Big Board Breakdown: WR & RB

Ravens Draft Central From Toyota Big Board Breakdown: WR & RB

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When #DraftSzn meets #QuarantineSzn you’re bound to get flooded with NFL Draft coverage (since it’s the only sporting event still in the works for the foreseeable future…I’m not crying! You’re crying!). 

As such, some of your favorite Ravens Draft Central fellas decided to take a stab at the big board game, and today we start with a glaring need for the Ravens (wideout) and a depth need/wish list depending on who you ask (running back).

That’s enough chatter, let’s see the damn lists!

Wide Receiver

Matt Wise (@TheMattWise)

1. CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma

2. Jerry Jeudy, Bama

3. Henry Ruggs III, Bama

4. Justin Jefferson, LSU

5. Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State

6. Tee Higgins, Clemson

7. Denzel Mims, Baylor

8. Jalen Reagor, TCU

9. K.J. Hamler, Penn State

10. Laviska Shenault, Colorado

Thoughts, Mr. Wise?

“The Top-3 WRs in the 2020 Draft class are not up for debate. After that, opinions vary widely. I am higher on Tee Higgins than most. Higgins is a highly successful player who comes from one of the best WR development programs in the country and found success on the biggest stages. Higgins’ unremarkable testing numbers shouldn’t overshadow over what he has put on tape. The Ravens should take advantage of a better-than-average WR class by targeting a WR with one of their four Day 2 picks.”

Jake Vogel (@RealJakeVogel)

1. CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma

2. Henry Ruggs III, Bama

3. Jerry Jeudy, Bama

4. Justin Jefferson, LSU

5. Denzel Mims, Baylor

6. Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State

7. Jalen Reagor, TCU

8. K.J. Hamler, Penn State

9. Michael Pittman Jr, USC

10. Laviska Shenault, Colorado

What say you, Jake?

“My rankings are pretty close to status quo, but everybody has their guys or players they are lower on than the consensus. Higgins just missed out on being a top 10 receiver for me. He is a good player, but with a class this good and deep, I went some other guys that fit in with Ravens slightly better. This 2020 NFL draft class showcases an awesome receiver group; all of these top 10 players at the receiver position will be picked within the first three rounds.”

Adam Bonaccorsi (@AdamBMore)

1. CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma

2. Jerry Jeudy, Bama

3. Henry Ruggs III, Bama

4. Justin Jefferson, LSU

5. Denzel Mims, Baylor

6. Michael Pittman Jr., USC

7. Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State

8. Jalen Reagor, TCU

9. Tee Higgins, Clemson

10. Laviska Shenault, Colorado

Explain yourself, AB!

“I’m sure to have Pittman Jr. higher than most, although I still see him as a mid-2nd round player that the Ravens could target in the second round with pick 55. His combination of size, route running, blocking ability & ST contributions make Pittman an all-around contributor that I covet. BIG TIME. It’s also likely my disdain for Shenault puts him lower than others… it’s all about injury risk for me & concerns over ability to generate separation. I’d be content with him at R2P60, but no earlier.”

[See All Our Prospect Breakdowns at Ravens Draft Central]

Running Back

Matt Wise

1. DeAndre Swift, Georgia

2. Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin

3. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU

4. J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State

5. Cam Akers, Florida State

6. A.J. Dillon, Boston College

7. Zack Moss, Utah

8. Darrynton Evans, Appalachian State

9. Eno Benjamin, Arizona State

10. Antonio Gibson, Memphis

Thoughts, Mr. Wise?

“There is a little bit of everything in the running back group of the 2020 NFL Draft class. D’Andre Swift should be a 1st round pick and the group after him is very deep. A.J. Dillon is one of my absolute favorite prospects in this class. The Boston College product is a 6 ft, 250 pounder who ran a 4.53-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Dillon has been criminally underrated as a result of his heavy workload in college, but a fall down the board could make him an excellent value pick for a Ravens team with which he would be a perfect fit.

Jake Vogel

1. DeAndre Swift, Georgia

2. Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin

3. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU

4. J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State

5. Cam Akers, Florida State

6. Zack Moss, Utah

7. A.J. Dillon, Boston College

8. Eno Benjamin, Arizona State

9. Anthony McFarland, Maryland

10. Darrynton Evans, Appalachian State

What say you, Jake?

“The top 4 running backs in this class are pretty much agreed upon. After that is a pick your favorite players by style of play and scheme fits. For the Ravens, I really like a guy that resembles Derrick Henry – A.J. Dillon. Dillon is a big, physically imposing running back. Pair him with Justice Hill and Lamar Jackson and there is a 3-man running group that complements each other better than most RB rooms. Lamar will eventually take less of a load carrying the ball, but while he still has juice it would be ideal to add the thunder type RB (Dillon) to the lightning (Hill) and the shake & bake that Lamar brings. “

Adam Bonaccorsi

1. DeAndre Swift, Georgia

2. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU

3. Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin

4. J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State

5. Zack Moss, Utah

6. Cam Akers, Florida State

7. Lamical Perine, Florida

8. Antonio Gibson, Memphis

9. A.J. Dillon, Boston College

10. Anthony McFarland, Maryland

Explain yourself, AB!

” So Taylor drops to 3 for me for one big reason: fumblitis… 17 fumbles in 41 games is an alarming rate that I would hesitate to use an early pick on. Edwards-Helaire on the other hand? I see shades of prime Ray Rice (all 5′ 8″ of him) and I L-O-V-E it. Diminutive, shifty, pass-catching back that can beat you a myriad of ways. He’s a close 1B to Swift at 1A for me… Other notables would be Lamical Perine at 7, who I think will be a better pro than he was with Florida, and why am I the one with Dillon so low? I simply think he’s redundant to what we have in Gus Edwards already .”

Who wins the the Big Boards for Wide Receiver and Running Back? How would you rank the position groups? 

Let us know in the comment section! It’s not like you’re doing much else during this quarantine…

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