The 2021 NFL draft is readily impending and without a outdated Scouting Mix this offseason because of COVID-19, things like pre-draft meetings also can imply rather more to groups like the Baltimore Ravens. As a portion of their pre-draft process, the Ravens are meeting with Tulsa outdoor linebacker Zaven Collins, in accordance with The Draft Community’s Justin Melo.
Baltimore is de facto in the combine for abet at outdoor linebacker no topic what they make in free agency. Matthew Judon, Yannick Ngakoue, and Tyus Bowser are assert to hit free agency and it’s now not like the Ravens were stacked at the assert heading into closing season. Whereas the aptitude lack of any of those gamers ought to be sufficient to have Baltimore very drawn to a pass rusher early in the 2021 NFL draft, the shortcoming of capable depth at the abet of the starters helps solidify the case. If all three were to leave in free agency, the Ravens would correct have Jaylon Ferguson and two undrafted gamers on the depth chart.
Baltimore became as soon as hoping to seem more from Ferguson, who became as soon as chosen in the third spherical of the 2019 NFL draft. Then all any other time, after two years in the league, Ferguson has seen his playing time decrease and didn’t establish up worthy production — combining for 4.5 sacks and 23 pressures in 28 video games while seeing his snap rely plug from 499 (51%) in 2019 to 302 (28%) in 2020. Chauncey Rivers and Aaron Adeoye have some promising traits for undrafted gamers nonetheless they’ve combined to be on the field for correct 23 snaps.
As we heard from in style supervisor Eric DeCosta closing twelve months, the impact of the coronavirus on the scouting process has supposed groups like Baltimore have to rely honest a miniature heavier on the things they may be able to catch. That map things like sport movie, virtual meetings, and talking to a prospect’s coaches will fabricate the image of the place a prospect at the second is and what they may be able to also become. It’s most essential to now not read too worthy into pre-draft meetings nonetheless it absolutely does recent a crew’s passion in a player as a minimal. And Collins is an engaging option for Baltimore as early as the principle spherical.
Collins has a dynamic and diversified ability assert that makes him handsome for a crew like the Ravens. As NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein’s scouting file notes, Collins has the scale, strength, and athleticism to manufacture plays all around the place the field. He can bustle the passer, plunge abet into protection, assert the brink, attain up in bustle reinforce, and every little thing in between.
Baltimore has on the entire cherished linebackers with that bear of versatility and has on the entire eyed gamers like Collins in assert of a pure pass rusher who also can catch more sacks nonetheless is rather more shrimp general. Sadly, that hasn’t constantly labored out for the Ravens. They’ve seen gamers like Kamalei Correa fight, in portion, since the fixed transferring around they’re asked to make doesn’t allow them to become in actuality adept at anybody direct. On the flip facet, gamers like Matthew Judon have been absolute steals later in the draft because of their versatility.
No topic if Collins at closing dons the purple and black in Baltimore or now not, the Ravens are clearly drawn to discovering some more abet at outdoor linebacker in the 2021 NFL draft.