With Round 1 in the books, what can we expect from Eric DeCosta and the Ravens on Day 2 of the draft? Our guys give their best guesses here…
— Eric DeCosta will come away with the always in-demand wideout in Round 2. The top guys left on the board – Pittman, Higgins and Mims – are all excellent value and complementary options to Hollywood Brown. Shenault is a less refined WR but presents a Percy Harvin/Deebo Samuel type of addition in Greg Roman’s motion and movement-based scheme.
— The fanbase has had some nervous energy going into the draft since the offense wasn’t tackled aggressively in free agency. The front office will use most their Day 2 picks to fortify their offense and calm some nerves.
— By the end of the night, the Ravens will have improved their playmaking ability, explosiveness, and team speed across the board. This is always a chief concern (catch the hidden pun if you can).
— The Ravens are poised to have another huge day in the draft. with four picks — No. 55, No. 60, No. 92 and No. 106 (compensatory) — on Day 2. This also gives DeCosta the flexibility to make some trades either up or down the board.
— The Ravens will be targeting wide receivers (i.e. Jalen Reagor, Michael Pittman, or Bryan Edwards), offensive linemen (Ben Bartch, Tyler Biadasz, or Logan Stenberg) and perhaps an edge rusher (Alex Highsmith, Jabari Zuniga, or Jason Strowbridge). These are all areas of need that should happen to gibe with DeCosta’s overall draft board.
— Some of the Ravens’ most recent notable second and third-round picks include Mark Andrews, Orlando Brown Jr. and Jaylon Ferguson.
— Eric DeCosta will become aggressive, trading up early in the second round to get ‘his guy’ at WR.
— Fans will hope that after getting a wideout, iOL Robert Hunt will fall to Baltimore’s next pick. He won’t, going before they would have even selected at 55.
— The Ravens fill each of their remaining needs, with the picks in order being WR, EDGE, IOL.
What a strange first round. A lot of players that teams were high on ended up pushing a lot of guys that should have been first-rounders into day two. With four picks, Baltimore is in prime position to add guys that can be instant contributors.
However we are talking bold predictions, so why not go bold, right?
–If Grant Delpit, Kristian Fulton, or Xavier McKinney are there at 55, Baltimore should pounce. Why not make your strength stronger?
— Wide Receiver should be the prime target, but the teams in front of Baltimore also need pass catching help. While it might not be a pick people would like, Laviska Shenault will add a dynamic that only a team like Baltimore can use. Michael Pittman would be great, but I think teams will recognize how good he is, and he wont make it to Baltimore.
–Julian Okwara was my second ranked edge rusher behind the obvious, he would be the perfect pick at 60, and I think Baltimore will say the same thing.
— Baltimore will not rush an iOL today, will wait t see who falls into day three, even with limited capital.
There are some notable names that were worthy of first round picks still on the board. Players like D’Andre Swift, A.J. Epenesa, Ross Blacklock, and several others. DeCosta may consider trading up if they covet one of those players. However I believe they will sit tight and see who falls to them such as receivers like Michael Pittman or Tee Higgins.
Edge rushers to keep an eye on in the 2nd and 3rd rounds are Bradlee Anae and Josh Uche. Slot corner Amik Robertson is another name to keep an eye on and one of my favorite players in the draft. Let’s face it: Tavon Young hasn’t been the model of durability. I also think they will land an offensive lineman tonight such as Robert Hunt or Lloyd Cushenberry.
They can still hold off on an offensive lineman but I’m nearly certain a pass rusher and receiver will get drafted tonight.
The Ravens don’t land a player at one of the biggest “needs.” They will grab an iDL (pass rushing threat) with one of their day 2 picks. I also believe that Eric will make a trade tonight!
One of these guys will be a Raven: Marlon Davidson, Ross Blacklock, Neville Gallimore, Justin Madubuike, or Jordan Elliott.
Looking forward to the crazy day 2.