WITH PICK NO. 28, THERE ARE NEEDS

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - By C.J. Doon

Af­ter their 28-12 AFC di­vi­sional-round loss to the Ten­nessee Ti­tans on Satur­day night, the Ravens will pick No. 28 over­all in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft.

From now un­til the NFL scout­ing com­bine begins Feb. 23 in In­di­anapo­lis and the draft is held April 23-25 in Las Ve­gas, a lot will change as play­ers move up and down draft boards.

In the mean­time, it’s clear that the Ravens need help at some key po­si­tions. Here are five play­ers they could tar­get in the first round:

Ter­rell Lewis, edge, Alabama

The last time the Ravens drafted an Alabama pass rusher, it didn’t work out so well. But Lewis is a much dif­fer­ent player. At 6 feet 5 and 258 pounds, he is a long, ex­plo­sive ath­lete with a re­ported 40-yard-dash time of 4.65 sec­onds. The Ath­letic’s Dane Brugler wrote that Lewis “flashes Danielle Hunter-like up­side,” which is ex­actly what the Ravens need on their de­fen­sive front, es­pe­cially if Matthew Judon leaves in free agency.

Justin Jef­fer­son, WR, LSU

At 6-3 and 192 pounds, Jef­fer­son would com­ple­ment the speedy 5-9, 170-pound Mar­quise “Hol­ly­wood” Brown. Ac­cord­ing to an­a­lyt­ics web­site Pro Foot­ball Fo­cus, his 83.6% catch rate was by far the best mark among re­ceivers with at least 65 tar­geted passes. He also broke 22 tack­les, tied for the fourth most among wide­outs, and would give quar­ter­back La­mar Jack­son an­other ta­lented af­ter-the-catch play­maker.

Zack Baun, LB/edge, Wis­con­sin

Baun might end up be­ing an off-ball linebacker in the NFL, but he earned one of PFF’s high­est pass-rush­ing grades and fin­ished sec­ond in the Big Ten in both sacks (121⁄ and tack­les for loss (191⁄ be­hind only Ohio State star and Heis­man Tro­phy fi­nal­ist Chase Young. That ver­sa­til­ity should make him at­trac­tive to a team that needs help at linebacker and edge rusher.

Tyler Bi­adasz, C, Wis­con­sin

Bi­adasz was a first-team All-Amer­ica se­lec­tion by PFF in 2019 and was the web­site’s only cen­ter with elite grades in both the run game and pass­ing game. Patrick Mekari strug­gled in the Ravens’ di­vi­sional-round loss to the Ti­tans and Matt Skura, com­ing off a torn ACL, PCL and MCL in his left knee, is a re­stricted free agent this off­sea­son, which means the Ravens could be look­ing for a new start­ing cen­ter.

Neville Gal­limore, DT, Ok­la­homa

Michael Pierce, Do­mata Peko Sr., Justin El­lis and Ji­had Ward are all un­re­stricted free agents in 2020. Gal­limore has freaky speed for a 6-2, 302-pound tackle and had the third-best pass-rush win rate in the Big 12 (12%) en­ter­ing the con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship game, per PFF. In col­lege foot­ball re­porter Bruce Feld­man’s “Freaks List” for The Ath­letic ahead of the 2019 sea­son, Gal­limore ranked sec­ond, hav­ing run a 4.76 40yard dash and squat­ted 800 pounds, ac­cord­ing to coaches and team­mates.

MICHAEL CON­ROY/AP

Wis­con­sin linebacker Zack Baun.

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