6. Other needs the Ravens could address
After a busy free agency, the Ravens still have a variety of needs. Beyond the aforementioned needs, the Ravens also could use more depth at offensive tackle, running back, tight end, and perhaps even wide receiver.
The Ravens are hopeful that Ronnie Stanley and Ja’Wuan James return from injuries to team up with recent acquisition Morgan Moses. But with the rash of injuries that befell their tackle position, it would make sense for the Ravens to add to their depth in the middle rounds of the draft.
They could surprise and draft Northern Iowa’s Trevor Penning or Charles Cross should he fall. Odds are they address the tackle position with one of their five fourth-round picks.
The Ravens lost both J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards before the 2021 season began and it could be argued that they never truly recovered after that. Both stars are expected to return, but it would not be surprising if the Ravens decided to add some position depth at some point in the draft.
Many Ravens fans probably hoped that 2018 first-round pick Hayden Hurst would return home, but alas it was not meant to be.
Since Hurst was traded away, the Ravens have been in need of a pass-catching complement to star tight end Mark Andrews. There should be several tight ends that fit that description in the middle rounds of the draft.
With Sammy Watkins now gone, the Ravens have an opening at wide receiver. The Ravens’ receiver corps is much improved versus previous seasons and has the potential to be a special group.
There is that word…potential.
The Ravens could still add a receiver should their board dictate so. Could they shock the world and add a receiver in the first round? Unlikely, but only time will tell.
Which Chris Board moving on to the Lions and Anthony Levine calling it quits, the Ravens have some holes to fill on special teams. Look for them to possibly double up on linebackers and corners and maybe even add a safety in the late rounds.
Speaking of special teams…could the Ravens look to move on from long-time punter Sam Koch? While he is still performing at a high level, Koch is now at the young age of 39.
“Punt God” Matt Araiza could go as high as the fourth round (or higher?). The Ravens have five fourth-round picks, if they like Araiza, perhaps they jump at the chance to have the punter and kicker with the biggest legs in the NFL.