Ravens draft needs
The Ravens missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007, showing the team had many holes need to be filled on offense.
Baltimore’s offensive line took a huge step back from their play in the Super Bowl run last season. Matt Birk retired, Bryant McKinnie became lazy again, Kelechi Osemele needed back surgery, Marshall Yanda
regressed and Michael Oher…played like Michael Oher.
Another serious concern was the lack of a true possession receiver. Losing Anquan Boldin and missing Dennis Pitta for most of the season really set back Joe Flacco’s play. Torrey Smith had to be utilized as a
possession receiver, which isn’t his type of style.
The Ravens will either get the pick No. 16 or 17 (depending on a coin flip with the Cowboys), which is an interesting spot for the team. There are a couple of options that could be available for Baltimore; it all just
depends on who the front office really wants.
One player that could be available when the Ravens pick is Mike Evans, a receiver from Texas A&M.
Evans is a freak receiver at 6-foot-5 and has great hands. He finished the 2013 season with 69 receptions, 1,394 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Aggies.
Baltimore tried finding tall receivers in the past with Clarence Moore and Demetrius Williams, but neither was able to pan out. Evans could break the mold though, as he possesses great hands and can fly up the
field after the catch.
It would be hard for the Ravens to pass up on Evans in the first round, but the team does have a bad history at drafting receivers in the first round (Travis Taylor and Mark Clayton). However, Flacco needs a big
possession receiver and Mike Evans could fill that role.
Another player that might be there for the Ravens is C.J. Mosley.
The inside linebacker from Alabama made 106 tackles this season and showed good tackling skills this season. Inside linebacker could be a need for the Ravens, as Daryl Smith is no lock to resign with the team
and Jameel McClain is likely getting released.
Mosley might be a Top-10 pick, but he could also somehow drop down to Baltimore’s pick. The idea of having Mosley and Arthur Brown as the future inside linebackers for the Ravens might be too hard to pass
The Ravens could also choose to upgrade their offensive line by taking Notre Dame guard/tackle Zack Martin. He played very well in the Senior Bowl, which helped his stock move up.
Martin can play either guard or tackle, but the Ravens could put him at left guard and slide Osemele to right tackle. An offensive line with Eugene Monroe (if resigned) and Osemele tackles, Martin and Yanda at
guards a new center would look a lot better for Baltimore.
It’s a very important draft for the Ravens coming up, but Baltimore fans shouldn’t be too nervous. General Manager Ozzie Newsome and the rest of the front office almost always draft incredibly well
So while it will be interesting to see whom the Ravens pick, it’s pretty easy to put your faith in the general manager that’s drafted Jonathan Ogden, Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs and Joe Flacco.
In Ozzie we trust.