@michaelhaddad02 asks: What rookies do you see making an immediate impact?
Answer: I think the Ravens will get an immediate impact from most of their rookies. Patrick Queen is the day one starter at inside linebacker. Malik Harrison may not be a starter, but he will get a good bit of playing time. Justin Madubuike is going to be involved on the defensive line. He may not reach his full stride in his first year but his athleticism should show up at times. So defensively, I think this draft is going to have a gigantic impact.
Offensively look for Dobbins and Duvernay to be play-makers. The Ravens are going to get Dobbins the ball and he’s a flat-out play-maker. Duvernay is a player who does most of his damage after he already has the football. Look for him to lead the Ravens in yards after the catch. He should also be a good kick returner. With D.J. Fluker in the mix it isn’t a lock, but a rookie could start at either guard positions. So this should be a rookie class that shows up in a big way.
@Laxpup asks: Which is more likely to happen in whatever type of 2020 season we have:
- Interior offensive line competition yields a top 10 lineup
- Defensive line free agents and draft additions allow Judon and Ferguson to eat-Ravens end up in top 10 in number of sacks
Answer: The good news for the Ravens is that both of these things are very possible. I’m going to go with number one though. The offensive line is in a better spot than it has been in a long time. The Ravens offensive line probably hasn’t been this good since Jamal Lewis was running behind it.
The Ravens have two awesome offensive tackles. They also have a ton of options in between these bookend tackles. Ronnie Stanley, Orlando Brown Jr. and Bradley Bozeman should all have your confidence. We know that Patrick Mekari and Matt Skura can play. I’m very high on guys like Ben Bredeson and Tyre Phillips. Fluker gives them a known commodity at guard. It could work out a number of ways. One version of the starting five will emerge as a very elite unit.