Baltimore Ravens Draft/Off-season Recap and Outlook
Lamar Jackson

The Baltimore Ravens finished in second place in the AFC North division with an 11-5 record, but were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs, losing 17-3 to the Buffalo Bills.

     The biggest move of the offseason came when the Ravens traded starting offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. to their conference rival Kansas City Chiefs for three picks, including a first rounder, in the 2021 NFL Draft and a fifth round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.  The Ravens also sent their second round pick (58th overall) and a sixth round pick in 2022 to the Chiefs.  Brown filled in for the injured Ronnie Stanley and wanted to play left tackle going forward. 

     Feeling the need to improve their offensive line, and protect franchise quarterback Lamar Jackson, the Ravens signed offensive guard Kevin Zeitler and offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva in free agency.  Villanueva comes over from their hated division rival Pittsburgh Steelers where he played left tackle, but he will play right tackle in Baltimore.
     The Ravens were looking to upgrade their wide receiving corps so they signed former Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins to a one year deal.  He’ll join second year wide receivers Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin.

     Running back Mark Ingram departed in free agency, but the Ravens still have a strong rushing attack led by second year running back J.K. Dobbins, as well as Gus Edwards, and Justise Hill.

     With two first round picks in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Ravens selected University of Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman with the 27th overall pick and Penn State University defensive end/outside linebacker Jayson Oweh with the 31st overall pick.  

     Bateman had a disappointing 2020 season, but he contracted COVID-19 which caused him to lose ten pounds and affect his play.  Bateman has drawn comparisons to Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen for his route running.

     Oweh is considered the most athletically gifted pass rusher in this draft and he’ll be counted on to replace the production of Matthew Judon and Yannick Ngakoue, who departed in free agency.

     In the third round, the Ravens solidified their offensive line even further, selecting University of Georgia offensive guard Ben Cleveland.  With the rest of their picks the Ravens selected SMU defensive back Brandon Stephens, Oklahoma State University wide receiver Tylan Wallace, Ohio State University defensive back Shaun Wade, University of Notre Dame defensive end Daelin Hayes and University of Michigan tight end/fullback Ben Mason.
     Wade is a steal in the third round as he was at one point projected as a first round pick.  A disappointing 2020 season led to him sliding down draft boards. 

     Overall, the Ravens had a very good offseason.  They are a run heavy offense and solidified their offensive line through the draft and free agency.  The additions of Watkins and Bateman to the receiving corps will only help Jackson as he looks to improve as a passer. 

Key additions:

WR Sammy Watkins

OG Kevin Zeitler 

OT Alejandro Villanueva

Key losses:

OT Orlando Brown Jr.

LB Matt Judon

LB Yannick Ngakoue

RB Mark IngramWR Willie Snead