2020 NFL Mock Draft: Full first-round mock plus all Redskins picks
This may seem like an odd fit at first. After all, the Ravens do have Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram, Gus Edwards, and Justice Hill in their backfield. Why would they want another player to come in and split up the carries?
The answer is simple. There are a lot of carries to go around in Baltimore. Ingram is 30 and has 1,777 NFL touches under his belt. That’s not bad for a player his age, but it’s still worth watching considering that many backs decline after 30.
And while Edwards is solid and only turns 25 tomorrow, Hill struggled as a rookie between the tackles. So, the Ravens may be tempted to take a player like Jonathan Taylor to ensure that they keep a quality stable of backs.
Taylor had a prolific college career at Wisconsin. He averaged over 300 carries and 2,000 yards per season and had 55 total touchdowns during his career. He has a 5-foot-10 frame that carries 226 pounds and he runs with power and 4.39 speed. He has every tool that teams look for in a workhorse back.
The only thing working against Taylor is his college workload. But in Baltimore, he’d split carries as a rookie before taking on more of a bulk role in his second season. That would be good for him as he could make sure any nagging injuries are taken care of. But in reality, he was always very durable at Wisconsin anyway, so he should find similar success in the NFL.
Baltimore could spend a pick on a pass rusher. Or they could opt to take an interior lineman to help fill the void left behind by the now-retired Marshall Yanda. But don’t discount Taylor, especially considering that they have only three backs on the roster at the moment.