Ravens could reunite with Todd Monken protege in NFL Draft after glowing review

The Ravens could make a big addition at wide receiver.

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Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Todd Monken received rave reviews in his first season with the team, as he helped Lamar Jackson win MVP while guiding one of the best offenses in the league to one game shy of the Super Bowl. Known as a high-octane passing game coordinator, Monken adapted his offense perfectly.

The Ravens are aware of the fact that going into 2024 with the exact same offense is not an ideal plan to get them over the hump. The 2024 NFL Draft could be a good place for Monken to pick up some of his best talent. One of his former Georgia Bulldogs could be one name John Harbaugh targets.

Monken helped Georgia receiver Ladd McConkey beat out a few more highly-regarded recruits and become an integral part of some of the best teams in college football history. McConkey sounds very excited about the possibility of once again playing under Monken in the pros alongside Zay Flowers.

McConkey liked the idea of reuniting with Monken in Baltimore, calling him a "great coach" and thanking him for giving him a chance in Georgia's offense. McConkey may not be the archetypal Monken receiver, but he made a ton of big plays for him during his collegiate career.

Will the Baltimore Ravens reunite Todd Monken and Ladd McConkey?

McConkey recorded 89 catches for just over 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns in two seasons with Monken as his OC in Athens. While his production dipped slightly downward with Mike Bobo this season, it didn't do much to impact his status as a possible Top 50 pick when the Draft rolls around.

All of McConkey's flaws are related to his diminutive size at a generous 6-0 and 185 pounds. Bigger press cornerbacks can give him trouble at times, and his contested catch skill is minimal. He could thrive with the Ravens, but he must be used in a very specific fashion.

If he clicks, however, the Ravens might have their slot receiver locked down. A tremendous route-runner with more than enough speed to get behind the defense, McConkey's big performances in big games against future NFL defensive backs helped reinforce his stock and help him rank above more physically impressive players.

McConkey is going to make some team very happy, but his familiarity with Monken could help him get situated in Baltimore. While he might be just a tad rich of a pick at No. 30 overall, the Ravens would be wise to trade back into the middle of the second round and select the Georgia star.