Who I Selected While Ravens Were On The Clock For Each Pick In 2020
Apr 26, 2020
I’ve written this article after each draft for the past couple of years and it’s a fun exercise to see how things pan out. Do the Ravens picks or my picks end up being better overall? We won’t fully know until a few years from now, but it’s a great way to document decisions and learn what went well and what didn’t. And many times, we can see a star player in the making by the end of his rookie year. Let’s get right to it. Here are the players I selected when the Ravens were on the clock for each pick of the 2020 NFL draft. I selected these players prior to hearing the Ravens choice in order to keep it fair.
Round 1 Pick #28 – Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
This was a tough choice for me. I was really hoping that we could land Kenneth Murray at inside linebacker, as he filled a huge need and I had him as my 10th overall rated player on my board. I am not sold on Patrick Queen at all, as he’s undersized, struggles to shed blocks, gets pushed around in the run game, struggle to diagnose plays quickly, and misses tackles too often. He was not an option for me in the first round. Once Murray came off the board, I preferred to trade back, as I had a couple guys I was looking to target and had them rated pretty closely together (Tee Higgins and Denzel Mims). It looked to me like the Ravens also tried to trade back, as they ran the clock pretty far down before finally making a pick. Since we didn’t trade back, I went ahead and took the best player left on my board in Tee Higgins. He also fills a huge need as the #1 big bodied receiver we need in this offense. He’s 6’4 and 216 pounds. He’s physical, has a huge catch radius, uses his position well to box out, and wins in the red zone or along the sidelines in jump ball situations. He doesn’t have elite speed by any means, but his speed is respectable. He runs solid routes, beats press coverage well, is a very good blocker, and has reliable hands. The main knock on Higgins is that he doesn’t get a ton of separation, but he seems to make up for that with great route running and using position and size to go up and beat his man. The Ravens did address the receiver position later with a couple of blazing speedsters with good hands (Devin Duvernay and James Proche, so I love what they did at wide receiver later in the draft.
Round 2 Pick #55 - Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
This decision was really tough for me. I was down to Denzel Mims or JK Dobbins. Dobbins was the last remaining elite running back on my list and a perfect fit for the Ravens with Mark Ingram only having a few years left. Dobbins would also provide speed and elusiveness that Ingram doesn’t quite have. Mims has prototypical size and speed at 6’3” 207 pounds. He has elite athleticism to go along with the second fastest 40 time of 4.38. His flashes of skills on tape show that he can be an elite wide receiver in this league. He is also a bit raw, as he needs to improve footwork and really be coached through some techniques that aren’t there yet. With the Ravens issues to develop wide receivers, there was a bit of hesitation, but I wanted to be aggressive and finally go after another ideal outside receiver for the Ravens. The idea of prototypical 6’3” and 6’4” athletic receivers with Tee Higgins and Denzel Mims on the outside and Hollywood Brown using his blazing speed out of the slot was something I wanted to make happen. I thought we could wait on a running back until later in this draft or be just fine with Ingram, Edwards, and Hill this year and then draft another good running back next year.
Overall, I love the Dobbins pick and he was the other guy I wanted to select here along with Mims. Dobbins will be a star at running back for the NFL’s best rushing attack for many years to come.
Round 3 Pick #71 - Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma
I really like Justin Madubuike as a pass rushing specialist for the Ravens. We need a pass rusher badly and he fits the bill. I had Neville Gallimore rated higher than Madubuike since he’s about 10 punds heavier with more strength and run stuffing abilities. Madubuike is a bit smaller and has a hard time anchoring to stop the run. Gallimore is also a pretty impressive pass rusher and is just slightly below Madubuike in that department. His main strength is his impressive get-off and pass rushing ability. He uses excellent and violent hands to shed blocks and has some really nice rip/swim/spin moves. Gallimore also has a unique ability as a big man to hug turns as a pass rusher. His hips look good and he shows nice lateral mobility. Instincts are impressive and he seems to have a nose for the ball. Overall, I think Gallimore is a better well rounder player and can be a 3 down defensive tackle. For those reasons, I would have preferred Gallimore with this selection.
Round 3 Pick # 92 - Solomon Kindley, G, Georgia
I really like what the Ravens did by finding speedy playmakers with excellent hands in the middle rounds after choosing to let some talented first and second rounders go. Duvernay is an excellent choice here and I love the pick. I decided to go Solomon Kindley here and address the hole at guard after Marshal Yanda’s retirement. He is a monster of a man, checking in at 337 pounds. He is extremely strong inside, has a super solid anchor, handles very well at point of attack, and fairly earns the ‘mauler’ label. Kindley plays hard every snap, and that should not be underestimated. He does have heavy feet and subpar balance and lateral mobility, which is most likely tied to his weight and is a reason he needs to drop about 15 pounds. He is pretty good in pass protection, however he does reach when he loses a step, as he has a hard time recovering. He also has a hard time getting to or doing anything at the second level. Kindley handled Quinnen Williams pretty well last year and has shown a ton of upside. If he drops 15 pounds and really gets his footwork and lateral mobility figured out, he will be a beast. Even with the concerns, I still think he’s provides excellent value here because of his massive upside.
