Michael Pittman Jr.
In the first round of the 2019 draft, the Ravens elected to add more explosiveness around Lamar Jackson when they selected Marquise Brown out of Oklahoma. While Brown flashed big moments at times during his rookie season though, he was inconsistent as a whole. He’s not a possession player and, outside of him and the tight ends, the pass-catchers in Baltimore leave a ton to be desired. Hence using the No. 92 pick on Michael Pittman Jr. out of USC.
Pittman is in stark contrast to Brown in terms of speed — he’s not a guy that’s going to burn defenders with his speed. However, he has solid footwork to create separation and get open to utilize his great hands to make plays. Furthermore, his imposing, long physical frame makes him a nightmare to defend in 50-50 and red zone situations, meaning he’s a weapon that can very much give the Ravens offense another dangerous weapon to work with.
You had to feel bad for Anthony McFarland watching him play on a downright dysfunctional Maryland Terrapins this past season, especially after the flashes he showed in the 2018 season. Regardless, this is a prospect with a ton of juice to his game, capable of breaking off big plays and making defenders miss in a phone booth with his quickness. Adding him to Jackson in this rushing attack would be fantastic.
Admittedly, Mark Ingram was phenomenal for the Ravens this season and, late-year injury aside, showed no signs of slowing down. However, his age and durability concern me and, though Baltimore drafted Justice Hill last year, I’d still like to add as much explosiveness and weapons to this team as possible. Thus, McFarland at this point makes a lot of sense to me.