It’s time to talk draft Baltimore Ravens fans . . . draft picks, rounds, team needs, and prospects to watch.
by Nat L. Faybian • Senior Writer • @natlfaybian • nlfmockdraft.com • Mar 19, 2019 • Updated: April 8, 2019
GM Ozzie Newsome’s parting legacy will be the drafting of Lamar Jackson. On January 5, 2019, Jackson became the youngest quarterback to start a playoff game. It will be the job of Newsome’s replacement, Eric DeCosta, to begin building around the athletic QB he inherited. Adding some speed at the skilled positions will likely be one of DeCosta’s top priorities. Head Coach John Harbaugh enters his 12th season in Baltimore. His 10 playoff wins are the second most by any head coach in the NFL since 2008.
2019 draft picks
*Indicates Compensatory Pick.
- Running Back
- Wide Receiver
- Defensive Tackle
- Defensive End
- Offensive Guard
- Tight End
- Inside Linebacker
- Free Safety
The Ravens could stand to upgrade their skill positions. Getting Jackson some big targets with large wingspans will help cover some of his off-the-mark throws. A tight end that can run the seams and a running back that can move the chains would appear to be priorities in the off-season.
Martindale’s defense blitzed, perhaps, more than any other team in the NFL last year. To blitz and blitz well, Baltimore is going to need a strong secondary. Look for them to add a safety with sideline-to-sideline range. They’ll need to pick up a quality linebacker or two in the draft or via FA. And every team is looking for help on the D-line to slow down the quick passing game.
Prospects to watch
D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi
Metcalf is an impressive physical specimen. He’s tall, he’s strong, and he’s fast. His ability massive size and wingspan should be a benefit for Jackson. Metcalf is coming off a neck injury, however, if he passes his physical with flying colors, no doubt he’s a first round talent.
Marvell Tell III, FS, USC
USC’s HC Clay Helton talks favorably about Tell and his growth over the past couple of seasons. Tell started learning how to read offenses and became a key communicator on the USC defense in 2017. In 2018, Tell continued to grow as a leader and coach on the field. His game knowledge and athleticism should make him a good prospect for the Ravens.
Connor McGovern, G/C, Penn State
At 6-5, 320, he’s a wide body with good feet. He can play center or guard which will add to his draft value. In 2018, he won the Penn State’s Dick Maginnis Memorial Award as the team’s most outstanding offensive lineman.
Karan Higdon, RB, Michigan
Higdon can play three downs. He can take it up the middle and squeeze out the tough yards. He adds additional value with his blocking skills. If the running back can block, then Jackson can stand in the pocket longer. For his career, Higdon totaled 2,616 yards and 27 touchdowns.
Players to Watch: C Nick Allegretti, Illinois; FS Deionte Thompson, Alabama; LB Jaylon Ferguson, La. Tech; WR Jazz Ferguson, Northwestern State; RB Darrell Henderson, Memphis; CB Michael Jackson, Miami; WR Reggie White, Jr., Monmouth (NJ); and LB Chase Winovich, Michigan.
General Manager: Eric DeCosta | Head Coach: John Harbaugh | Offensive Coordinator: Greg Roman | Defensive Coordinator: Don Martindale
Recent Top Draft selections:
2018: R1 Hayden Hurst TE | R1 Lamar Jackson QB
2017: R2 Tyus Bowser LB | R2 Chris Wormly DE
2016: R1 Ronnie Stanley OT |
R2 Kamalei Correa LB
R1 Breshad Perriman WR | R3 Maxx Williams TE