The 2021 NFL Draft is in the books. 259 players now have new homes. Almost assuredly, every team got every player they wanted exactly when they wanted to.
However, we are going to look at them through the prism of the way I thought they did. Did a team reach? Did they get a steal? How did that trade work out? Over the course of the next few weeks, I will recap every team’s draft class. Some will be solely be written word. Some will be accompanied by a video from the Deep Fried Draft YouTube channel with an expert from that team talking about their class.
Today, we look at the Baltimore Ravens.
RAVENS DRAFT CLASS
|1||31||EDGE||Odafe Oweh||Penn State|
|4||131||WR||Tylan Wallace||Oklahoma State|
|5||160||CB||Shaun Wade||Ohio State|
|5||171||EDGE||Daelin Hayes||Notre Dame|
The Baltimore Ravens have a long tradition of being one of the best drafting teams in the league, year in, year out. 2021 did nothing to alter this perception. They let the board fall to them and they may finally have a true #1 WR for quarterback Lamar Jackson. Minnesota WR Rashod Bateman has the size, speed, and production that you want in a top pass catcher. Bateman has been dominant in the Big Ten over the last three years with, at best, adequate QB play.
Penn State edge rusher Odafe Oweh is the epitome of disruption is production. Oweh consistently wreaked havoc in the opposition backfield but couldn’t quite finish. He had zero sacks in 2020.
In the third round, the Ravens selected Sir Gregor Clegane Ben Cleveland. The selection of Cleveland should allow Bradley Bozeman to move to center while he takes over at left guard.
Also, in round three they selected former SMU corner, Brandon Stephens. The Ravens are projecting him to move to safety where he has a chance to earn some early playing time.
5th round pick Shaun Wade was considered a first-round pick entering the season. This was on the condition that he could handle the outside. He failed miserably there in 2020. Wade will compete to be the nickel corner in Baltimore.
Both Oklahoma State WR Tylan Wallace and Notre Dame EDGE Daelin Hayes have a good chance to make the final roster as reserves.
If the Ravens keep two fullbacks, Michigan’s Ben Mason is a shoo-in to make the 53.
The Ravens signed the following undrafted free agents:
Ar’Darius Washington, S, TCU
Sam Cooper, OG, Merrimack
Tony Poljan, TE, Virginia
Adrian Ealy, OT, Oklahoma
Xavier Kelly, DT, Arkansas
Foster Sarell, OT, Stanford
Next up we will look at the New Orleans Saints!