Ravens trade back, get exactly what they need in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft

Baltimore doesn't overthink this one, but instead makes some sensible decisions.

Baltimore Ravens, 2024 NFL Draft
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In the fourth round, the Ravens address the running back position. It's a spot that's certainly been under the microscope for a few years now. Injuries have decimated the back field in Baltimore, most notably with a guy like J.K. Dobbins enduring some rough ones. Gus Edwards and Justice Hill have also both missed substantial time over the years.

Now, Dobbins and Edwards are both free agents. Keaton Mitchell is recovering from a gruesome injury suffered late last year. This team needs some fresh talent, and quickly.

Enter: Braelon Allen.

In the long line of Wisconsin Badger running backs, Allen is the next man up. He is a big, bruising back but also has sneaky breakway speed once he hits the second level. Standing 6-foot-2, 245 pounds, Allen is a former safety who some thought would be best at linebacker. But no, he stayed at running back, and that was a great decision by him.

Allen is difficult to bring down and, like the aforementioned Wingo, he plays with a full head of steam. The man is as physical as it gets and would give the Ravens a sure thing on first and second downs. Over his three years at Wisconsin, Allen rushed for 3,494 yards, 35 touchdowns and averaged 5.9 yards per carry.