The Instant Stars:
4. Devin Duvernay, WR (Texas)
Duvernay may not be a star in his rookie season, yet he should be able to make an impact. Duvernay is a player who the Ravens just need to get the football to, and he’ll make plays. As a slot receiver, Duvernay could be set up to be successful as a rookie. The Ravens need somebody other than Mark Andrews and Marquise Brown to step up and make an impact. Duvernay was highly productive at Texas.
He’s not going to have a 100 catch rookie season in the NFL. 30-40 receptions is a fairly realistic goal. If Nick Boyle can have 31 receptions in this offense, Duvernay can do the same. He’ll do a lot more with his receptions though.
3. Malik Harrison, LB (Ohio State)
Harrison is going to help the Ravens in run defense. Harrison isn’t as athletic as Patrick Queen yet his instincts are very much on par with Queen’s. Harrison is going to become one of the most fierce linebackers against the run. He has to develop into a three down linebacker however with Queen playing next to him he can just be the good old fashioned headhunter of a linebacker that he is.
The one thing that drove Ravens fans crazy last season was missed tackles. That’s not something you’ll see with Harrison. He was one of the most sure tacklers in this entire NFL Draft class. He’s a physical player with good instincts. He’s going to be a productive player and he’s an instant upgrade over Patrick Onwuasor.
2. J.K. Dobbins, RB (Ohio State)
Dobbins is a superstar. His production at Ohio State was incredible. He had 4,459 yards on the ground in three years at Ohio State. 2,003 of those yards came in the 2019 season where he averaged 6.7 yards per game. Lamar Jackson and Dobbins have something in common, they make linebackers miss on a regular basis.
Dobbins is a one cut and go runner and when he picks up a full head of steam he’s almost impossible to catch. There is no way that Dobbins comes to the most prolific rushing offense in the NFL and doesn’t put up good numbers. Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards was a good pairing. Dobbins is going to be an even better partner for Ingram in the run game.
1. Patrick Queen, LB (LSU)
Queen is a great linebacker. He comes into the NFL already better than every linebacker the Ravens have on the roster. From day one, Queen will be a starting inside linebacker. Queen is set up behind a great defensive line and has the physical traits to takeover games.
The defense already had a great defensive line and an incredible secondary. Queen is going to help this defense go to a completely new level of excellence. From day one, Queen has a chance to be a leader of this defense. He’s going to be the biggest play-maker from this draft class.