Eisenberg: 50 Words Or Less

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Wisconsin linebacker Zack Baun runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine.

Various thoughts on various things, all in 50 words or less:

There are enough mock drafts to fill up your days in self-isolation, but I heed some more than others. The NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah is a former Ravens scout who knows the organization, nailed the Hollywood Brown pick a year ago and has them taking Wisconsin linebacker Zack Baun this year.

Oklahoma's Kenneth Murray and LSU's Patrick Queen are being mocked to the Ravens more than any other players. But they might be gone by No. 28, and yes, something tells me Defensive Coordinator Wink Martindale could have fun with the ascending Baun, who can play inside or on the edge.

When Ravens GM Eric DeCosta was asked which positions other than wide receiver were strong in the 2020 draft class, the first position he mentioned was quarterback. In other words, don't be surprised if the Ravens draft a guy (late) to challenge Trace McSorley as the future backup quarterback.

I see the chatter about the Ravens possibly drafting a running back. And I see that they need depth at the position because they run the ball so much. But with Mark Ingram II, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill on board, I just don't see the need for new blood.

Where they could use new blood is at tight end after Hayden Hurst's departure. I'm fully expecting them to make a Day 2 or Day 3 pick at the position, with the big question being whether the new guy skews more toward blocking or receiving. Receivers tend to go higher.

It bodes well for Marshall Yanda's Hall of Fame candidacy that he was unanimously selected to the NFL Network's All-Decade team for the 2010s. Fifty-two players made it, but only Tom Brady, Yanda and six others were unanimous. Guards toil in obscurity but it seems Yanda's excellence resonated beyond Baltimore.

It also bodes well for Justin Tucker's Hall chances that he was a unanimous All-Decade team selection. Unlike with Yanda, the general football world is well aware of how good Tucker has been. And at 30, he is far from done. But he is on a path toward big things.

When DeCosta told the media in a conference call this week that trading up in the first round was "dangerous" and "a bit risky," he sure sounded like a guy who wasn't going to do it in 2020. Yes, smoke gets blown before the draft, but I'd bet against it.

Although the Ravens don't have much salary cap room, limiting their ability to maneuver, I'm guessing they'll find a way to add another veteran puzzle piece. And my guess is it'll be a pass rusher. Some interesting possibilities out there, and prices drop the longer they sit.

I get that the Ravens might not need three-down inside linebackers as much anymore because they shuffle so many defensive backs into those positions on third downs. But as they learned last season, they're always going to need inside linebackers who can stop the run on first and second downs.

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