The Ravens’ 2020 draft class has staggering potential

Ravens, Patrick Queen. (Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images)
Ravens, Patrick Queen. (Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images) /

The Baltimore Ravens have a long history of developing their draft picks, and their 2020 class in particular has an incredibly high ceiling. Here’s a short breakdown of how those picks panned out.

Two years after the 2020 draft, all 10 of Baltimore’s draft picks currently have starting roles whether on the Ravens or another team. Baltimore’s first-rounder, Patrick Queen, leads the team with 91 combined tackles along with four sacks, five passes defended, and two picks,

It took Queen time to grown into a consistent starter, but after the Roquan Smith trade, he and Smith form one of the most formidable linebacker duos in the league.

Running back J.K. Dobbins, nabbed in the second round, missed all of the 2021 season and has only played in five games this year, yet he appears to be returning to full health after his gruesome knee injury and just came off a 100-plus yard rushing performance in Week 14.

Ravens’ 2020 draft picks can develop into an all-time great class

Aside from the top two picks, the Ravens also groomed Justin Madubuike (third-rounder), Malik Harrison (third-rounder), Broderick Washington (fifth-rounder), and Geno Stone (seventh-rounder) into key roster pieces.

Those four players have each carved out a significant role in the defense with Madubuike and Stone arguably making the biggest impacts this season. Stone filled in seamlessly in the backfield after Marcus Williams got injured while Madubuike has notched a career-high 3.5 sacks on the year and has turned into one of the team’s top-performing defensive linemen.

Offensive tackle Tyre Phillips and guard Ben Bredeson, two of the Ravens’ mid-round picks, are currently playing for the New York Giants and have helped out in some capacity as a part of the Giants’ front five.

The only players not quite meeting expectations are Devin Duvernay and James Proche, two wideouts formerly poised for a breakout campaign at the start of the season. Proche, a sixth-round pick, didn’t exactly have sky-high expectations to begin with, but Duvernay has struggled to stay involved in the Ravens’ offense despite Rashod Bateman’s injury.

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Time will tell if those two receivers can shine as brightly as the rest of Baltimore’s draft class; however, taking in the class as a whole, the Ravens certainly know how to pick out the hidden gems.