Baltimore Ravens mock draft 2019: Seven rounds, picks, big board, team needs, multiple options for every selection

The Ravens had to switch up their offense on the fly last year, moving from an immobile quarterback reliant on his arm to a dynamic runner at the position during what turned out to be a run to the playoffs. And if you look at what they've done this offseason, the plan might be to never throw the ball at all. Seriously, the wide receiver depth chart is topped by Willie Snead, Chris Moore and Seth Roberts. That's ... not great. They should have the option of finding a playmaker at the position with the first pick, but considering the depth at receiver this year coupled with the lack of standout No. 1 options, we could definitely see them move back at least once before making their first pick.

Below, you can check out which picks the Ravens currently have, along with our projection of their top positional needs. I'll then build a war-room big board based upon players I think have some kind of chance of making it to their first pick before sharing multiple draft classes that make sense for the team from myself, Ryan Wilson and Chris Trapasso.

As for the actual draft, you'll be able to stream our live coverage right here on CBS Sports HQ (or download the CBS Sports app for free on any mobile or connected TV device) breaking down all the picks and everything you need to know during draft weekend.  

Current draft picks

RoundOverallStatus
1 22
3 85
3 102 Compensatory
4 113 from Denver
4 123
5 160
6 191 from Tennessee
6 193

Team needs

The CBS Sports NFL writing staff recently compiled positional rankings to identify needs for each team heading into the draft. A helpful guide: any position group that had an average ranking worse than 16.0 (on a scale of 1 to 32) was considered a "need," while any that ranked worse than 23.0 (bottom-third of the league) was considered a "pressing need."

QB RB WR/TE OL EDGE INT DL LB DB
26.0 17.8 32.0 7.4 23.6 5.4 15.3 5.4


Needs: QB, RB, WR/TE, EDGE
Pressing: QB, WR/TE, EDGE

The Ravens drafted Lamar Jackson just last year, so we can probably forget about them taking another QB for a while as they attempt to re-orient the offense around him. They badly need to get him some weapons here, though, as Baltimore's wide receiver and tight end group is the only position group in our entire rankings that is a consensus last-place pick. Wideout is by far the most popular pick in our mock drafts, with five of six experts pegging Baltimore to take a pass-catcher in Round 1. The Ravens also need to fortify their edge-rusher group after seeing Za'Darius Smith and Terrell Suggs both leave in free agency, and it wouldn't surprise to see them add a pass rusher or two in the middle rounds.  

War room big board

Receiver is unquestionably the biggest need for the Ravens, but No. 22 is about the top end of where the best options at the position should go. If an elite talent at another position of need doesn't slip down to the Ravens, there's an excellent chance they move back before addressing the need at receiver. Here's how I'd project the Ravens' draft board for their first pick, considering only players I feel have some chance of making it in range:

  1. LB Devin Bush, Michigan
  2. EDGE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
  3. EDGE Brian Burns, Florida State
  4. EDGE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
  5. WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss
  6. G Cody Ford, Oklahoma
  7. C Garrett Bradbury, NC State
  8. C Erik McCoy, Texas A&M
  9. OT Andre Dillard, Washington State
  10. WR A.J. Brown, Ole Miss

Seven-round mock drafts

R.J. White:

RoundOverallPlayerNotes
1 22 WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss
2 63 ILB Mack Wilson, Alabama from SEA/KC*
3 85 to Seattle
3 102 G Beau Benzschawel, Wisconsin
4 113 to Seattle from DEN
4 123 to New York Giants
5 142 WR Anthony Johnson, Buffalo from NYG*
5 157 DE/LB Shareef Miller, Penn State from TEN*
5 160 to Tennessee
5 171 to Tennessee from NYG*
6 188 WR Penny Hart, Georgia State from TEN*
6 191 to New England from TEN
6 193 C Nick Allegretti, Illinois
6 205 LB Ulysees Gilbert III, Akron from NE*
7 246 CB Jamal Peters, Mississippi State from NE*

The cupboard is bare for the Ravens at receiver, so unless an elite talent like Devin Bush or Clelin Ferrell slips out of the top 20, I think you can mark them down for some help in the passing game at No. 22. In this mock the board is wide open for them with no receivers taken, so they go ahead and take the plunge on combine star D.K. Metcalf, who is a monster in the vertical passing game but has work to do if he's going to be a go-to No. 1 receiver. 

The Ravens don't have a second-round pick, but when Wilson makes it to the Round 2/3 turn, they can't help but package No. 85 and 113 to go get the C.J. Mosley replacement for the middle of the defense. With their compensatory pick, the Ravens add some help to the interior of the offensive line in Benzschawel, who can push to start at left guard. 

On Day 3, the Ravens trade down 19 spots before taking more receiving help in Johnson, who excels in the vertical game like Metcalf but is more developed underneath, and he can win at his size with defenses having to respect the running ability of Lamar Jackson and not keying in on the Buffalo product in the passing game. After then moving up a couple picks in the fifth to land some edge rush help with Za'Darius Smith gone, the Ravens go back to the well at receiver with Hart, who can help in the return game while also fighting for looks underneath in the passing attack. With the receiver depth chart now a lot more robust, the Ravens select more guys who can provide depth on the offensive line and at linebacker before taking a lottery ticket for the secondary.

More seven-round mocks:
(*) indicates pick acquired via trade


Round 1 WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss
WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford
Round 2

Round 3 LB Jahlani Tavai, Hawaii
RB Damien Harris, Alabama
LB Terrill Hanks, New Mexico State
G Connor McGovern, Penn State
Round 4 G Connor McGovern, Penn State
S Marquise Blair, Utah
WR Terry McLaurin, Ohio State
OT Max Scharping, Northern Illinois 
Round 5 EDGE Shareef Miller, Penn State
EDGE Austin Bryant, Clemson
Round 6 WR Olamide Zaccheaus, Virginia
OL Michael Jordan, Ohio State
DL Isaiah Buggs, Alabama
LB Jordan Jones, Kentucky
Round 7

Check out more first-round mocks from CBS Sports.

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