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Post-Super Bowl Mock Drafts Target Offensive Weapons for Ravens

February 05, 2019 - 8:12 am
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By Joe Schiller

The 2018 NFL season is officially in the books and we’re headed to the offseason.

The month of February may seem like a dull period but things will soon begin to ramp back up. Free agency and the NFL Draft are right around the corner, which means one thing.

Mock drafts.

The Ravens hold the No. 22 pick come late April. With Eric DeCosta as the new general manager, speculation is already beginning to form around who he might select with his first pick.

Sure, can mock drafts become oversaturated but draft gurus give valuable insight on college football’s biggest stars and their best fits at the professional level.

Here’s a look at five different mock drafts, predicting which player the Ravens will select in the first round


Matt Miller, Bleacher Report

D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

“One of the keys to helping a quarterback without great accuracy is to give him speed to stretch the field vertically or size with an extended catch radius. Metcalf (6'4", 230 lbs) will give Lamar Jackson that big, long target he needs on the outside to haul in passes that might not hit the mark.”

Wide receiver tops the list of needs for the Ravens this offseason and what better way to fill it than in the first round? Metcalf would provide Lamar Jackson with big-bodied target in the passing game. As Miller noted, Metcalf’s catch radius is appealing, especially as Jackson continues to improve as a passer.

There are concerns about Metcalf’s health. He played just seven games before missing the rest of the 2018 season with a neck injury. While he was recent cleared for football activities, that kind of injury could signal a red flag for the Ravens’ front office.


Dan Kadar, SB Nation

Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

“There are a few teams in the back half of the first round that could be targeting Jacobs. The Ravens could be the first one if they don’t see Gus Edwards or Kenneth Dixon as lead backs. Jacobs is a strong but agile runner who is hard to bring down.”

This is interesting. The Ravens finished second in the NFL last season with 152.6 rushing yards per game – most of which came with Lamar Jackson under center. With Greg Roman now as the offensive coordinator, the Ravens are expected to be committed to the run but lack a true home run-hitting back.

Jacobs is an impressive talent out of Alabama and totaled 640 rushing yards, along with 11 touchdowns during his junior season. He has size (5-10, 216 pounds) and physicality to fit Roman’s system. The question becomes – does DeCosta have the same love affair for Alabama players as his front office counterpart, Ozzie Newsome?

 

Joe Marino, The Draft Network/Tom Fornelli, CBS Sports

Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State​

Marino: “[Harmon] is an alpha at the catch point, has good length and dominant ball skills … Given the quick passing game and running ability of Jackson, having Harmon in the mix to secure blocks on the perimeter and down the field makes him an even more enticing option for the Ravens.

Fornelli: “The Ravens can't run the 2018 NFL version of the single wing forever if they want Jackson to last, and having a weapon like Harmon would go a long way to helping his development as a passer. Harmon is a big target that can fight for balls -- something that could help given Jackson's accuracy issues -- and he's quick enough to get deep too.”

Get used to seeing wide receivers mocked to the Ravens and Harmon is another player to keep an eye on. He’s a proven target out of NC State and totaled back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons during his sophomore and junior years.

Both Marino and Fornelli praised Harmon’s ball skills. It’s an important trait the Ravens will look to acquire after recording the worst catch rate as a wide receiver unit last season, per Pro Football Focus. Harmon’s blocking skills are just as important as any receiver in Roman’s offensive system will be asked to do that.

 

Luke Easterling, USA Today

N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

“The Lamar Jackson era has officially begun in Baltimore, and the Ravens need to build a better supporting cast around their new franchise quarterback. First on the list? Finding him a true No. 1 receiver, with the big frame and complete skill set Harry brings to the table.”

If you didn’t stay up to watch late-night Pac 12 games during the college football season, chances are you aren’t familiar with N’Keal Harry. Get used to hearing that name associated with the Ravens.

Harry made some insane acrobatic catches throughout the 2018 season and at 6-4, fits the mold as a No. 1 receiver. Much like they did last year with Calvin Ridley and D.J. Moore, the Ravens will have their pick with a trio of talented wide receivers towards the end of the first round.