The Baltimore Ravens are undoubtedly in a championship window.
Although the Ravens are not immune to making splashes in free agency, this franchise has consistently been a model of tremendous drafting and developing while recouping assets via compensatory selections.
Not counting pending free agents, the Baltimore Ravens’ starting lineup includes just two players who were not acquired by the team through the draft or college free agency (Calais Campbell, Marcus Peters).
The Ravens’ obvious preference is to load up through the NFL Draft and that’s just what general manager Eric DeCosta will do in the 2021 NFL Draft.
With a number of key players projected to hit free agency, the Ravens will need to address the defensive front seven — specifically off the edge and on the interior defensive line — as well as the wide receiver position and interior offensive line.
Let’s take a look at how they might attack the 2021 NFL Draft with a seven-round mock draft projection.
With three of their top four edge rushers slated for free agency, the Baltimore Ravens will almost undoubtedly have to make this position group a priority in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Carlos Basham at the back end of round one could be the perfect fit.
Basham has the ability to play multiple positions on the defensive line and the Ravens almost always seem to prioritize players who look more like defensive ends at that standup linebacker position.
Basham has been one of the most productive pass rushers in the country over the past three years. In his last 19 games alone, Basham has 22.5 tackles for loss and 15 sacks to go along with seven forced fumbles.
His athleticism and strength shine through in his versatility.