Ravens 7-round 2021 NFL mock draft: Baltimore improves on both sides of the ball

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The Baltimore Ravens still have a few needs to deal with in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. For this Ravens seven-round 2021 NFL mock draft

The Baltimore Ravens still have a few needs to deal with in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. For this Ravens seven-round 2021 NFL mock draft, I kept that in mind, as well as the team’s “best player available” mentality too.

After signing Sammy Watkins, I don’t think it will be as urgent to draft a wide receiver in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Plus, the WR class is very deep this year. However, I do believe that the Ravens will still consider drafting a WR in the first or second round, depending on who is available.

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Gregory Rousseau
EDGE Miami Hurricanes

Many of the Ravens mock drafts for 2021 that I have seen show the team selecting a wide receiver in the first round. While it is possible that the Ravens selected Terrace Marshall Jr. or Rashod Bateman, I feel pass-rush is the better move here for the type of team the Ravens are. I also don’t think Bateman will be available at #27.

If Rousseau falls, I feel like he is a must-draft for Baltimore. He did opt out of the 2020 season, but in 2019, Rousseau put up 19.5 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks. The Ravens need that type of player who can rush the quarterback from all across the defensive line. And I mean, the Ravens did draft Hall of Famers Ed Reed and Ray Lewis from the U.

 

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Nico Collins
WR Michigan

While I think pass-rush is the way to go for the Ravens in the first round, I still believe they should add another wide receiver. I am happy about the Sammy Watkins signing, but there is the question of his durability. Also, Miles Boykin hasn’t become much of a threat as a receiver (at least not yet).

I do believe that Devin Duvernay will end up being a great slot receiver for the Ravens, but Collins could add another outside threat. Collins could be exactly what the Ravens need: a big, strong possession receiver with reliable hands. He ran a 4.43 in the 40-yard dash, which is impressive for his 6’4″, 215-pound frame.  Collins did opt out of the 2020 season, but in 2019 he put up 729 yards on 37 receptions, seven receptions being touchdowns (with a 19.7 per catch average).

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