2020 NFL Draft: Top offseason needs for the Baltimore Ravens

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Patrick Queen 2020 NFL Draft
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2. Inside Linebacker

Despite the departure of C.J. Mosely, the Baltimore Ravens managed to get some fairly strong play out of their patchwork linebacker group in 2019. Trading former fourth-round pick Kenny Young to the Los Angeles Rams, the Baltimore Ravens pressed one through the season with Patrick Onwuasor, LJ Fort and Josh Bynes. Although the play at the position wasn’t elite by any means, the steady rotation of Onwuasor, Fort and Bynes proved to be an effectual bunch.

At the tail-end of the 2019 season, the Baltimore Ravens extended Fort for another two seasons, however, Onwuasor and Bynes are both pending free agents and will most likely not return to Charm City next season. Outside of Fort, Baltimore still has UDFAs Chris Board and Ataro Olaka, the former has spent most of his time as a special teams contributor while the latter spent his rookie season on IR.

As for potential free-agent signees, the Baltimore Ravens have a couple of solid options laid out in front of them. The top names that could be on Baltimore’s radar are guys such as Cory Littleton, division rival  Joe Schobert, while other targets could be now Super Bowl 54 champions Reggie Ragland and Daron Lee.

Should they chose to opt-out of signing a free agent linebacker, there a few names that they could target in the 2020 NFL. At pick 28, the Baltimore Ravens could select Oklahoma’s Kenneth Murray should he be there for them in addition to LSU’s Patrick Queen. If they wait to draft one later in the draft, players such as Ohio State’s Malik Harrison and Appalachian State’s Akeem Davis-Gathier are solid options as well.