Big Board Breakdown: iOL & iLB

Ravens Draft Central From Toyota Big Board Breakdown: iOL & iLB

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Yesterday Ravens Draft Central gave you some insight into their top-10 ranked wide receivers & running backs. We’ll keep that offensive train going as we take a look at the interior offensive line big boards, then flip the field to the defense where they’ll rank the top-10 inside linebackers – two major positions of need for the Ravens as they look to strengthen their roster through the 2020 NFL Draft. 

How close are their lists? 

Let’s take a gander…

(Click on players with links for our Prospect Profile!)

Interior Offensive Line

Jake Vogel (@RealJakeVogel)

1. Cesar Ruiz, Michigan

2. Lloyd Cushenberry, LSU

3. Jonah Jackson, Ohio State

4. Robert Hunt, Louisianna Lafayette

5. Matt Hennessy, Temple

6. Matthew Peart, UConn

7. Nick Harris, Washington

8. Logan Stenberg, Kentucky

9. Shane Lemieux, Oregon

10. Ben Bredeson, Michigan

Analysis: “I have Matthew (Matt) Peart pretty high in my iOL big board, which is different than most big boards, however for the Ravens it fits. Peart is a stud and has the flexibility to play at OT and at OG, but for Baltimore he could come in as a strong starting candidate at guard.”

Cole Jackson (@ColeJacksonRSR)

1. Cesar Ruiz, Michigan

2. Lloyd Cushenberry, LSU

3. Ben Bredeson, Michigan

4. Robert Hunt, Louisiana Lafayette

5. Matt Hennessy, Temple

6. Nick Harris, Washington

7. Shane Lemieux, Oregon

8. Matt Peart, UConn

9. Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin

10. John Simpson, Clemson

Analysis: “It’s a very good year if there is a team looking for a center, as 4 college centers find a spot in my top 6. Ben Bredeson has been my guy all through the draft process. His tape is rock solid and his consistency is the key to his success. Robert Hunt brings a significant upside to the LG position, but also possesses the ability to kick outside if needed and would be a great asset to the Ravens. Key things im looking for is a combination of power, quickness and technique, as the Ravens run a diverse scheme that mixes gap and zone concepts.”

Matt Wise (@TheMattWise)

1. Cesar Ruiz, Michigan

2. Matt Hennessy, Temple

3. Robert Hunt, Louisiana Lafayette

4. Lloyd Cushenberry, LSU

5. Jonah Jackson, Ohio State

6. Ben Bredeson, Michigan

7. Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin

8. John Simpson, Clemson

9. Netane Muti, Fresno State

10. Nick Harris, Washington

Analysis: “This is a good year to need a center in the draft. Half of my Top 10 would be best suited to play center at the next level. With the retirement of Marshal Yanda and Matt Skura in the middle of recovering from a serious injury, the Ravens may look to add an interior offensive line sooner rather than later in the draft. Muti and Simpson are people-movers who would be good fits in the Ravens offense and could be options with one of their two 3rd round picks.”

Adam Bonaccorsi (@AdamBMore)

1. Cesar Ruiz, Michigan

2. Lloyd Cushenberry, LSU

3. Robert Hunt, Louisiana Lafayette

4. Matt Hennessy, Temple

5. Jonah Jackson, Ohio State

6. Ben Bredeson, Michigan

7. Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin

8. Nick Harris, Washington

9. John Simpson, Clemson

10. Netane Muti, Fresno State

Analysis: “While these are my top 10 iOL in this draft, I’m focusing more on OG play than center play, as I think the Ravens’ depth at C (Skura, Mekari, Bozeman) is plenty. With that said, I think either of Hunt/Bredeson has the ability to step right into the LG role, with Powers taking over for Yanda at RG. Beyond that, I think we’re looking strictly at depth/developmental guys, which leads me to believe the Ravens address iOL before Round 2 ends (top 3 picks).”

Inside Linebacker

Jake Vogel

1. Isaiah Simmons, Clemson

2. Patrick Queen, LSU

3. Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma

4. Malik Harrison, Ohio State

5. Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech

6. Akeem Davis-Gaither, Appalachian State

7. Troy Dye, Oregon

8. Logan Wilson Wyoming

9. Willie Gay Jr., Mississippi State

10. Joe Bachie Jr., Michigan State

Cole Jackson

1. Isaiah Simmons, Clemson

2. Patrick Queen, LSU

3. Malik Harrison, Ohio State

4. Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma

5. Troy Dye, Oregon

6. Akeem Davis-Gaither, Appalachian State

7. Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech

8. Joe Bachie Jr., Michigan State

9. David Woodward, Utah State

10. Evan Weaver, California

Analysis: “Instincts and play responsibility are the two things that I’m looking for the most in ILB. You can be athletic all the live-long day, but if you can’t do those two things it’s just going to be too hard to be effective in the NFL. Those traits give guys like Joe Bachie Jr. and David Woodward a big bump in my books.”

Matt Wise

1. Isaiah Simmons, Clemson

2.Patrick Queen, LSU

3. Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma

4. Malik Harrison, Ohio State

5. Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech

6. Troy Dye, Oregon

7. Akeem Davis-Gaither, Appalachian State

8. Logan Wilson, Wyoming

9. Evan Weaver, California

10. David Woodward, Utah State

Analysis: “Isaiah Simmons is a unicorn and a Top 5 talent in this draft class. Patrick Queen and Kenneth Murray should be options for the Ravens at the tail end of the 1st round and Malik Harrison is a strong option for one of the Ravens’ two 2nd round picks. Wilson and Davis-Gaither are strong options in the middle rounds.”

Adam Bonaccorsi

1. Isaiah Simmons, Clemson

2. Patrick Queen, LSU

3. Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma

4. Malik Harrison, Ohio State

5. Troy Dye, Oregon

6. Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech

7. David Woodward, Utah State

8. Akeem Davis-Gaither, Appalachian State

9. Logan Wilson, Wyoming

10. Evan Weaver, California

Analysis: “I think the top-4 of Simmons/Queen/Murray/Harrison are a consensus at this juncuture, with minor deviations. Beyond that it gets fun, and it’s really dependent upon what teams are looking for a iLB responsibility- coverage, run stuffing, a good blend of proactive vs reactive, sideline-to-sideline speed, etc. Honestly? I think Dye, Brooks or Woodward would be just as welcomed additions to the starting lineup as the top four guys in the group. Beyond that, there’s some limitations that concern me if we’re looking for a true plug & play.”

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