltimore has always made its living by finding pass rushers in the middle rounds, and players like Judon, Za’Darius Smith and Pernell McPhee are testaments to that strategy being largely effective. No sense in fixing something that ain’t broke, so the Ravens address a need here while also getting some great value.