The Duel

Bold Predictions for the Ravens Heading into the NFL Draft

Zach Brunner
Three bold predictions for the Ravens heading into draft day.
Three bold predictions for the Ravens heading into draft day. / Patrick Smith/Getty Images
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The Baltimore Ravens were the most dominant team during the 2019 NFL regular season, but they were caught by surprise in the postseason against a team capable of exploiting their biggest defensive weakness, ending their season early. With a whopping total of nine draft picks, the Ravens have the ability to add a lot of young talent to an already scary roster.

With that in mind, here are three bold predictions for the Ravens heading into the NFL Draft.

Ravens NFL Draft Predictions

1. Ravens Draft One Defensive Player in First Two Days

Kenneth Murray looks to be an early target of the Ravens.
Kenneth Murray looks to be an early target of the Ravens. / Brett Deering/Getty Images

The Ravens have five draft picks in the first three rounds, and they are expected to go linebacker with their first-round selection. After that, we may not see the Ravens target a defensive player until the fourth or fifth round after the way this organization addressed defense in free agency.

2. Ravens Draft Two Running Backs by Round 6

Mark Ingram turns 31 next season.
Mark Ingram turns 31 next season. / Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Baltimore's ground game wasn't a weakness last season, in fact, it was arguably the Ravens' biggest strength. Still, Mark Ingram is their top running back and turns 31 years old toward the end of next season. His best years are likely behind him, and Baltimore does not have as much talent behind him at the RB position as it needs. Especially since the Ravens aren't suited to suddenly become a passing team if Ingram is injured. Look for them to target a couple different running backs and have a crowded backfield ahead of next season.

3. Ravens Make No Trades

Eric DeCosta could stay put and not trade.
Eric DeCosta could stay put and not trade. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images

With nine draft picks and already having a team worthy to contend for a Super Bowl, the expectation is that Baltimore would package some draft picks together in order to trade up and specifically target players, or trade to gain assets for next year. However, with such a deep draft class at multiple positions, it's easy to see the Ravens could stay put and draft nine players, creating significant competition for Training Camp in hopes of elevating this team's level of play from last season.


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