The Ravens add a new edge rusher.
Azeez Ojulari, DE/OLB, Georgia
The selection and write-up were made by TheCrackpot:
The Baltimore Ravens are at a crossroads.
Ever since plopping down on Baltimore, much like the fetid deposits splattered about streets, sidewalks, and the hoods of cars by their filthy, black feathered namesake, the Ravens had, for better or worse, hitched their ponies firmly to the defensive side of the ball.
That is, of course, until Lamar Jackson came along.
Now, Eric DeCosta and friends must decide whether or not to deny the football philosophy embedded in their DNA and fully embrace their new found offensive potential or, reinvest in what they know best and has worked for them in the past.
Fans who have recently acquired a taste for watching their team score lots touchdowns and the offense obsessed league executives and moneymen in New York, or where ever, would probably love to see the Ravens snag an player like Rashod Bateman, a wide receiver who is skilled at getting himself open in the exact parts of the field that Jackson is most comfortable throwing to. They have expended quite a bit of draft capital in recent years trying to find the right player for this. Marquise Brown, they hope, hasn’t yet reached his full potential and he will one day become a primary threat. As of now, he is not. Boykin has been a bit of a disappointment and Duvernay hasn’t shown he can be completely depended on. Watkins is probably more of a hopeful shot in the dark at best. So, the temptation to go WR with this pick has to be there.
However, I believe that the loss of Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue, the advanced age of Calais Campbell, a middle 1st Round run on O-linemen (you can definitely tell it’s Browns fans picking these players) and the belief that this draft is rich with later round WR gems, will combine to motivate Baltimore to reinforce their pass rush and draft Azeez Ojulari, a defensive end from the Georgia Bulldogs.
His speed and sack production (9.5 in ‘20) along with stout run defense will more than compensate for any deficiencies in size or technique. The Ravens believe in their defensive coaches ability to build him up and put him in the best position to succeed. It won’t matter much if he stays an EDGE or moves to OLB.
Pokorny: “I like Ojulari’s potential — and after this pick was made, the Ravens acquired another first round pick at No. 31 overall.”
The New Orleans Saints are up next, led by TheCannonGoesBOOM.