2021 NFL Draft: Baltimore Ravens potential first-round options
By Billy Kosko
We can probably cross offensive guard off the list of potential first-round candidates to be drafted by the Ravens in the 2021 NFL Draft.
On the first day of NFL free agency, the Baltimore Ravens beefed up their offensive line by signing Kevin Zeitler. We can probably cross offensive guard off the list of potential first-round candidates to be drafted by the Ravens in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Unless, of course, the Ravens decide to push Bradley Bozeman back to his college position of center. He was a great center for Alabama. Together, they won two National Championships.
Still, there are many ways the Ravens could go in the first round this year. There could be a case made for voids at many different positions, including but not limited to center, tackle (if they trade Orlando Brown Jr.), wide receiver, edge rusher, and safety.
So, who then, will the Ravens draft with the #27 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft?
Honestly, Leatherwood was arguably the best left tackle in college football. He played on a great Alabama line that won the 2020 Joe Moore Award, which is awarded to the best collegiate offensive line.
I know that the Ravens don’t need a left tackle, but that’s not why I put him here. I put him here because nobody really knows what is going to happen with the Orlando Brown Jr. situation yet. So, who better to draft in the first-round than someone who could be a potential replacement at right tackle.
But, wait, that’s not all! During his Sophomore year, Leatherwood started as the team’s right guard. This guy can play pretty much anywhere on the line if you ask him to. And the Ravens may need him to play at either right tackle or left guard. This would be an ideal pick to have options on the line. I imagine the Ravens may move Bozeman to center. So, they would need another guard, regardless of what happens with Brown.
Do you remember what it was like to have a playmaking safety? I do like it was yesterday. Ed Reed was the best safety in the history of the NFL. Don’t try to argue that. The man finished his career with 1,590 interception return yards, 14 defensive touchdowns, and 64 total interceptions.
Moehrig is at his best in coverage, especially in the middle of the field. But he can make plays anywhere on the field. He is an all-around safety, that also excels in man coverage too. That is something the Ravens are missing because neither Deshon Elliot nor Chuck Clark is very good in coverage.
With that being said, Moehrig would be the perfect option to have as a third safety. I am sure Wink Martindale would have a lot of fun using Moehrig in different packages to terrorize offenses. Plus, if the Ravens take Moehrig in the 2021 NFL Draft, maybe Devin Duvernay could try and give him another stiff arm (like in the photo above) during practice.