7 fullbacks the Ravens could draft to replace Patrick Ricard
By Justin Fried
The Baltimore Ravens could see a few key players depart this offseason, one of whom is fullback Patrick Ricard. The fan-favorite Ricard has developed into a vital part of the team’s offense, but he’s set to be a free agent in the offseason.
The Ravens have made it clear that they are very interested in a return, and it’s likely Ricard is interested in the same. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean a deal is going to get done.
Reports are that the two sides aren’t close on an extension which could force the Ravens to look at other options. One potential replacement is Ben Mason who was re-signed last month.
But what if the Ravens want to go the draft route again? Let’s take a look at seven fullbacks the Ravens could target either in the 2022 NFL Draft or as undrafted free agents after the draft.
7. Ravens target: Clint Ratkovich, FB, Northern Illinois
Northern Illinois’ Clint Ratkovich has drawn comparisons to All-Pro fullback Kyle Juszczyk given his versatility, athleticism, and competitive drive. He’s not your typical fullback prospect.
Ratkovich earned the label “superback” during his time at Northern Illinois as the Huskies would use him in a variety of different roles in the backfield. Is he a fullback? An H-Back? A power running back? The answer is yes.
While not a perfect replacement for Ricard, Ratkovich would be a fun addition to the Ravens’ offense and someone who can fill a number of different roles on offense.