For weeks, the Ravens wondered how the NFL draft would unfold: Who would be available, and when? Which teams can be business partners? Where will the greatest value be?
Now, with the rookie minicamp over, the Ravens can turn their attention to the less abstract and perhaps more funny questions: Who can help out from a highly acclaimed draft class, and how?
On offense, at least one top pick, center Tyler Linderbaum, projects as a starter. But all five offensive players can play a vital role till the end of the season. Based on data from Sports Info Solutions and Pro Football Focus, as well as schematic ideas, here’s a look at how they might fit in.
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Linderbaum expected to land in a zone-running offense where his elite lateral movement could be better adapted and his shorter frame could be better hidden. Instead, it fell to the run-heavy Ravens, who have sampled zone concepts (in which linemen block a certain area) under coordinator Greg Roman but have mainly feasted on interval concepts (in which linemen do some target the defenders).
Harbaugh said after Linderbaum was drafted, the Ravens “run everything”, and team officials believe that their athleticism unlocks every block in their playbook. The most obvious boost may come in the Ravens Zone schemes, which have been common over the past two years. He finished 2020 with only 5 yards per carry-off concept and 4.3 yards last season, both below his season-long average.
Linderbaum can also be a weapon in the form of a puller in Ravens’ power-running game. Bradley Bozeman was one of the NFL’s more active pulling centers last season, but his average ability in space—and the Ravens’ rapid attack injuries—limited the team to just 35 yards on his 17 designed pulls. If Linderbaum can hold on to pass safety as well as Iowa, he could quickly develop into one of the NFL’s most versatile centers, a rookie capable of opening the offense in new ways.
“He’s a really tremendous athlete, knows how to play the position, how to get his body in the right place, and then he works consistently to keep his block,” said Ravens director of player personnel Joe. Hortiz said. “You’ll see it when they show the highlights; he’ll block three guys in a play. He’s so much fun to watch. And the like. [general manager] Eric [DeCosta] As mentioned, he is a consensus figure with all the scouts and coaches. Everyone looked at him that way. You just turned on the movie and it’s clear he can play anywhere. ,
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Faalele’s block-out-the-sun shape is unique. He checked in at the NFL Scouting Combine at 6-8 and 384 pounds, and said Saturday that his ideal playing weight is about 375 pounds. According to draft database MockDraftable, only five offensive tackle prospects have weighed at least 370 pounds since 1999. Only one has been taller than even 6-6: 2017 fourth-rounder Zach Banner (6-8,353 pounds). Even the former Ravens weighed in at just 345 pounds in an NFL scouting combination to tackle Orlando Brown Jr., Falley’s most common comparison.
Faalele’s massive frame is an asset in his run blocking, as he graded well in both the Gap and Zone plans for Minnesota last season. Phalele had one of the lowest plying block rates in the country. In pass safety, he allowed only one sack and two quarterback hits in 301 near-block snaps. Hortiz stated that Faley is a more polished pass blocker and was a less physical run blocker than Brown when he entered the NFL. But Falle, like Brown, will have to wait for a starting job.
“He’s going to play this year, there’s no doubt about it,” Harbaugh said. “The boy is big. He can move. He has good legs. I was just watching the tapes. He’s moving his legs really well, and yet he has a lot to learn. He needs to get better.” He has to go to work every day, but I hope he plays football for us this year.
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The comparison to Mark Andrews also makes sense. At least the college versions do. Both were prolific Big 12 Conference tight ends; Kolar’s 158 catches are the highest level among Division I players since 2019. Matchups in both slots were nightmare; Last season Kolar aligned for 511 yards, and was on the tight end for 215 yards. And both were knocked out for their blocking ability during the predraft process.
But Kolar’s most promising similarity may be where he was most productive. His 588 yards in the middle of the field in 11 games last season was the second-highest for a Big 12 tight end since 2016 – behind only Andrews’ 710 yards in 14 games in 2017. Kolar isn’t as easy a route runner as Andrews, but he knows how to take advantage of physical mismatches, taking out defensive backs and then boxing them over intermediate routes. He rarely ruined his own goal, with just five drops on 174 catchable passes in his career.
With Andrews heavily used, Kolar’s role as a rookie could be limited, especially in the slot. But the Kolar’s measurable in-lines indicate his potential as a tight end. Among players on position, he is ranked 93rd in arm length and height, 81st in wingspan, and 62nd in arm size. The slender-legged Kolar weighs just 252 pounds, and a heavy body can slow his movement. But after running a 4.62-second 40-yard dash at Iowa State’s Pro Day, his straight-line acceleration is already impressive.
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Like the collar, potentially profiled as an “F” tight end, often positioned in the slot and possibly as an H-back. At Coastal Carolina, he chose safari and cornerback as the second level blocker, where he could use his size, speed and striking ability to clear a path for the Chanterelles’ overseas run game. But Chance’s lean build isn’t ideal for an in-line tight end. He could struggle to build an edge against defensive ends and outside linebackers, especially early in his career.
As a receiver, Chance’s role in the Ravens’ heavy personnel groups would be interesting. At Coastal Carolina last season, the spread that Lux favored was in one-tight-end formation (4.2 yards per route run and 16.8 yards per catch) compared to two- or three-tight-end sets (2.5 yards per route). was far more effective. runs, 11.1 yards per catch).
Next to Andrews, however, should probably be a complementary piece, not a redundant one. While Andrews may have dominated from the slot, chances are he had 547 yards last season, when he pitched as a tight end. He could have added a new dimension to the Ravens’ play-action game, not only threatening linebackers and safeties vertically with his bursts, but also emphasizing defense horizontally as a goal against the grain in the flat. . He made 10 missed tackles last season, one of the best in the country.
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It’s not hard to imagine what a baddie in Ravens’ crime might look like. The staples of Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz’s plan—presnap motion, shotgun-heavy alignments, reliance on play-action—are staples in Baltimore under Roman. Last season, all but 23 of Badi’s 1,604 rushing yards came out of shotgun formations. He was also almost equally productive in zone schemes (6 yards per carry) and gap schemes (5.9 yards per carry).
If JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards both enter the season healthy, Badi’s role as a rookie may be circumstantial. Harbaugh indicated that with the arrival of Athletic Linderbaum, the Ravens could run more screen passes, which they overlooked with Jackson at quarterback. Baddie took 54 catches for 330 yards and scored four last season, his third straight year with at least 300 receiving yards, and the screen carried much of that success. In 2019 and 2021, he had 18 and 25 such catches for 207 yards and 151 yards respectively.
“I think he has that versatility [with] His ability to achieve,” said Hortiz. “He’s quick and quick from the backfield. He has really natural hands, catches the ball clean, so I think the potential is there, but you like him as a sprinter too. You get him third-down.” Don’t want to just pigeonhole as Back, because you see him running inside, and you see him bounce and chop things into the teeth of the defense, and he runs with good pad level and balance and determination So he’ll come in and compete, and he’s going to do whatever he can to get on the field and help us.”