Leonard Fournette will likely be the first running back taken in the upcoming NFL Draft, and he is expected to land in the top 10.
Several mock drafts have Fournette being taken by the Carolina Panthers at No. 8 or even as high as the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 4. But according to Jeff Zreibec of the Baltimore Sun, the Baltimore Ravens “love” Fournette and are hoping he falls to them at No. 16. He writes that the only way be sees Baltimore taking a running back is if Fournette falls to them.
If the Ravens want him, they will likely have to trade into the top 10—and possibly the top 5—to acquire him.
The Ravens have other needs, such as wide receiver and pass rusher, and this running back class has plenty of depth. If Baltimore isn’t planning on drafting someone like Cook or McCaffrey, then they might wait until a later round to draft a RB.
Fournette would be a difference maker for the Ravens’ offense, and they haven’t had a top back since Ray Rice was in his prime. But they might not want to give up the assets necessary to jump into the top of the draft to get him.
(h/t Pro Football Rumors)