Fifth Round: Pick 155
You certainly wouldn’t hear me complaining if the Ravens walk out of the draft next week with someone like Javon Kinlaw or Derrick Brown, but I’m also fairly content with the state of the defensive line, especially after hypothetically adding Jennings into the mix at edge.
That being said, Baltimore has always prioritized quality depth, and Hamilton is another value addition to the defense here in the fifth round. He showed an ability to generate interior pass rush at Ohio State, and his ability to shed blockers also made him disruptive to opposing running backs. He lacks the dominance of someone like Kinlaw or Brown, but Hamilton can be a quality depth piece that grows into a larger role whenever Brandon Williams and Justin Ellis exit the picture.
Williams in particular profiles as a potential cut candidate next year, as the Ravens would save roughly $10-million against the cap. If Hamilton can show promise as a rookie, that would provide Baltimore some flexibility along the interior if they opt to part ways with Williams.
Sixth Round: Pick 168
Similar to the EDGE class, this year’s group of interior offensive linemen are not particularly impressive. The prospect of adding a lineman that may not even start with a pick in the top three rounds didn’t seem to provide much value. With veterans like Josh Kline currently available in free agency, and other linemen surely to hit the market as we get into the summer, it felt like the safer play here was to find the best value lineman I could somewhere in rounds four through six.
That ended up being Michael Onwenu, who spent his college career playing under John Harbaugh’s brother Jim at the University of Michigan. The younger Harbaugh had one of college football’s best offensive line units in 2019, with Onwenu contributing in a big way on the interior. He’s long (34 3/8 inches arms), an absolute mammoth of a human being (he checked into the NFL combine at 344 pounds), and the kind of physical specimen that offensive line coaches would love to get their hands on.
Eric DeCosta has pointed out that the Ravens have had great success with finding late-round offensive linemen and coaching them into quality NFL players. That’s the play with Onwenu. He possess all the raw abilities to grow into a force along the interior, and he’ll be able to add some competition for Bradley Bozeman, Ben Powers, Matt Skura and Patrick Mekari in training camp. Having already had success in one of the most physical conferences in college football, Onwenu could find himself contributing in fairly short order despite his sixth-round pedigree.