Mel Kiper Jr. gives the Ravens offense in latest two-round mock draft

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There’s no doubt that the Baltimore Ravens will be looking for instant impact playmakers in the 2021 draft. They could target a skill position player such as a wide receiver or opt to shore up their offensive line. Either way, when the draft is all said and done, Baltimore will most likely have more firepower on offense than they had beforehand.

In his latest two-round mock draft, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. made sure that the Ravens would be well set up on offense both for 2021 and the future, as he mocked two phenomenal offensive prospects to Baltimore. Both players would provide key depth at positions of need, as well as the ability to make a difference at the start of their rookie seasons.

With the Ravens’ first round selection at No. 27, Kiper Jr. selected wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr., the star wideout from LSU. While most of the attention has been on his counterpart Ja’Marr Chase, Marshall Jr. would provide Baltimore with an outside receiver who is also extremely versatile, as he can play out of the slot if asked to.

Marshall Jr. put up 106 receptions for 1,594 yards and 23 touchdowns during his three years with the Tigers. He’s extremely physical, a savvy route runner, and tough to bring down after the catch. Listed at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, he has a build that the Ravens are sorely lacking outside of the 6-foot-4, 220 pound Miles Boykin. Baltimore already has plenty of smaller receivers, so rounding out their wide receiver room with a big target like Marshall Jr. would make the Ravens’ offense even more dangerous.

In the second round, Kiper Jr. used Baltimore’s No. 58 selection to draft Notre Dame offensive lineman Liam Eichenberg. Getting a player like Eichenberg so late in the second round would be one of the steals of the draft, as many view him as a late-first round to early-second round prospect.

Eichenberg played left tackle for three years with the Fighting Irish, so he’d have to move over to right tackle or shift to guard in order to make an immediate impact with the Ravens. However, he is an extremely sound prospect who doesn’t have many weaknesses in his game. He also has a monster physical profile, standing at 6-foot-6 and weighing 305 pounds, so he has the size to hold his own in the NFL.

Both Marshall Jr. and Eichenberg are tantalizing prospects who Baltimore could use in many different ways. The Ravens already have a phenomenal offensive, but adding multiple high-level prospects would round out the unit and make it even more dangerous than it already is.