The Ravens are still a few months away from making their first pick, but preparations have already begun for the 2023 NFL draft.
That includes scouting the all-star showcases, none bigger than the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. Starting Tuesday, more than 100 of the nation’s top college prospects will gather for a week of practice and an annual exhibition that serves as the unofficial kickoff of draft season.
After the Ravens finished 10-7 and lost to the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC wild-card round, coach John Harbaugh and general manager Eric DeCosta have plenty of work to do to rebuild the roster, including coming to terms with star quarterback Lamar Jackson on a long-term contract extension. With just five projected picks, including No. 22 in the first round, finding quality talent both early and late will be crucial when the draft begins April 27 in Kansas City.
Here’s a look at 15 Senior Bowl players the Ravens could target in the draft, with a focus on positions of need — wide receiver, cornerback, offensive line and defensive line.
SMU wide receiver Rashee Rice
The 6-foot-2, 203-pound Rice is projected to land early in the second round, but he could put himself in the Ravens’ range at No. 22 with a standout week of practice. As a senior, he led the nation in receiving yards per game (112.9) and earned second-team All-America honors from the Associated Press.
Iowa State wide receiver Xavier Hutchinson
If the Ravens wait until Day 2 to find a wide receiver, the 6-3, 205-pound Hutchinson could be a fit. He recorded a school-record 107 catches for 1,171 yards and six touchdowns in 2022 to earn first-team All-America honors from the Associated Press.
Houston wide receiver Nathaniel Dell
Nicknamed “Tank,” the 5-10, 165-pound Dell punched above his weight class by recording 108 catches for 1,399 yards and a nation-leading 17 touchdowns in 2022. The third-team All-America selection by the Associated Press is a projected late Day 2 pick but could rise with a standout showing in Mobile.
Florida offensive lineman O’Cyrus Torrence
With Ben Powers expected to receive plenty of attention in free agency, the Ravens could be looking for a new starter at left guard. The 6-5, 347-pound Torrence is considered the top guard prospect in the draft and a likely first-round pick after a standout season against Southeastern Conference competition.
Maryland offensive lineman Jaelyn Duncan
The 6-6, 320-pound Duncan has earned some first-round buzz and could continue to rise from his spot at No. 56 on The Athletic’s consensus big board, which complies rankings from several analysts. After playing three seasons at left tackle for the Terps, the former St. Frances standout could kick inside to guard early in his NFL career.
Alabama offensive lineman Tyler Steen
After four seasons at Vanderbilt, including 33 straight starts, the 6-5, 315-pound Steen transferred to Alabama and immediately took over at left tackle, where he earned second-team All-SEC honors from the league’s coaches. He ranks No. 94 on The Athletic’s consensus big board, putting him in range for the Ravens’ third-round pick.
Miami cornerback Tyrique Stevenson
The 6-foot, 214-pound Stevenson was recently projected to land in the first round by the NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah, which could make him an option for the Ravens at No. 22. He recorded 115 tackles, 24 pass deflections and three interceptions in 46 career games with Georgia and Miami and was named third-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference in 2022.
Stanford cornerback Kyu Blu Kelly
The 6-1, 188-pound Kelly is a potential second-round pick, which could keep him out of the Ravens’ range unless they trade up. The son of former NFL corner Brian Kelly has started each of his four seasons at Stanford, earning second-team All-Pac 12 honors as a junior in 2021.
Maryland cornerback Jakorian Bennett
The 5-11, 195-pound Bennett will return to his hometown of Mobile to compete against some of the best NFL prospects in the country, continuing his journey from overlooked recruit to Big Ten standout. The former junior college star has recorded the most pass breakups (27) of any player in the Power Five since the start of the 2021 season.
Georgia Tech defensive lineman Keion White
The 6-5, 286-pound White made a surprise appearance in ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr.’s latest mock draft, coming in at No. 19. After moving from tight end to defensive end at Old Dominion and earning second-team All-Conference USA honors, he transferred to Georgia Tech and enjoyed a breakout redshirt senior season, recording 7 1/2 sacks and 14 tackles for loss.
Notre Dame defensive lineman Isaiah Foskey
The 6-5, 265-pound Foskey is another potential first-round selection after a standout career at Notre Dame, but there are questions about how he’ll measure up in one-on-one drills. Since becoming a full-time starter in 2021, he’s recorded 26 1/2 tackles for loss, 22 sacks and seven forced fumbles.
Northwestern defensive lineman Adetomiwa Adebawore
The 6-2, 280-pound Adebawore, a projected Day 2 pick, was perhaps the lone bright spot on defense for a Northwestern team that finished 1-11, earning third-team All-Big Ten honors from the media. According to Pro Football Focus, his 27 run stops this past season ranked third among all Big Ten edge rushers.
Bowling Green defensive lineman Karl Brooks
The 6-4, 300-pound Brooks’ productive college career culminated with a career-high 10 sacks and 18 tackles for loss in 2022. The projected Day 2 pick earned first-team All-America honors from Pro Football Focus and was a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award given to the nation’s top defensive end.
Wisconsin defensive tackle Keeanu Benton
The 6-4, 315-pound Benton recorded a career-high 4 1/2 sacks and 10 tackles for loss as a senior to earn third-team All-Big Ten honors from the league’s coaches. He’s ranked the No. 72 overall prospect by PFF and could go early in the second round.
Auburn edge rusher Derick Hall
Although a bit undersized for his position, the 6-3, 256-pound Hall ranks No. 65 on The Athletic’s consensus big board after recording 19 1/2 sacks, 28 tackles for loss and five forced fumbles in three seasons as a starter. As a senior, he was named first-team All-SEC by the league’s coaches, as well as the team’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Alabama
Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
TV: NFL Network