NFL Mock Draft Roundup: Baltimore Ravens take best player available at No. 30

The Ravens are focusing on talent over fit.

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The Baltimore Ravens are in a very unique position in the 2024 NFL Draft, as they don't have any one particular need that is so alarming Eric DeCosta must commit a large chunk of resources to fixing it. This puts them in an advantageous position in the Draft, as they can select the best player available to them.

Even with Baltimore not being locked into one particular position in the draft, a few areas of need seem to have risen above the rest. The Ravens would do well to add more depth on the offensive line, bring in an impact player in the secondary, and give Lamar Jackson another standout wide receiver to throw to.

Sports Illustrated has the Ravens looking for a wide receiver, taking Texas wide receiver Adonai Mitchell after his standout performance at the NFL Combine. CBS Sports believes the trenches are more important, as the Ravens picked Michigan defensive tackle Kris Jenkins to help with their run defense.

USA Today's Nate Davis has Baltimore picking an offensive tackle in Georgia's Amarius Mims, who has experience with former Bulldogs OC Todd Monken. Yahoo Sports thinks the Ravens will pull off highway robbery in broad daylight, taking Florida State defensive end Jared Verse at No. 30 overall.

NFL Mock Draft Roundup: Baltimore Ravens take Jared Verse, Amarius Mims

No matter what happens in free agency, the Ravens should be doing cartwheels if Verse is available at No. 30 overall. Verse seems like a Top-15 lock due to his freakish power and tremendous speed, giving him the skills needed to consistently challenge for double-digit sacks per year in the pros.

Mims should go before No. 30, but some teams might be scared by his injury history. Even with those issues, tackles with his 6-8, 340-pound frame and impressive mobility are few and far between, which should make the decision to select him quite easy for DeCosta.

Jenkins could be a solid pairing with Justin Madubuike on the interior, as the son of a former Pro Bowl run-stuffer has treendous physical power to go along with light feet. His production at Michigan should be enough to convince teams like Baltimore that he should be a fairly easy projection to the pros.

Mitchell may have had as impressive a Combine a teammate and new 40-yard dash king Xavier Worthy, as he showed his sub-4.4 speed in a 6-3 frame. Mitchell could have more instant success in the pros than Worthy, as he has a bigger build, solid hands, and more skill going over the middle.