This is it, folks. My final Ravens mock ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft. For this mock, I’ve put together a class that is both realistic and, in my eyes, ideal. It fills the Ravens biggest needs, finds value across the rounds and lands some of my personal favorite prospects in Baltimore!
Enjoy it! And be sure to let me know whether you’d give it this Ravens mock an A or an A+.
1st (28): A.J. Epenesa, EDGE ~ Iowa
A.J. Epenesa is a 6’5”, 275-pound EDGE/iDL who played primarily as a 4-3 DE at Iowa. Epenesa was hugely productive and left school tied for 4th all-time in sacks at Iowa with 26.5. He sets a hard edge against the run and uses his power to walk offensive linemen back into the quarterback’s lap. With the Ravens, Epenesa would likely be used in multiple roles in Wink Martindale’s hybrid defense. On a defensive line that is increasingly “position-less”, Epenesa could line up at a 5T defensive end in the Ravens base 3-4 or as the end man on the line of scrimmage. Epenesa’s size and strength also make it likely that he’ll occasionally be tasked with sliding inside to rush the passer against guards in sub packages. With the 28th overall pick, the Ravens land a powerful, versatile pass rusher and my favorite player in the 2020 NFL Draft.
2nd (55): Tee Higgins, WR ~ Clemson
Tee Higgins is a long, tall WR who is a match up nightmare for opposing defenses. Higgins’ length and ball skills give him a distinct advantage on jump balls. His long strides and ridiculous body control make him a dangerous deep threat. With the Ravens, Higgins would likely play primarily as an outside WR. Higgins would give the Ravens another legitimate vertical threat who can stretch the field and take some pressure off Hollywood Brown.
2nd (60): Robert Hunt, iOL ~ Louisiana Lafayette
Robert Hunt is 6’5”, 323-pound offensive lineman who can play either guard or right tackle in the NFL. Hunt possesses great athleticism for his size and has the strength that the Ravens are looking for as they continue to try to build the biggest offensive line in the NFL. With the Ravens, Hunt would be expected to compete immediately for the starting RG job recently vacated by Marshal Yanda. If Hunt was not named the starting RG in 2020, his two seasons of experience at RT make him an excellent option to be the backup at multiple OL spots.
3rd (92): Logan Wilson, ILB ~ Wyoming
Logan Wilson is an athletic and well-rounded ILB who was hugely productive at Wyoming. Wilson’s game is predicated on fantastic fundamentals and a high football IQ that he uses to flood the stat sheet with tackles. His play recognition and athleticism allow him to be comfortable in zone and man coverage. With the Ravens, Wilson would join the ILB rotation and be expected to compete for the starting MIKE linebacker role immediately. A three-year captain at Wyoming, Wilson feels as much like a classic Ravens draft pick as any player in this class.
3rd (106): K’Von Wallace, S ~ Clemson
K’Von Wallace is talented defensive back with positional versatility. In the NFL, Wallace is best suited to play as in the slot matching up against RBs and TEs. With the Ravens, Wallace would see time as a matchup player in the slot and playing around the line of scrimmage on obvious passing downs. Wallace is an excellent blitzer and would be another weapon for a defensive coordinator who likes to bring pressure from all over the formation. Wallace was a team captain for a winning program and plays with a red-hot motor. He’d be an excellent fit in Baltimore.
4th (129): K.J. Hill, WR ~ Ohio State
K.J. Hill is a technical route runner with reliable hands. As Ohio State’s all-time leader in receptions, Hill has a ton of big game experience for a winning program and should transition seamlessly to the NFL game. Hill is excellent at working the middle of the field and finding weak points in the underneath zones. With the Ravens, Hill would play in the slot and have a chance to take over for Willie Snead who is a free agent after the season. Hill returned punts at Ohio State and could be asked to do the same in Baltimore.
4th (134): A.J. Dillon, RB ~ Boston College
A.J. Dillon is a 6’0”, 250-pound RB who was a workhorse in college. He burst onto the scene as a freshman All-American and never slowed down. He’s a big back who runs over smaller linebackers and adds invaluable yards after contact. With the Ravens, Dillon would start his career as the third or fourth option in an offense that runs the ball more than any team in the NFL. Dillon would provide quality depth and an excellent insurance policy. For a Ravens offense that can get out to big leads, Dillon could be the “closer” who would punish would be tacklers in the 4th quarter and take the life out of the opposing defense.
5th (170): Dalton Keene, TE ~ Virginia Tech
Dalton Keene is a versatile TE who was criminally underutilized at Virginia Tech and should be a better pro than he was college player. Keene possesses the size (6’4”, 253 lbs.) and speed (4.71 40) to be a quality NFL TE and a suitable replacement for Hayden Hurst. With the Ravens, Keene would be best utilized as a swiss army knife H-Back in their unique offense. Keene’s skillset and ability to line up in the slot, in line and in the backfield remind me of former Raven H-Back Kyle Juszczyk.
7th (225): Jon Runyan, OT ~ Michigan
Runyan is the son of the former Michigan and NFL Pro Bowl RT Jon Runyan. The younger Runyan, a two-year starter at LT for the Wolverines, will most likely slide inside to play guard in the NFL. With the Ravens, Runyan would be a developmental prospect who would start his career as a backup at multiple positions along the OL. Given some time, Runyan could prove to be an excellent option to replace James Hurst in Baltimore.