The Baltimore Ravens’ season came to a disappointing end, losing in the Divisional Round of the 2020-2021 NFL Playoffs to the Buffalo Bills. For the third consecutive season, the Ravens got bounced out of the playoffs without reaching the Super Bowl. Going into the 2021 NFL Draft, the Ravens will need to fill some holes to attempt to hit their championship window. In this Ravens 7-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft, Baltimore fills some gaps for a potential Super Bowl run.
By utilizing PFN’s Free NFL Mock Draft Simulator, we look at just how the Ravens can fill these pressing needs in the 2021 NFL Draft. Do they upgrade the interior of their offensive line early? Also, do they add a dynamic pass-catcher to give Jackson more weapons? With their first pick, the Baltimore Ravens are on the clock.
Ravens Pre-Senior Bowl 7-Round 2021 NFL Mock Draft
- Round 1, Pick 27: Creed Humphrey, OC, Oklahoma
- Round 2, Pick 58: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC
- Round 4, Pick 123: Victor Dimukeje, EDGE, Duke
- Round 5, Pick 153: Landon Young, OT, Kentucky
- Round 6, Pick 186: Paris Ford, S, Pitt
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Ravens 2021 NFL Mock Draft pick-by-pick analysis
Creed Humphrey, OC, Oklahoma
With Matt Skura set to be a free agent in 2021, the Ravens could find his replacement pretty quickly in the 2021 NFL Draft. With the need for an upgrade in the offensive line’s interior, the Ravens find their future center with their first-round selection.
In this Ravens 7-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft, Baltimore takes Oklahoma’s Creed Humphrey with the 27th overall selection. Humphrey can take over right away as the team’s center. He can also provide a significant boost up front to help protect Lamar Jackson.
Humphrey was a key contributor for Oklahoma’s offensive line and was a durable player during his time in college. While there, he made 36 consecutive starts for the Sooners’ explosive offense under Lincoln Riley. He brings excellent football IQ and a wrestling background to the offensive line. This level of “nasty” would be a perfect match with the Ravens’ gritty “grind it out” mentality.
Yet, if the Ravens continue to utilize a run-heavy offensive scheme, having a quarterback on the offensive line like Humphrey will be necessary when going against tougher defensive interiors. While he isn’t the best athlete on the field, his use and understanding of physical leverage is something he uses to his advantage.
Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC
Even with impending free agents like Willie Snead and Dez Bryant, the Ravens’ wide receiver room needs an extra boost. Marquise Brown is not a number one receiver. The team needs reliable pass catchers to help Lamar Jackson and this Baltimore offense do more than just run the ball.
While I fully expect the Ravens to target the position in free agency, they should still target one in a relatively deep wide receiver draft class. With their second-round pick of this Ravens 7-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft, they do just that.
USC’s Amon-Ra St. Brown, brother of Packers’ wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown, could be a great addition to this Baltimore offense. For instance, the Ravens haven’t had the best luck in drafting wide receivers (thank you to my good friend and Ravens fan Riley Halligan for the information), St. Brown could be the change of pace they need.
St. Brown has the versatility to play outside or in the slot and has a lot of toughness in his game. He would work well in the Ravens’ passing game, showing the capability to run fantastic routes at any depth. Therefore, if the Ravens choose to really open up their playbook next season, adding a weapon like St. Brown is a necessity.
Victor Dimukeje, EDGE, Duke
The Ravens have several edge defenders set to hit free agency in 2021. However, it’s safe to assume that they may target a capable edge player in the 2021 NFL Draft. In this Ravens 7-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft, they select Duke’s Victor Dimukeje with their fourth-round pick. While Dimukeje may not be an immediate starter in the NFL, he has the skill set to develop into a starter down the road.
A consistent player on defense, Dimukeje was a four-year starter for the Blue Devils and averaged just over 7 sacks a season. He has solid power in his pass rush and great technique off the edge. If he can continue to be consistent in his production, he should turn into a decent starter. Therefore, with players like Matthew Judon, Yannick Ngakoue, Pernell McPhee, and Tyus Bowser set to hit the market, selecting a capable edge rusher should be a priority for Baltimore.
Landon Young, OT, Kentucky
The Ravens have capable starters at the offensive tackle position going into 2021. However, they could add depth in this Ravens 7-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft with D.J. Fluker set to be a free agent. Therefore, Tyre Phillips is presumed to be the starter going into next season. Thus in this mock draft, the Ravens add an offensive tackle with a mean streak who played in a similar offensive scheme in college.
With their fifth-round pick, the Ravens take Kentucky’s offensive tackle, Landon Young. Young is a mauler on the offensive front and played in a run-heavy system at Kentucky in 2019. With power concepts and quarterback speed options being the focal points of that offense with Lynn Bowden as the quarterback, Young was mainly tasked as a run blocker. Therefore, Young would have a chance to grow and possibly be a contributor early on in his career in Baltimore.
Paris Ford, S, Pitt
Baltimore has a couple of backup safeties hitting the free agent market in 2021. Also, in 2022, DeShon Elliott is set to hit the free agent market. However, the Ravens can prepare for these potential departures in this Ravens 7-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft. Therefore, with their sixth-round pick, they select Paris Ford from Pitt.
Ford is an exciting safety that could bring an exciting skill set to the Ravens secondary. He’s a hard-hitting safety that shows tremendous range and ball skills. However, his willingness to be extra physical can lead to missed tackle opportunities and bad tackling angles.
At only 6’0″, 190 pounds, Ford isn’t necessarily big enough to be a proper box safety but doesn’t have the coverage skills to play in deep zones. Above all, If he can hone his skills, he could be an impactful starting safety down the road.
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