This draft was huge for the Ravens as they were looking to go all in on building the team around Lamar Jackson. That meant shoring up the middle of the offensive line and giving him weapons to throw to. Our Baltimore Ravens 2019 NFL Draft Review takes a look at each of these picks, provides an overall grade while looking at the best and worst picks.
Baltimore Ravens 2019 NFL Draft Review
1st Round, Pick #25: Marquise Brown WR Oklahoma
While I like Marquise Brown, I’m not really loving his fit here with the Ravens. Sure Brown has elite speed and he’ll be able to take advantage of Lamar Jackson’s strong arm. However Jackson is much more accurate throwing the ball over the middle than he is to the sideline. Plus Brown is a smaller target and Jackson isn’t overly accurate. I like the player and value, but I think they could have gone with a better scheme fit.
3rd Round, Pick #85: Jaylon Ferguson DE Louisiana Tech
It’s only fitting that the Baltimore Ravens replace Terrell Suggs with the player who broke his NCAA record for most career sacks. And much like Suggs, Ferguson didn’t test well athletically coming into the draft which caused him to fall down the draft boards. But Ferguson does have a knack for getting to the quarterback and the Ravens really need someone to fill Suggs shoes.
3rd Round, Pick #93: Miles Boykin WR Notre Dame
It wasn’t until his performance at the Combine that got everybody’s attention. There Boykin showed off good speed along with good times in the change of direction drills. However on tape Boykin was only used as a deep threat on the outside. Baltimore has to hope they can develop Boykin as a route runner who can use his size and long arms to win contested catches. Because if they can’t, they basically got the same receiver as Marquise Brown but just a bit bigger, not someone who can work the middle of the field and help move the chains. Being that this pick was in the third round and not the second it’s more tolerable.
4th Round, Pick #113: Justice Hill RB Oklahoma State
With Mark Ingram being the featured back and Gus Edwards being the pounder between the tackles, the Ravens needed someone with some juice to reel off big plays and be a weapon in the pass game. That fits exactly what Hill can do. Heading into this draft he was one running back that I thought could play the Alvin Kamara role (not as talented) and make an immediate impact. If used properly the Ravens could get a steal here.
4th Round, Pick #123: Ben Powers G Oklahoma
The fourth round may have been a bit early for Powers in my books, but this interior offensive line class is relatively weak so Powers going a round early isn’t that big of a deal. Baltimore needs to add some depth to the interior as Marshal Yanda is near retirement and Alex Lewis has had trouble staying healthy. Powers has enough short area burst and strong hands to be able to lock down defensive tackles, but his upside is a rotational player.
4th Round, Pick #127: Iman Marshall CB USC
Cornerback is a strength for the team but Brandon Carr and Jimmy Smith won’t be around much longer. Marshall has good size and is aggressive, but lacks the speed and quickness that is needed to start. He could be a nice depth player or someone that could move to safety at some point.
5th Round, Pick #160: Daylon Mack DT Texas A&M
I’m not sure how much Mack fits into the Ravens scheme since he is short (6’1), squatty and thrives when asked to attack a gap. But the former 5 Star recruit has flashed some dominance and in the 5th round the Ravens have to be hoping their culture can get the most out of him as a sub package pass rusher.
6th Round, Pick #197: Trace McSorley QB Penn State
McSorley was drafted solely as the backup because his skills set as a runner and throw allows the Ravens to maintain the same offense if Lamar Jackson goes down win an injury. The problem that I have with this pick is McSorley is not a good quarterback. Sure Penn State had success with him and he was an accomplished runner, but he is just not an accurate thrower. I would have have much rather drafted Tyree Jackson out of Buffalo who has more upside, but McSorley is someone who could come in and play right away if needed while Jackson needs time to develop. Being a 6th round pick makes this more stomachable.
Overall Grade: C
Best Pick: Justice Hill
Biggest Upside: Daylon Mack
Biggest Reach: Ben Powers