This was a bit of a coup. I can see Bowden leave the board a bit sooner in the real 2020 NFL Draft, but in the mock draft, he fell me to me… twice. I would absolutely love this pick. Bringing in both Bowden and Peoples-Jones to the Receiver Room would be great for internal camp competition for the Ravens. Bowden also gives the Ravens a built-in replacement for Willie Snead IV, if he does indeed leave after the 2020 season. Bowden may be dealing with a bit of a hamstring injury (the reason he skipped the 40-yard dash at the Combine), but his tape shows great in-game speed and crisp cuts. I believe he’ll be fine by September, and I think the Ravens think the same. He’s a solid get in the 4th Round coming off of a 2019 season that saw him pull in 185 balls for 13 touchdowns and almost 1500 yards of production.
At this moment, the mock draft was drying up a bit with a lot of DBs, RBs, and sub-optimal WR talent sitting around (basically, positions that would be very far down on the Ravens’ needs list). Thus, Bredeson kind of stood out as a good option for depth. However, I should give him more credit than that, as he’s actually a good pick for this part of the NFL 2020 Draft. He’s a massive, relatively athletic body that played for John Harbaugh’s brother at Michigan. Like Ruiz, Bredeson seems to “get” the game and might come in handy in the huddle and pre-snap adjustments. I honestly feel the Ravens O-line might be one of the most brutish Offensive Lines if you have players like Cesar Ruiz, Ben Bredeson, Orlando Brown Jr., and Ronnie Stanley all standing in front of Lamar Jackson.