The Baltimore Ravens seemed to be an unbeatable football team last season. Baltimore started the season 2-2 and then they won 12 straight games. The Ravens were 14-2 and the number one seed in the AFC.
Baltimore was shocked in the AFC Divisional Round against the Tennessee Titans by a score of 28-12. The Baltimore Ravens will have a lot of needs to address this offseason.
They made a couple of key acquisitions already this offseason like trading for defensive lineman Calais Campbell from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a fifth-round pick. They were also going to sign defensive lineman Michael Brockers to a contract, but they couldn’t.
With that in mind, what do the Baltimore Ravens need as well? Also, we here at IroniqMedia will examine the top 3 needs of all 32 teams. The next team we will be covering is the Baltimore Ravens.
The Baltimore Ravens have Marquise Brown and he did a very nice job in his rookie season. Brown is fast, but now they need someone else on the other side of him moving forward with Lamar Jackson at quarterback. Willie Snead IV is a good receiver, but he may not be there for much longer.
Laviska Shenault Jr. – Colorado
Shenault Jr. is an under the radar kind of wide receiver. He played in the Pac 12 and that is where people usually don’t watch games very often. Laviska Shenault Jr. will be good at the next level. He can play anywhere on the field. Shenault Jr. can play on the outside or in the slot.
He is 21 years old. Laviska Shenault Jr. is 6’1″ and weighs 227 lbs. He also had five rushing touchdowns this season and Shenault Jr. was the only player in the country to have at least five rushing touchdowns and five receiving touchdowns this past season.
Jalen Reagor – TCU
In a rich wide receiver draft class, some people may take a flyer on Reagor in the later first round and maybe even in the second round. Jalen Reagor is also another fast wide receiver and his 40-yard dash at the NFL combine was 4.47 seconds.
Reagor’s dad played in the NFL for eight seasons. His name is Montae. He played on the defensive line. As for Jalen, he also returned kickoffs. Can you imagine if defensive backs have to prepare for the speed of Reagor and Marquise Brown week in and week out? The need for speed for this team will be unreal. He is 5’11” and weighs 194 lbs.
Brandon Aiyuk – Arizona State
He was at Sierra College before Aiyuk transferred to Arizona State in 2018. Brandon Aiyuk has a ton of speed. One of the reasons why he might drop in the draft because of injuries. Aiyuk has the talent to be a very good receiver and he also has very good hands.
It appears as if the Baltimore Ravens want to get faster on the defensive side of the ball. They may not need to outscore teams like the Kansas City Chiefs, but Baltimore definitely wants to slow them down.
Kenneth Murray – Oklahoma
All Kenneth Murray seems to do is make tackles no matter where he is on the field. This is what the Baltimore Ravens are looking for. Someone who knows how to make tackles and not allow the big plays to happen. Murray is also very fast and athletic. That helps when you run a 4.52 40-yard dash at the NFL combine.
He is also very good in coverage and very good at diagnosing plays early on. Kenneth Murray is 6’2″ and he weighs 241 lbs.
Patrick Queen – LSU
Queen is a very talented linebacker at only 20 years old. He has the capability to be a starter in the NFL right away. It will be interesting to see if he goes in the first round or the second round of the NFL Draft.
LSU has started to become a factory for the linebacker position. Patrick Queen’s starting career began all thanks to Devin White‘s questionable targeting call a few years ago against the University of Alabama. Queen is 6’ 0″ and weighs 229 lbs.
Zack Baun – Wisconsin
Baun broke out in his final season in college. Because of his breakout, he could potentially be a first-round or a second-round pick. The potential of him being a one-year wonder in college is there and there is also speculation about that.
He is 6’2″ and weighs 238 lbs. Zack Baun is a tackling machine and he made more good plays than bad plays.
Neville Gallimore – Oklahoma
Gallimore is a player who is never satisfied with himself is always hungry, but once he gets blocked, Neville Gallimore has difficulty getting off of them, but he also works hard every single day in practice. Neville Gallimore is a guy who can make an impact one day like Chris Jones of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Gallimore is 6’2″ 304 lbs and he also comes from Ottawa, Ontario.
Ross Blacklock – TCU
Blacklock is more of an all-around defensive tackle rather than being a strict run stopper or pass rusher. His strength is pass rushing but he can also get into the backfield with ease, but Ross Blacklock has an issue of being a hit and miss kind of defensive lineman in the running game.
Blacklock is 21 years old. He is 6’3″ and weighs 290 lbs.
Marlon Davidson – Auburn
Davidson is 20 years old. He is not only effective on the defensive line, but Marlon Davidson also blocked three kicks during the 2018 season. He will be more of a rotational player in the NFL rather than being a starter on the defensive line.
Another issue with him is that he did not play many snaps against the run. Only 51 percent of the time Davidson was on the field for that kind of play. The defensive scheme needs to fit him perfectly. It will take time for him to develop as a true starter in the NFL. This guy could be more of a project. It will be interesting to see what happens none the less, but once he does become a starter, Marlon Davidson will have a ton of potential.
He also had to deal with being in the shadow of Derrick Brown, who is projected to be a top 10 pick in the NFL Draft. Davidson is 6’3″ and he weighs 303 lbs.
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