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Baltimore Ravens Shores Up The Back End Of Their Defense With Clemson DB Nate Wiggins

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The Baltimore Ravens head into the 2024 NFL Draft with high expectations following an impressive 13-4 record in the previous season. Despite their success, the Ravens recognize the need to address key areas of their roster to maintain their competitive edge.

The Ravens wasted no time and selected Clemson speedster DB Nate Wiggins to solidfy the back end of their defense. With eight more selections things will get very interesting in the next few rounds.

Here’s a breakdown of their draft needs and potential targets:

1. Offensive Tackle:

Protecting star quarterback Lamar Jackson is paramount for the Ravens’ success, making offensive tackle a top priority in the draft. With the departure of key linemen and the need for improved pass protection, the Ravens must invest in bolstering their offensive line. Selecting a talented tackle capable of anchoring the line and keeping Jackson upright is crucial. Prospects like Tyler Guyton from Oklahoma or JC Latham from Alabama could be viable options to solidify the Ravens’ offensive front and provide stability for their dynamic offense.

2. Edge Rusher:

Despite a formidable defense, the Ravens aim to further strengthen their pass rush by adding depth and talent on the edge. With the ability to disrupt opposing quarterbacks and generate pressure, an impact edge rusher can elevate the Ravens’ defense to elite status. Players like Adisa Isaac from Penn State or Braiden McGregor from Michigan possess the athleticism and skill set to wreak havoc in opposing backfields. By bolstering their pass rush, the Ravens can create more opportunities for turnovers and defensive stops, enhancing their overall defensive schemes.

3. Running Back:

Justice Hill and Keaton Mitchell, the latter of whom is recovering from a season-ending knee injury, are still part of Baltimore’s roster. While Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins are currently unsigned, General Manager Eric DeCosta confirmed on Tuesday that the team is actively engaged in negotiations to re-sign them.

A versatile and dynamic running back can provide a valuable complement to Lamar Jackson’s electrifying playmaking abilities and add explosiveness to the Ravens’ ground game. Prospects like Jaylen Wright from Tennessee or Jonathon Brooks from Texas offer the speed, agility, and playmaking prowess to thrive in the Ravens’ run-heavy offensive scheme. By adding a talented running back to their roster, the Ravens can maintain their dominance on the ground and keep opposing defenses off balance. With nine picks in this year draft things could be really interesting for the Ravens’ camp.

Baltimore Ravens Draft Overview 2024

2023 record: 13-4
First in AFC North; lost to Chiefs in AFC Championship

Ravens 2024 draft picks (9):

Round 1, pick 30 (Clemson DB Nate Wiggins)
Round 2, pick 62
Round 3, pick 93
Round 4, pick 113 (acquired from Denver Broncos in Jake Martin trade)
Round 4, pick 130
Round 5, pick 165
Round 6, pick 218 (compensatory pick from New York Jets in Morgan Moses trade)
Round 7, pick 228 (acquired from New York Jets in Chuck Clark trade)
Round 7, pick 250

2023 Season Stats:

Total Offense: 354.4 yards per game (8th)
Rushing: 128.8 yards per game (8th)
Passing: 225.5 yards per game (16th)

Total Defense: 356.1 yards per game (26th)
Rushing: 103.4 yards per game (10th)
Passing: 252.7 yards per game (31st)