Baltimore Ravens 2021 NFL Mock Draft (post-Orlando Brown Jr. trade)
Pick 77: Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami (FL):
The passing game took a major step back last year without a third dynamic pass-catching tight end, and Lamar Jackson clearly needs more big-bodied targets as long as 5″8″ Marquise Brown is going to be one of his primary options. Brevin Jordan addresses both of those needs, as an athletic tight end that can block and also be a legitimate receiving option in the passing game.
Most teams would be foolish to spend serious draft capital on a third tight end, but having the former Miami star in the mix would allow the Ravens to create serious matchup nightmares running three-tight end sets. Defenses simply won’t have the sufficient personnel to effectively cover Jordan, Mark Andrews, and a receiver, while also accounting for both Jackson and J.K. Dobbins in the running game. This was what allowed Jackson to lead the NFL in touchdown passes in his first full season in 2019, and will be pivotal to helping him return to that form next season.
Pick 84: Quincy Roche, EDGE, Miami (FL):
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Ask Ray Lewis and Ed Reed if having two Miami stars can lead to good things. The Ravens famously feast on turning mid-round pass rushers into productive NFL players, and Roche fits that profile perfectly. He logged 30.5 sacks as a four-year starter at Temple and Miami, including 13 as a junior in his final year at Temple. Roche is more polished than most collegiate prospects, and is also a strong run defender, as evidenced by the fact that he racked up 54 total tackles for a loss over his collegiate career.
With Baltimore expected to add a veteran edge rusher after the draft, they can afford not to take a Week 1 starter in the first round, and Roche should be able to excel playing behind Pernell McPhee, Tyus Bowser, and a veteran mentor like Justin Houston, Melvin Ingram, or Ryan Kerrigan.
Pick 85: Spencer Brown, OT, Northern Iowa:
Why not replace one 6″8″ former third-round pick with the last name Brown with another? Like Orlando Brown Jr., Spencer Brown is incredibly athletic, and while 311-lbs. is comparably lean for a lineman of his height, he has the kind of frame that will allow him to add weight at the NFL level. With the Ravens reportedly planning to sign Alejandro Villanueva after the draft, Brown won’t have to start right away if Ronnie Stanley is healthy for week one, and should be able to step into the starting right tackle spot in year two. In the meantime, he can be a valuable swing tackle and depth piece, as Baltimore’s lack of tackle depth was exposed in a major way last year after Stanley went down with a season-ending injury.