Don’t overthink this one. Laviska Shenault is in good position to fall to the Ravens’ first pick with other options like Denzel Mims, Tee Higgins, and Michael Pittman Jr. still on the board at the start of the second round. Nothing in the last 24 hours has moved me off the opinion that Shenault was built in a factory somewhere for Greg Roman, and would be a perfect piece to keep building out an already-dynamic Ravens offense. Baltimore will need to introduce some new wrinkles into the mix next year to keep teams guessing, and Shenault’s blend of skill and versatility make him the perfect man to make that happen.
There’s a very good chance that we see several running backs go off the board on Friday night. While the Ravens don’t “need” a running back, they have Mark Ingram about to be 30 and Gus Edwards playing on a one-year ERFA contract. Neither screams “long-term solution”, and Ingram has never played a full 16-game season. The Ravens can ensure they keep a dominant running game in place for 2020 with Dobbins, while also selecting their primary running back for 2021 and beyond.
Ravens fans loved the idea of adding Edwards-Helaire into the mix, and Dobbins might be the next closest option. He has great burst, finds seems, and can catch the ball out of the backfield, giving him the makings of a quality three-down back for years to come.