If the Baltimore Ravens draft an offensive lineman in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, how would that selection shape the look of the team's picks in the third and fourth rounds?
This exercise assumes the Ravens make no trades in the first round and use the No. 22 overall pick. The Ravens' top needs are wide receiver, edge rusher, linebacker and offensive line.
If the Ravens select an offensive lineman at No. 22, who could it be?
Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State: Played all along the offensive line during his career at K-State; very versatile player.
Garrett Bradbury, C, NC State: A perfect prospect and Week 1 starter.
Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma: Teams could look at Ford as a right tackle or guard; best position in the NFL could be guard.
So, who would the third-round target be? (Remember, the Ravens currently do not have a second-round pick.)
The Ravens could target an edge rusher, linebacker or receiver in Round 3. Here are some options for each position of need in the third round. The Ravens have two third-round picks (picks 85 and 102).
Emanuel Hall, Missouri
Andy Isabella, Massachusetts
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford
Terry McLaurin, Ohio State
Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion
Maxx Crosby, Eastern Michigan
D'Andre Walker, Georgia
Anthony Nelson, Iowa
Bobby Okereke, Stanford
Drue Tranquill, Notre Dame
Joe Giles-Harris, Duke
Blake Cashman, Minnesota
This is a deep receiver draft, so if the Ravens decide to go this route, they will be fine. The sweet spot of the draft for receivers this year is the third-to-fourth round. The edge rusher and linebacker positions are not very deep this year, and if the Ravens are going to address those spots in this draft, the third round is about the end of getting a potential starter for 2019.
The Ravens have two picks in the fourth round as well. Here are some options for each position of need in the fourth round.
Antoine Wesley, Texas Tech
DaMarkus Lodge, Mississippi
Stanley Morgan Jr., Nebraska
Miles Boykin, Notre Dame
Sutton Smith, Northern Illinois
Jalen Jelks, Oregon
Malik Carney, North Carolina
David Long Jr., West Virginia
Sione Takitaki, BYU
Gary Johnson, Texas
Again, as far as the depth goes, I still love the receiver class in the fourth round more than the linebackers and edge rushers. Takitki out of BYU is a solid prospect at the linebacker position, as is Smith, the edge defender from Northern Illinois. Other than that, the perceived group available in the fourth round at the linebacker and edge spots is underwhelming.
Now, the Ravens could certainly draft other positions with their top five picks, and running back may be a best-player-available type selection. But if they want to attack their biggest needs early in the draft, they may be better served waiting on a wide receiver once again if they go offensive line in Round 1.