In this edition of my Baltimore Ravens 2021 NFL Draft mock we see the team add some major firepower to the offense and some new pass rushers.
Round one: Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami FL.
There was once a time where Gregory Rousseau was the consensus EDGE1 in the 2021 NFL Draft. After he opted out of the 2020 season, however, he’s become a victim of overthinking and is slipping in the draft quickly. The Baltimore Ravens will gladly be the beneficiary of his fall.
Rousseau was a bit of a raw prospect entering 2020 after a dynamite 2019 season that saw him pace the ACC in sacks with 15.5. The production isn’t the only thing attractive about Rousseau, as he’s also a mammoth of a being at 6’5″ 260-lbs. and arms longer than most people’s legs. There’s a lot of potential to become something absolutely amazing if given the opportunity to develop. Baltimore has been one of the best teams in the league at developing pass-rushing talent, so taking Rousseau is a no-brainer pick.
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With his massive frame and upside to be something special, it’s mind-blowing that Rousseau would even be available this late on day one. If it were up to me he’d be picked a lot sooner. Instead, group think will push Rousseau down the board and right into the waiting Ravens’ laps where he can be molded into one of the league’s best pass-rushing weapons.
Round two: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC
I’m not the biggest advocate in the world that the Ravens need to add a wide receiver early in the 2021 NFL Draft, especially if they add someone in Free Agency, but Amon-Ra St. Brown’s value is too good to pass up. Passing up St. Brown would be a mistake similar to the one the team made a few years back with (ironically) another USC wide receiver, JuJu Smith-Schuster.
ARSB is a big-bodied receiver at 6’1″ 195-lbs. with natural hands and the upside to be a very good starting receiver. St. Brown would give Baltimore a sure-handed weapon across the middle of the field who can create yards after the catch. St. Brown is a very crafty receiver in that sense.
Adding weapons for Lamar Jackson is a must and adding St. Brown at the end of round one would be a good move. Adding him in round two would be a steal.