Every year you look up and down the Ravens’ draft and you go sit and say, damn, these were some good picks. Day 2 is usually where you see them shine and defensively they’re restocking at some important positions but offensively, they got some studs with the selection of Ohio State running back JK Dobbins (55 overall) and Texas receiver Devin Duvernay (92 overall). They also picked up a developmental tackle in Tyre Phillips to close out the third round at pick no. 106.
With Dobbins the Ravens get another running back in the stable that is in the bowling ball model, short, fast, and breaks tackles. In three years as a Buckeye, Dobbins played 14 games, three straight season and had 725 carries for 4,459 yards (including 301 carries for 2,003 in 2019) and finished with a hefty 6.2 YPC. If there’s a knock, it’s his skills as a receiver, but few Buckeye running backs are ever dual threats.
Duvernay is of the slot mold with notable burst. His hands are very good but he’s not a receiver with a big route tree. Still, he stretches the field and the Ravens are starving for a playmaking receiver.
The Ravens don’t need to throw the ball when they have Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram, and now Dobbins. Gus Edwards and Justice Hill will have a fight on their hands, but it’s a deep stable of runners and Dobbins is insurance for when Ingram becomes either too expensive or too old (he’s 30).
As for receiver, the Ravens have struggled finding anyone but tight ends to catch the ball. Miles Boykin has been slow to develop, so far, while Marquise “Hollywood” Brown is injury prone and tailed off mid-season last year. Willie Snead is who he is, and so if the 5-11 Duvernay can eventually be a shadow of what Steve Smith Sr. was at 5-9 for the Ravens, then he will be an immediate contributor.