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Ravens’ draft goal: Make record offense ‘undefendable’

General manager Eric DeCosta set a new goal heading into an NFL draft, where the Ravens must infuse more young talent into the NFL’s highest-scoring offense.

“Hopefully we can build our offense to the point where — as we say, to be undefendable,” DeCosta said at the team’s pre-draft news conference.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

While it’s incredibly bold, it was only nine months ago that coach John Harbaugh was mocked for predicting the Ravens would usher a new era of offense. Baltimore backed that up by scoring a league-high 30.4 points on offense behind Jackson, the unanimous NFL Most Valuable Player.4

To keep lighting up the scoreboard, this has the makings of being a more offense-heavy draft than one would expect from a team returning 10 starters on that side of the ball. This offseason, the Ravens lost two key contributors — Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda retired and tight end Hayden Hurst was traded to Atlanta — and they didn’t add much in free agency outside of re-signing reserve wide receivers Chris Moore and De’Anthony Thomas.

Even though Baltimore might use an early pick on a pass-rusher or inside linebacker, the storyline of the Ravens’ 2020 draft should be adding more difference-makers around Jackson. Baltimore can realistically come out of this draft with a wide receiver or two, a couple of offensive linemen (perhaps someone who can compete at Yanda’s old spot at right guard), a running back and a tight end.nfl cheap jerseys nike

Harbaugh has talked about the need for this offense to evolve, and recent history shows it will be hard for the Ravens to repeat last season’s success unless they upgrade through the draft, which has produced five offensive starters for them the past two years. The highest-scoring offenses in the past five years in the NFL have fallen to fifth or worse the following year. Nine of the past 10 highest-scoring offenses have scored fewer points the next season. Over past 10 seasons, the average drop-off for the highest-scoring offense has been 5.76 points.

Now, imagine how much more electric the Ravens could be with Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins pulling in a contested Jackson pass in the end zone or Georgia running back D’Andre Swift breaking free for a 50-yard score. Picture how much more powerful Baltimore can become with an offensive lineman like Houston’s Josh Jones or Michigan’s Cesar Ruiz delivering key blocks.