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'Just another outstanding draft’: What they’re saying about the Ravens’ 2020 draft class

Columnist Mike Preston and Ravens beat writer Jonas Shaffer discuss their evaluation of the Ravens 2020 draft picks.

Here’s what experts from publications around the country are saying about the Ravens’ draft class:

  • Round 1, No. 28: Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
  • Round 2, No. 55 (from Patriots through Falcons): J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
  • Round 3, No. 71 (from Chargers through Patriots): Justin Madubuike, DT, Texas A&M
  • Round 3, No. 92: Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas
  • Round 3, No. 98 (comp pick from Patriots): Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State
  • Round 3, No. 106 (comp pick): Tyre Phillips, G, Mississippi State
  • Round 4, No. 143 (comp pick): Ben Bredeson, G, Michigan
  • Round 5, No. 170 (from Vikings): Broderick Washington Jr., DT, Texas Tech
  • Round 6, No. 201 (from Bills through Vikings): James Proche, WR, SMU
  • Round 7, No. 219 (from Dolphins through Vikings): Geno Stone, S, Iowa

NFL.com’s Chad Reuter (Grade: A): “Just another outstanding draft for GM Eric DeCosta, finding good value at every pick in the first three rounds and meeting most of the team’s top needs. It wasn’t surprising to see the Ravens pick Bredeson given how much they loved having another Big Ten guard for the past decade: Marshal Yanda from Iowa. Washington is an active nose tackle who will be effective in a rotation. Proche might be the steal of the draft, or it might be Stone. It’s criminal that DeCosta is this good at drafting players.”

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Sports Illustrated’s Andy Benoit (Grade: A-): “The Ravens entered the draft with no starting-caliber linebackers on their roster. Now they found one who has the athleticism to play on passing downs. Problem solved. Or, at least, potentially solved. Patrick Queen only started one season at LSU and the Ravens have a complex matchup-zone scheme that requires middle-of-the-field players to make reads and adjustments on the fly. The Ravens are also a proudly physical team and some scouts don’t regard Queen as that style of player.”

Pro Football Focus (Grade: B): "This Patrick Queen selection at 28 was one of PFF’s favorite picks of the first round, especially after the Los Angeles Chargers moved up to take a linebacker at pick 23 and the Seattle Seahawks went linebacker right in front of Baltimore at 27, and both teams took players we ranked significantly lower than Queen at the position. After nailing the Queen selection, Dobbins at No. 55 isn’t a move that brings a whole lot of value to this offense for us. The issue is that they didn’t need to go running back here, especially with how much space is created by a Ravens rushing attack that is spearheaded by Lamar Jackson and what was one of the better offensive lines in the NFL just a season ago.”

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The Ringer (How’d the NFL Let This Happen? Award): “Baltimore addressed some needs on defense, grabbing my top-ranked linebacker in Patrick Queen with their first-round pick, plus a pair of day-one contributors in defensive tackle Justin Maduibiuke (no. 80 on my Big Board) and linebacker Malik Harrison (no. 88) in the third round. They looked to soup up an already explosive offense, too, grabbing running back J.K. Dobbins in the second round, receiver Devin Duverney in the third, guards Tyre Phillips and Ben Bredeson in the third and fourth, respectively, then receiver James Proche in the sixth. That’s speed, speed, speed at the skill positions and plenty of girth on the offensive line.”

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer (Grade: A+): “Yes, purple did reign supreme in this draft with Eric DeCosta and John Harbaugh also looking like two princes of prospects. Queen and Harrison were amazing gets to improve their linebacker weakness. Dobbins was an unexpected Round 2 steal who can be absolutely dominant in Baltimore’s league best-rushing attack. Madubuike is a key piece for the defense, too, after losing Michael Pierce in free agency and they have a couple options at guard to replace the retired Marshal Yanda. Duvernay gives Lamar Jackson another speed merchant and Proche is a nice sleeper at the same position.”

USA Today’s Nate Davis (Grade: A): “Few teams scout the college ranks with more prescience, and last year’s handover from Ozzie Newsome to current GM Eric DeCosta has been seamless. This seems like another enviable batch, DeCosta shoring up defensive shortcomings – so evident in the playoff loss to Tennessee – with LBs Patrick Queen and Malik Harrison and DL Justin Madubuike while supercharging what was an already record-setting offense with RB J.K. Dobbins and WR Devin Duvernay. Queen and Duvernay seem especially capable of making huge splashes as rookies, but keep an eye on Round 6 WR James Proche, like Duvernay, a 100-catch man in college.”

Walter Football (Grade: A+): “The Ravens had the top 2020 NFL Draft class out of every team in the league. Considering that they had the best record in the NFL last year, it’s scary to wonder how good they’ll be with some terrific rookie reinforcements improving their roster.”

Washington Post’s John Clayton (Grade: B+): “General Manager Eric DeCosta had a very good draft and is proving to be a worthy successor to the masterful Ozzie Newsome. First-round LB Patrick Queen is a perfect fit for the Baltimore defense, and second-round RB J.K. Dobbins can split carries with Mark Ingram and improve a rushing offense that already was record-setting.”

The Score: “If Queen had been taken in the late teens, no one would have batted an eye — he was one of the most talented coverage linebackers in the draft. At No. 28, he’s a steal for Baltimore and fills its biggest need. Madubuike got some first-round buzz early in the process, while Harrison gives the Ravens even more help in the middle of their defense. Pairing the super-explosive Dobbins with Lamar Jackson in the backfield just seems unfair.”

New York Post’s Ryan Dunleavy (Grade: A): “Run the ball, stop the run. Just keep solidifying a timeless winning identity. Queen is the prototypical Raven, but sleeper Duvernay had 106 catches last season.”

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