After doing some research, I have come up with a list of the players that make the most sense for the first round of the 2021 Baltimore Ravens draft.
Many of these players have appeared in Ravens mock drafts. However, some have not (at least from what I have seen). Keep in mind, these are players I believe will still be available (or could potentially be given the right circumstances). I would have included Rashod Bateman as an option, but I don’t see him making it to #27.
Teven Jenkins, OT:
Honestly, this pick may make the most sense the more I think about it. Orlando Brown Jr. probably won’t be traded. However, Jenkins could be his replacement when he inevitably leaves the next offseason. Furthermore, Jenkins has the versatility to play guard. I could see the Ravens drafting Jenkins and plugging him in at left guard. Then pushing Bradley Bozeman to his college position of center. That would be a pretty solid offensive line for the Baltimore Ravens to start next season. The Ravens actually met with him at the beginning of March too.
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Kadarius Toney, WR:
I could have put Terrace Marshall Jr. here as well, but I see more value for the Ravens in Toney. However, I don’t really personally feel the Ravens should draft a WR in round one. I personally believe in Sammy Watkins and think that signing will end up providing a lot more value to the offense than many other people. I have seen a lot of hate towards that signing. But I called it near the beginning of Ravens free agency and I agree with it. For the price, the potential upside is great.
Because of that signing and how deep the WR draft class is, I don’t think a round one wide receiver is necessary. That doesn’t mean it won’t happen, but don’t be surprised if it doesn’t. Nico Collins in the second-round or a wide receiver, such as Josh Palmer or Cornell Powell, in the later rounds, makes more sense to me.
Toney ran a 4.38 40-yard-dash at Florida’s pro day. He does need to work on his route-running and he isn’t the biggest receiver (5-foot-11). However, he is explosive after-the-catch and also has return ability. In fact, he had a 50-yard punt return touchdown in 2020. Toney had a breakout season a receiver in 2020 with 70 receptions for 984-yards and 10 touchdowns. He finished the 2020 season with 1,439-yards-from-scrimmage, 294 coming from kick and punt returns and161 rushing yards. Oh, and in 2018, he even threw a 20-yard passing touchdown.
In my opinion, Toney fits the Ravens offense better than the other options here. He can be used in the passing game, running game, and on special teams.