Kiper addressed the Ravens’ want for offensive line assist by mocking Kansas State guard Cooper Beebe to them within the second spherical at No. 62.

“The Ravens misplaced each beginning guards in free company, as each Kevin Zeitler and John Simpson signed with new groups. While they’re prone to promote from inside for a type of spots, they need to add competitors with one of many prime picks,” Kiper wrote. “Beebe has performed sort out and guard, however he has quick arms for his 6-3 body. He allowed just one sack over the previous three seasons.”

Are Trenton Simpson and Ben Cleveland Primed for Breakout Seasons?

Russell Street Report’s Dev Panchwagh famous that pundits usually overlook that the Ravens have an excellent monitor report of selling in-house gamers to efficiently exchange those that departed in free company. He cited Stephens changing Marcus Peters at cornerback and Geno Stone taking up for Chuck Clark at security final season as the newest examples.

Panchwagh recognized a handful of Ravens who could possibly be subsequent to flourish in beginning roles. Here’s a take a look at two:

“The highlight is on the previous Clemson Tiger and 2023 third-round decide with Patrick Queen shifting on to Pittsburgh. … The uncooked expertise – athleticism, velocity and explosion – oozes off the display. Simpson seems as fluid as a security enjoying linebacker. His motion and sideline-to-sideline monitoring skill is particular.

“Against Pittsburgh within the season finale, Simpson scored an 80.4 PFF grade with one sack and two tackles for loss. It wasn’t simply the uncooked numbers that stood out. It’s how Simpson handed the attention check. He was decisive and attacked with out hesitation. On one play specifically on a flat cross to tailback Najee Harris, Simpson shot the play and corralled the massive again within the open discipline, on a wet discipline at that. It was one of the crucial spectacular performs from any of the linebackers final season, and that was with two All-Pros enjoying forward of him.”

“Cleveland was drafted within the third spherical within the 2021 NFL Draft with some hype. … Cleveland was a high-testing prospect who confirmed off higher athleticism than you’d anticipate from a ridiculously giant human. In that draft class, Cleveland was additionally thought to be the most effective pass-blocking guards, and the general upside has all the time been fairly clear. However, Cleveland merely had not stepped as much as wrestle the job away from others, even in two seasons the place there was open competitors.

“Perhaps it was so simple as Cleveland needing to settle in at proper guard, the place he backed up Zeitler. In his begins, the previous Georgia Bulldog regarded good, anchoring on the level within the working recreation and dealing with varied cross professional obligations, together with cross rush stunts and blitz combos. He has fairly good footwork and processes nicely within the passing recreation. … Ultimately, Cleveland has the expertise to be a dependable starter, and it looks as if he is placing within the work too.”

How Well Ravens Can Rebuild Offensive Line Is ‘Burning Question’ Heading Into Draft

NFL.com’s Nick Shook named one burning query for every workforce heading into the draft. For the Ravens, not surprisingly, the query was whether or not the new-look offensive line can get the job performed after shedding three starters.

“Baltimore had quite a bit of exits this spring, together with almost its complete working backs room. But the Ravens are used to adjusting on the fly in the case of their backfield, thanks partly to their skill to get the job performed up entrance,” Shook wrote. “That is now in query, although, after three veterans left Charm City, scaling down the depth chart as we close to May. The excellent news: This draft is full of offensive line expertise. But there is a danger in drafting and instantly relying on rookie linemen in right this moment’s NFL, particularly with how little expertise most collegiate linemen achieve earlier than leaping to the subsequent stage.

“If ever there was a quarterback suited to take care of fixed strain, it is Lamar Jackson, however he wants to remain wholesome — one thing he struggled to perform in two straight seasons earlier than roaring again with an MVP marketing campaign in 2023. That O-line may also matter to Baltimore’s large new addition, Derrick Henry, who nonetheless has the juice however cannot carry the opposing workforce’s complete defensive entrance on his again, even when his stature suggests in any other case. The offensive line would be the linchpin for the Ravens, a workforce that boasted depth as its energy in 2023 and might want to attempt to construct it once more to stay atop the AFC.”