Which positions should Baltimore prioritize in the

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upcoming 2019 NFL draft?"WhitePodcast Film Review Fanposts Fanshots Ravens StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Ravens ReportYahoo Ravens Depth ChartYahoo Ravens TransactionsYahoo Ravens PhotosAbout Odds Community Guidelines StubHub ✕2019 NFL DraftRanking the Ravens biggest needs in the NFL draft New Youth Willie Snead Jersey ,54commentsWhich positions should Baltimore prioritize in the upcoming 2019 NFL draft? ESTShareTweetShareShareRanking the Ravens biggest needs in the NFL draft Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY SportsWhile there have been some relatively disappointing rookie classes in Baltimore over the years, the Ravens have developed a reputation for finding valuable contributors in the draft during the Ozzie Newsome era. Now, with Eric DeCosta taking over as GM and Lamar Jackson becoming the starting quarterback, this upcoming draft is perhaps more important than any in recent memory. Despite winning the division last year, the Ravens have several areas of need on their roster. Luckily, this draft class is fairly deep at several positions, and Baltimore has a good chance to make the most of their seven picks.With this in mind, let’s examine the most pressing needs and some potential prospects the Ravens could target to address them. 1) Offensive line In order to build a dominant running game and keep Lamar Jackson protected, bolstering the offensive line is a necessity this offseason. To be more specific, the Ravens could stand to upgrade at the center and right guard positions, where the performances of Matt Skura, Alex Lewis and James Hurst have left much to be desired. Ronnie Stanley and Orlando Brown Jr. appear to be a long-term tandem at left and right tackle, respectively, and Marshal Yanda likely has at least another year or two left of high-quality play before he heads for retirement. While 3/5 of the offensive line is strong, the remaining interior spots are due for an upgrade. There are plenty of quality lineman in this draft class and targeting one with the 22nd pick in the first round seems like an efficient proposition. Potential Prospects: Cody Ford (Oklahoma), Garrett Bradbury (NC State) Stitched Robert Griffin Jersey , Chris Lindstrom (Boston College), Elgton Jenkins (Mississippi State) 2) Wide receiver It wouldn’t be a Ravens offseason if we weren’t talking about the wide receiver position as an area of weakness on the roster. With Michael Crabtree out of the picture and John Brown likely to head elsewhere in free agency, the receiver depth chart is currently projected to feature Willie Snead IV, Chris Moore, Jordan Lasley and Jaleel Scott, which, to be kind, doesn’t exactly strike fear in opposing defenses. While budding tight ends Mark Andrews and Hayden Hurst will be heavily featured in the passing game, the Ravens desperately need to surround Jackson with capable playmakers on the outside. Eric DeCosta has stressed the importance of bringing in young receivers to develop alongside Jackson, and doing so in this years’ draft would be a great place to start. Potential Prospects: D.K. Metcalf (Ole Miss), N’Keal Harry (Arizona State), Marquise Brown (Oklahoma), Kelvin Harmon (NC State) 3) Pass rusher/EDGE Although Terrell Suggs will likely be back in Baltimore next season, it could potentially be his last season. Still, he’s no longer the dominant force he used to be and is more of a rotational piece at this stage in his career. Considering this and Za’Darius Smith’s pending free agency, adding some additional pass rushers this offseason is shaping up to be a priority. Tim Williams and/or Tyus Bowser could potentially take a leap forward next season Youth Robert Griffin Jersey , but banking on them suddenly becoming consistent impact players seems like a risky proposition. You can never have too many capable pass rushers on a roster and the Ravens are in a good spot to add some talent on the edge in the draft. There’s a decent chance that most, if not all, of the names listed below will be off the board before the Ravens pick at 22, but if any of them managed to fall, then Baltimore would be wise to consider going pass rusher in the first round. Potential Prospects: Brian Burns (Florida State), Jachai Polite (Florida), Clelin Ferrell (Clemson), Montez Sweat (Mississippi State) 4) Safety While the position doesn’t receive as much attention as some other on the roster, safety is quietly an offseason need that DeCosta should address. There’s a good chance that Eric Weddle isn’t on the roster next season, meaning the Ravens will need to find a new starting safety for the first time in three seasons. Even if Weddle is brought back for another year, he’s been on record saying it’d be his last season before retirement. Weddle’s leadership and IQ are invaluable