Ranking the last 5 Baltimore Ravens drafts by level of instant impact
The Ravens’ first two picks in the 2020 NFL Draft made a huge impact on the 2020 season. Patrick Queen ended his first season with 106 total tackles, three sacks an interception, and a fumble recovery. J.K. Dobbins averaged six yards per carry and scored nine touchdowns on the ground.
The Ravens drafted 10 players in the 2020 draft and almost every pick turned into a player who got on the field for some important regular season stats.
Devin Duvernay caught 20 passes and showed the Ravens enough that they didn’t feel compelled to re-sign Willie Snead as a good enough slot receiver. It may have come in an ugly loss, but Duvernay had a kickoff return for a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs. Malik Harrison got a good bit of playing time at linebacker and had 44 total tackles.
Justin Madubuike started three games at defensive tackle and registered a sack. In some very respectable playing time, Madubuike showed a lot of potential. The Ravens barely used James Proche and Geno Stone has been cut and brought back a couple of times now. Ben Bredeson will be competing to become an offensive lineman who can make an impact next year.
It’s not like all 10 players wowed from this draft class, though this is a stark contrast from the 2016 draft class. In the 2016 draft, the Ravens got a lot of picks and only a small chunk of those picks worked out at all.
In 2020 the Ravens had 10 players drafted. They got a starting linebacker of the future. A running back who quickly became the top ball carrier in the running back group. Baltimore found an up-and-coming receiver in Duvernay and some hope for the defensive front with Madubuike and Broderick Washington. That’s what I call instant impact. Only one draft class tops it for this list.