Now that the 2020 regular season has concluded, it’s time we drop a new 2021 NFL Draft mock for the Baltimore Ravens. Who will they select with six picks?
Round one: Wyatt Davis, IOL, Ohio State
Baltimore has seen just how important Marshal Yanda was to this offensive line in 2020, as the interior of the offensive line has been porous at best this year. Guys like Bradley Bozeman and Tyre Phillips are replaceable and upgradeable, meaning the position is near the top of the team’s to-do list. Ohio State’s Wyatt Davis is a tenacious presence on the interior of the line and loves to run block. He’s also familiar with breakout running back J.K. Dobbins and I’m positive he’d love to block for him again at the next level. No matter where the Ravens are drafting in round one, Davis needs to be at the top of their draft board.
Round two: Quincy Roche, EDGE, Miami FL.
The Ravens have four edge rushers entering Free Agency following 2020, including Pro Bowlers Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue. The hope is the team can retain at least two of those guys, but the position still needs some reinforcements no matter how many it brings back. Enter Quincy Roche. Roche is violent off the edge and is far better than his 4.5 sacks this year indicates. Nabbing Roche somewhere in round two is a huge steal, as he might end up being a late-round one kind of guy. Roche could easily start early for Baltimore and gives Don Martindale a fun player to rush the passer with.
Round four: Brady Christensen, OT, BYU
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Baltimore will have a tough decision to make after the 2021 season in deciding whether or not to extend Orlando Brown Jr., who has made the Pro Bowl each of the last two seasons, or let him walk. The Ravens love to gamble on offensive linemen on day three of the draft and typically do a good job with it, so letting him walk is a very real possibility. Even if he stays the team needs to continue developing quality offensive linemen due to John Harbaugh’s “start your best five” mentality. Brady Christensen is a massive man at 6’6″ but a smaller frame at just 300-lbs. Christensen is exactly the type of tackle the Ravens love to develop and he could turn into a terrific swing tackle or even a starter should injuries arise at the position.
Round five: Trey Sermon, RB, Ohio State
Trey Sermon is the hottest running back in college football right now, powering the Ohio State Buckeyes to a CFP National Championship appearance. Sermon has some injury concerns dating back to his time at Oklahoma and his long speed isn’t great, but he’s a bruising runner who would fit what the Ravens value in their backs. Sermon is actually a lot like Gus Edwards, so if Baltimore decided to let him walk Sermon would be an awesome replacement. Even if Edwards stays, a backfield of Sermon, Edwards, and J.K. Dobbins is as deadly as they come.
Round six: Deommondore Lenior, CB, Oregon
With the return of Jimmy Smith and Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters locked up for the next few years, cornerback isn’t a pressing need for the team. When a talented player like Oregon’s Deommondore Lenior is available, however, you make an exception. Lenior is a bit of a ball hawk, tallying six career interceptions, including three in 2019. Lenior can provide excellent depth to a strong position that has seen its fair share of injuries over the years. This is a “best player available” slam dunk.
Round six: Trey McBride, TE, Colorado State
The Ravens have thoroughly missed three tight end sets in 2020, but they’ve adjusted well as of late. Fans will want a tight end earlier than round six, but the player would be no better than TE3. Hopefully, they can settle for Colorado State’s Trey McBride, who has some nastiness as a blocker similar to Nick Boyle. For the fans who want another dog in the tight end group, they should be plenty happy with McBride.