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Ravens Expected to Strengthen Defensive Line in Upcoming Draft

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With the conclusion of the 23-24 NFL season and the Super Bowl, attention now shifts to free agency and the upcoming draft. For the Baltimore Ravens and their fan base, the focus is on acquiring the right pieces to propel them beyond the AFC Championship game and towards a Super Bowl victory.

In Bleacher Report’s latest mock draft for the 2024 NFL Draft, released on February 12, they projected that the Ravens, holding pick No. 30, would select “EDGE Bralen Trice, Washington.” Trice, known for his prowess as a pass-rusher, has amassed an impressive 106 career pressures, ranking him fourth in college football over the past decade according to Pro Football Focus.

Despite the Ravens having to wait until the 30th pick, Bleacher Report notes their ability to let quality players come to them, showcasing a steady and consistent approach. In the AFC Championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Ravens’ top defensive line managed only two sacks on QB Patrick Mahomes. This performance, coupled with a slow defensive start, suggests a potential need to bolster the unit with a premium defender.

Bralen Trice, with 11.5 tackles for loss and 7.0 sacks in 2023, brings relentless energy to the field. Described as a player relying on power and relentlessness, Trice’s motor runs at full throttle at all times. While concerns about his athleticism and ability to execute finesse moves exist, BR suggests that placing him on the line versus linebacker may address these issues.

The Ravens face potential challenges with impending free agency for key defensive players such as Justin Madubuike, Jadeveon Clowney, and Kyle Van Noy. The possibility of losing these impactful players may necessitate a first-round pick at a premium position, especially considering the Ravens’ defensive-oriented identity. Matt Holder, a BR scout, emphasizes that maintaining the Ravens’ formidable pass rush is crucial, making Trice an appealing choice for his physical presence in the front seven.



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