The first round of the 2020 NFL Draft went about as well as it could have for the Ravens.
They not only did they not have to make a trade to move up in the draft, one of the best linebackers in the class in Patrick Queen fell right into their laps at the 28th pick which filled the team's biggest need.
Despite a successful first day, the most significant part of the 2020 draft for the Ravens will come Friday when four of their nine picks are scheduled to be turned in. The team has two in the second round, at No. 55 and 60 overall, and two in the third round at No. 92 and 106.
“I think it’s wide open,” DeCosta said of the draft’s second day. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for the club. I think John (Harbaugh) and I, and Ozzie (Newsome) and Joe (Hortiz) and ‘Wink’ (Don Martindale) and Greg Roman and everybody else, we see great potential to improve the team. And, I love the board. I love the players available. I think you have some offensive linemen that we like. I think there are some receivers and defensive linemen that we like.”
While the Ravens addressed their biggest need on the roster, other significant areas of concern still stand out.
The Ravens’ interior offensive line has major question marks throughout the depth chart with the health of Matt Skura and the experience, or lack thereof, of Ben Powers and Patrick Mekari. Even the tackle position could use a younger swing tackle to backup Ronnie Stanley and Orlando Brown Jr.
DeCosta might have to use two, or even three, picks on the offensive line at some point on Friday and Saturday. If that’s the case, it's a safe bet at last one offensive lineman will be picked Friday night.
Players left for Friday night include D’Andre Swift, J.K. Dobbins, Jonathan Taylor, Cam Akers, Michael Pittman Jr., Tee Higgins, Cole Kmet, Ezra Cleveland, Ross Blacklock, AJ Epensa, Yetur Gross-Matos, Zack Baun, Trevon Diggs, Xavier McKinney, Grant Delpit, Antoine Winfield Jr.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 24, 2020
Tee Higgins and Michael Pittman Jr. are still available at wide receiver, as are Laviska Shenault Jr., KJ Hamler and Chase Claypool.
Of course, the Ravens could also add another running back to the mix in JK Dobbins, Jonathan Taylor, D’Andre Swift or Cam Akers to strengthen one of the strongest units on the Ravens’ roster already.
On the defensive side of the ball, the team’s biggest weakness at inside linebacker has already been addressed with Queen, but with Curtis Weaver (Boise State) and Bradlee Anae (Utah) on the board, the Ravens could add another pass-rusher.
While depth in the secondary, specifically safety, isn’t out of the question, it’s certainly not the biggest need left to fill.
No matter which directions the Ravens go with their four picks Friday night, they can take comfort in the fact they’ve already filled their biggest need with their top selection.
“I think it’s a strong group available,” DeCosta said. “So, we’ll reassess the board. But there are like 25 or 30 players right now that I think can really contribute right away for us next year. We’re going to get two of those guys. If I can do a good job and we are right in our assessment on these players, which I believe we are, there is no reason why we can’t have a slam dunk day tomorrow.”
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