Ravens Draft Report Card: Grading a busy and exciting 3rd round
The Baltimore Ravens made four selections in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft. If you went to bed before the Ravens made all their picks we have you covered:
The Baltimore Ravens were very busy on the second night of the 2020 NFL Draft. The Ravens set up a very busy third round when they traded the 60th pick to the New England Patriots. After selecting Patrick Queen and J.K. Dobbins the Ravens added even more value with their third round picks. We’re going to get into the grades here, but the main takeaway is that this was a good night for the Baltimore Ravens.
This is an absolutely great pick. The Ravens are committed to the defensive front and they’ve done a great job fixing it. Justin Madubuike is a player that fits the mold for the Ravens at the five technique. He’s a defensive end who should be able to make an impact as a rookie who rotates into the game. Basically, when Derek Wolfe needs a break, Madubuike will give the defensive line fresh legs.
He’s had five and a half sacks and over 40 tackles two seasons in a row. This is a good pick because it makes the Ravens even tougher against the run and it provides some pass rush. One of the big problems from a season ago was a defensive line that didn’t collapse the pocket well enough. The Ravens have effectively used NFL Free Agency and now the NFL Draft to fix that problem. The Ravens should be able to get much more push up front. This is a solid pick.
I had him ranked as my 78th player and the Ravens were able to get him with the 71st overall pick. The value was spot on here. Baltimore is getting great value. While fans will be quick to point out that the Ravens didn’t get the edge rusher of their dreams, Baltimore all the sudden has a surplus of talent when it comes to interior pass rush. Calais Campbell may be a defensive end, however he offers you the same as a great outside linebacker when it comes to getting after the passer. Campbell, Wolfe and now Madibuike should lead the Ravens to a good sack total.