The Baltimore Ravens have a few key needs heading into the 2023 NFL Draft, including a possible shocking need at quarterback depending on what happens in the near future with Lamar Jackson.
Wide receiver, edge rusher and cornerback are a couple of the team's top needs, in no particular order. Wide receiver could still be addressed in free agency, or via a surprise trade, or of course the draft.
Edge rusher is very deep in this year's draft class, so Baltimore could find a gem within the top three or four rounds if need be. But, cornerback is a top-heavy position within the 2023 class, and that's part of the equation for Bleacher Report's Alex Ballentine giving the Ravens Deonte Banks in the first round at no. 22 overall.
The Maryland product wouldn't have to travel far from school to where he'd be playing professionally, and his skills and mantra match up with the type of defense Baltimore wants to play.
Deonte Banks is a perfect fit for the Baltimore Ravens in the 2023 NFL Draft
The former Terrapin stands six feet tall, weighing just under 200 pounds. He ran a blisterin 4.35 in his 40-yard dash at the Combine, and also notched a ridiculous 42-inch vertical.
Banks is a physical player who isn't afraid to bump and run, and can knock a receiver uncomfortably off their route with regularity. But, he possesses great footwork and can also stick with some of the best receivers in the game.
Last year with the Terrapins, Banks totaled 38 tackles with eight passes defensed and an interception.
The Ravens need to add another starting cornerback, especially because they have yet to re-sign veteran Marcus Peters, who very well could end up on another team in the near future. As of now, the only surefire starter is Marlon Humphrey.
Baltimore likes playing physical, fast defense, as evidenced by the move for Roquan Smith last season. Adding Banks would be another similar move, giving the Ravens a Day 1 starter of similar talents and tendencies.