Round 3 Pick #98 - Tyler Biadasz, C, Wisconsin
I really like the Ravens selection of Malik Harrison here. He slipped to the 3rd round because he’s not very fast and has issues moving well laterally. But he has great size and is a solid tackler who can hit hard. He reads plays quickly and gets to his gap right away. He can also shed blocks and anchor down in the run game. He’s the perfect compliment to Patrick Queen. Looking back, I think the Ravens were right to take Harrison here. While on the clock, I took Tyler Biadasz. He has good size and strength. He is an excellent run blocker and that is well evidenced on film as he opened up consistent holes for the best running back in college football in Jonathan Taylor. Biadasz is a nasty farmboy who loves to maul through his man. His anchor is impressive, he plays with great pad level, has quick feet and good lateral mobility. The way he sustains blocks and seals off running lanes is outstanding. Tyler is just an ok athlete and is not the fastest guy to the second level, but other than that, it’s hard to knock his game. He is also a good pass blocker. We need more help on the offensive line and Biadasz would make a great fit.
Round 3 Pick #106 - Tyler Johnson, WR, Minnesota
Tyre Phillips was outside of my top 200 and I look at him as a bust. I also thought Tyler Johnson was being severely underrated due to not attending the NFL combine. He was flying under the radar. Tyler Johnson shows good size at 6’1” 206lbs. His speed and acceleration are good, but he’s definitely not the fastest guy. What Johnson lacks in speed, he makes up for with great footwork and solid route running. He has great hands, catches passes in traffic, consistently wins jump balls, knows how to use position and box out, and is a strong red zone threat. He seems to excel out of the slot. I know we already took Higgins and Mims here and another receiver seems like overkill, but I want to be aggressive and load up on high upside wide receivers. If Higgins or Mims struggle, Tyler Johnson can jump in the slot and Hollywood can run outside. Give me receiver talent and let the best 3 start. Remember, we ran Miles Boykin, Willie Snead, Seth Roberts, and Chris Moore as starting wide receivers last year. We can’t draft too many receivers to replace that below average squad.
Round 4 Pick # 143 - Prince Tega Wanogho, T, Auburn
The Ravens took Ben Bredeson at guard with this pick and he was right there as one of the guys I was thinking about taking. I love the pick. While I was on the clock, I had Prince Tega Wanogho highest on my board and it also filled the Ravens need on the offensive line. The Prince can play tackle or guard and I think he has a good chance to land a starting guard spot. He has good size with excellent strength. He’s extremely athletic and has a basketball background. His feet are light and he has some great lateral mobility. Great pass blocking upside and he gets the job done in the run game. He needs improvement at the second level, as he still needs to figure out his angles and awareness. Prince is raw and needs a good bit of coaching up. He leans and lunges at times and his hands need work. A move to right tackle or guard is ideal to fit his skillset. Very intriguing prospect with lots of raw upside and I had a second round grade on him.
Round 5 Pick #170 - Bradley Anae, DE, Utah
Broderick Washington was a bit of a reach here for the Ravens I think. Not even within my top 200. I had a second round grade on Bradley Anae and couldn’t believe he fell this far. Anae is a bit undersized at 245 pounds and will have a hard time doing anything as an edge-setter, but you are drafting him as a pass rush specialist anyway. He is super athletic with impressive bend and flex, and he can turn the corner with ease to get to the quarterback consistently. He has great hand usage and shows a nasty array of swat, rip, and swim moves. He has a hot motor and plays nasty. I absolutely love Anae’s upside as a pass rush specialist.
Round 6 Pick #201 - Evan Weaver, ILB, California
I loved the James Proche pick here from the Ravens. But since I went with Higgins, Mims and Johnson at wide receiver already and have waited on linebacker, I decided to address the linebacker need here. I had a 4th round grade on Evan Weaver and have him in the same tier of talent as Patrick Queen (I realize most people have Queen as a first round pick, but I think there’s a lot of holes in his game) and Malik Harrison. Landing Evan Weaver here is a steal. Evan Weaver is one of the most underrated players in this draft. Yes, he lacks speed and his hips are a bit tight, which keeps him from being able to change direction quickly, but everything else amazes me. He has excellent size, which allows him to take on blocks and set the edge well with a solid anchor. His ability to shed blocks and plug the gap is also very impressive. Maybe the most impressive part to his game is how smart he is and how quick he is to recognize a play and be one step ahead of everyone else. There are so many instances on film where he sniffs the play out right off the snap and even without great speed, is able to beat everyone to the ball carrier. He fights through traffic extremely well. Weaver takes excellent angles as well. He is a hard hitter and makes running back and receivers running across the middle pay on a consistent basis. His motor and effort is about as hot as you’ll see.
Round 7 Pick #219 - Dele Harding, OLB, Illinois
I want to add another upside linebacker and went with Dele Harding here. He’s undersized at 230 pounds, but he’s the same size at Patrick Queen. He shows good strength and is a solid tackler who delivers hard hits. His motor is hot and he plays hard on every down. Speed is adequate and he put up the same forty time as Malik Harrison at his pro day. He’s solid in coverage and also plays the run well. He has excellent instincts and does his job. Change of direction and lateral mobility look pretty good. Overall I love Harding’s upside, especially considering he’s free in the 7th round. With the Ravens new beefy defensive line, the linebackers should be able to have an easier time getting to their gaps and making tackles. I think Harding can make a push to step in and contribute as an inside linebacker.