2. The Baltimore Ravens
By drafting two wide receivers, the Ravens changed the whole narrative of their offseason. I’ll scream it from the mountain tops until you’re sick of it: Rashod Bateman is a game-changer for the Ravens offense.
Tylan Wallace in the fourth round was essentially highway robbery. He was one of the best playmakers in College Football over the past four years. His highlights are fun, I know that. Bateman and Wallace have a chance to change the shape of the Baltimore offense for years to come. Lamar Jackson got spoiled in this draft class. That’s a nice thing to write.
Speaking of spoiling the franchise quarterback, the Ravens drafted Ben Cleveland. Cleveland is a massive guard who will help the offensive line. At worst he is a quality backup. In the most likely scenario, he ends up being a starter that solidifies things on the offensive line.
There were some picks I wasn’t over the moon about. The selection of Brandon Stephens in the third round was a bit of a surprise. To be honest, he wasn’t even on my radar before the draft and I’m a big football nerd. Odafe Oweh in the first round is a boom or bust pick. If that pick works out, the Ravens will end up with a Pro Bowl pass rusher, so it’s hard to complain too much about it. The juice is worth the squeeze.
The Ravens got better. They sent a statement about the future of their offense. This was a draft that will primarily take care of their quarterback and help them in against the pass on defense. The Ravens aren’t to be taken lightly. They weren’t far away from being a Super Bowl contender last year and they may have gotten closer. Scratch that, they did get closer.