qualities, but in terms of on-field ability, his declining athleticism has compromised the Ravens defense in certain situations over the past two seasons. Tony Jefferson is a great run-stopper and plays well in the box, but his coverage skills leave much to be desired. Whether or not DeShon Elliot or Chuck Clark will prove to be viable in-house options to replace Weddle remains to be seen, but selecting a safety at some point in this years’ draft would be a smart move. This class appears to be a bit top-heavy at the position, but there are some talented players nonetheless. Potential Prospects: Nassir Adderley (Delaware) Stitched Jordan Lasley Jersey , Jonathan Abram (Mississippi State), Deionte Thompson (Alabama), Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (Florida) 5) LinebackerRetaining C.J. Mosley appears to be the Ravens top priority in free agency, but there’s a decent chance his price tag will be too high for Baltimore to bring him back. If Mosley leaves, replacing him at middle linebacker immediately becomes a top priority, especially if the Ravens also lose the play-calling and recognition abilities that Eric Weddle brings to the table. Patrick Onwuasor came on strong over the second half of last season, and Kenny Young flashed high upside during his rookie campaign, but could either of them step up to fill the void that Mosley’s departure would leave? Possibly...however, the Ravens would almost surely look to add another linebacker in the draft. This isn’t a particularly talented class at the position outside of Devin White, but there are a couple of other projected first-rounders that could be a good fit. Potential Prospects: Devin Bush (Michigan), Mack Wilson (Alabama) Who will step up?"The Ravens are approaching a bit of a transition year under a young second-year quarterback and will be facing all the challenges (and reaping all the benefits) that their situation entails. A lot of new faces are either entering the mix or will be thrust into the spotlight, and, as a result, the chance for a breakout player to emerge definitely presents itself.So, who could that guy be for this season? A few candidates immediately jump to mind, with a pretty interesting one coming from Bleacher Report’s Gary Davenport in an article ranking each team’s potential breakout player for the coming season:This certainly is an interesting choice and while it’s tough to categorize Ingram as a straight-up breakout type guy Youth Jordan Lasley Jersey , Davenport’s logic does make some sense. He’s very much in line for a big time bounce back season with a new team so in that sense this is a point pick, however there are definitely other players who fit the billing just as well if not better.Let’s take a look at who some of those guys may be, shall we?Wide Receiver, Chris MoorePhoto by Todd Olszewski/Getty ImagesHere’s a fairly obvious one as John Harbaugh has as much said that it’s Moore’s “time.” Hopefully that means the front office will still bring in some young talent to compete for snaps via the draft as Moore’s ascension to a starting caliber player isn’t a sure thing just yet.For now though, it appears he has the inside track to be a top target as training camp opens. If he’s able to capitalize on that by building off the momentum of three seasons in which he continuously improved his game, his trajectory would suggest he’s up to the task of a more significant workload for 2019.Linebackers Tyus Bowser and Tim WilliamsPhoto by Andy Lyons/Getty ImagesI opted to put these guys together because they’re both expected to step into some pretty big shoes. Replacing Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith doesn’t seem like something that’ll happen right off the rip, but for now, these two are the ones who are being tabbed to do so.Williams’ draft profile projected him as an out-and-out pass rusher a-la Smith, while Bowser’s athletic ability suggested he would be a more all around front seven chess piece similar to Suggs in some respects. Both were relatively high picks in 2017 who haven’t shown a ton just yet, but with the right coaching and opportunity in front of them, they may just be breakout players this coming season.Quarterback Lamar JacksonPhoto by Patrick Smith/Getty ImagesLamar may be a tough sell as a breakout candidate after a strong rookie season, but the fact remains that he still has more to prove as a passer. Many analysts seem stuck to the idea that he can’t/won’t improve in this respect, and shutting them up to at least some degree would represent yet another level of a breakout for number 8 in my book. More talent is going to need to be put in place around him between now and September to help facilitate that, but if that does take place to an even reasonable level, there’s no reason why Jackson can’t continue to build upon his first year success.

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