The Ravens have made the trenches a priority in the 2020 NFL Draft on both sides of the ball. They continued that trend in the fifth round with their selection of defensive lineman Broderick Washington, Jr.
Washington, a three-year starter at Texas Tech, is a wide nose tackle who has a reputation for being an excellent teammate.
Here are five things to know about the newest Baltimore Raven.
1. He's a run-stuffer
Washington was named a team captain both his junior and senior seasons, establishing himself as a respected leader on the defense. His biggest on-field attribute came in rush defense, where he was a notorious run-stuffing nose tackle.
He may not have racked up many sacks, and he will need to develop additional pass-rushing moves to establish himself at the NFL level. But as a ready-made run-stuffer, he may be able to fill in for Michael Pierce's shoes quite nicely as a rotational player already.
2. He led the Texas Tech defensive line in tackles for three straight seasons
Moreso than their measurables, the Ravens covet players who show up on the tape. On defense, they like players who can step up and make tackles. The biggest weakness on the defense in 2019 was tackling, so it's no surprise to see them targeting a player who was known for his sure, active tackling.
3. Another durable player
One of the reasons Washington was able to lead his position in tackles in each of the last three seasons is his durability. Washington is yet another Ravens draft pick who didn't miss a single game in his college career, and he started every game in his final three seasons.
The Ravens were fortunate to be relatively healthy throughout their 2019 season, and they are clearly prioritizing players who can continue to stay on the field for them.
4. His hands might be too big?
Washington's hands measured at a remarkable 10 3/8 inches at the combine, and it turns out, their size may have actually been a deterrent in one area.
fun fact: Broderick Washington told me at the combine he has trouble forcing fumbles because his enormous hands are too big.— Christian D'Andrea (@TrainIsland) April 25, 2020
Washington forced just one fumble in his college career despite never missing a game.
5. He was selected with the pick acquired in the Kaare Vedvik trade
Eric DeCosta famously traded the Ravens' backup kicker, Kaare Vedvik, to the Minnesota Vikings, where he was released three weeks later. The Ravens managed to acquire a fifth-round pick in the process and were widely lauded by fans and experts. Washington is the choice made with that pick.
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