Could Ravens lean offense in 2024 NFL Draft after Lamar Jackson's input?

Jackson is helping with draft prep
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The Baltimore Ravens may have lost defensive playmakers at all three levels in what has been a very tough offseason, but that shouldn't overshadow the fact that Lamar Jackson needs some extra help on the offensive side of the ball despite winning an MVP in a magical 2023 season.

Jackson is spectacular, but the Raves' offense can oftentimes devolve into him making magic happen while the rest of the team finds it difficult to get into much of a groove. The 2024 NFL Draft presents an opportunity Eric DeCosta can use to change the narrative and surround Jackson with more pieces.

The Ravens have been projected by many to use their top picks on defensive players, as the need for more pass rush depth and cornerback help is still present. However, Baltimore seems to be letting Jackson have his say, which could change the overall direction of their draft plans.

DeCosta said Jackson is being asked for his input on the top wide receiver prospects in the 2024 NFL Draft. This would mark the second year in a row that Jackson has made his voice heard in the draft war room. Could this be a sign the Ravens will go offense, particularly a skill position player, early in the draft?

Baltimore Ravens leaning on Lamar Jackson's input in 2024 NFL Draft

If Jackson had anything to do with Baltimore's decision to draft Boston College wide receiver Zay Flowers in the first round, it makes sense as to why they're picking Jackson's brain again. The standout Flowers recorded just under 900 yards receiving and established himself as the team's No. 1 target on the perimeter.

If the Ravens want to add a receiver, they will have their pick of a half-dozen quality options. Two Texas stars in Xavier Worthy and Adonai Mitchell could be available when Baltimore picks at No. 30 overall, and Florida State's Keon Coleman could be a solid pick if the Ravens want a bigger receiver.

Should Baltimore wait until the second round of the draft to sate Jackson's desire for a new target to throw to, names like Florida's Ricky Pearsall and Washington's Ja'Lynn Polk (just to name a few) will likely be waiting in the wings.

It seems as though the Ravens have needed wide receiver help since 1995, and this year is no exception. Jackson correctly identified that he and Flowers would have a strong connection, and DeCosta might listen to his franchise QB once again as he tries to add more talent in 2024.