2020 NFL Draft: Grading the draft class from all 32 teams
The Baltimore Ravens needed to make sure they had more weapons at receiver for quarterback Lamar Jackson other than the speedy Marquise Brown. A replacement for the retired Marshal Yanda at guard wouldn’t go awry either.
Defensively, some pass-rushing upgrades in the defensive line were needed.
2020 NFL Draft class
- No. 28: Patrick Queen, Linebacker, LSU
- No. 55: J.K. Dobbins, Running Back, Ohio State
- No. 71: Justin Madubuike, Defensive Tackle, Texas A&M
- No. 92: Devin Duvernay, Wide Receiver, Texas
- No. 98: Malik Harrison, Linebacker, Ohio State
- No. 106: Tyre Phillips, Guard, Mississippi State
- No. 143: Ben Bredeson, Guard, Michigan
- No. 170: Broderick Washington, Defensive Tackle, Texas Tech
- No. 201: James Proche, Wide Receiver, SMU
- No. 219: Geno Stone, Safety, Iowa
The easiest job in football is to draft for the Baltimore Ravens.
Every single year a disgustingly large array of steals falls to them and they’re smart enough to snap them up. This year, the Ravens had 10 picks in the NFL Draft and hit on nearly all of them. Their first two days were among the best you’ll ever seen in sheer value:
Patrick Queen had no right falling to No. 28. He can start right away and be a 10-year starter in Baltimore.
Dobbins somehow slid to No. 55 and provides more explosive pace and will thrives in Baltimore’s option offense. The Ravens had to keep pace with the offensive firepower of Kansas City and did so here.
They then got Justin Madubuike in the third round who could have been a dark-horse Thursday night pick. He’s a disruptive force who had no right falling and fills a huge defensive need in the trenches.
Then they got Devin Duvernay, a productive receiver who’s a talented athlete and can be their long-term slot receiver. Yet another weapon for Jackson.
Then they got Malik Harrison, a talented linebacker out of Ohio State who fit the range and bolsters their front seven.
Finally, they plugged their biggest offensive need at guard with Tyre Phillips.
All of their third-day picks were good value, too. They could get some instant production from Ben Bredeson and James Proche especially.
This was masterful drafting. If every player lives up to the potential they have, it could be an all-time NFL Draft class. It’s that good.