2014 Draft: DeCosta Talks Offense – Tackles and WRs


The Baltimore Ravens have done a solid job thus far this offseason upgrading their offense after watching it fail miserably last season, when the team ranked near the bottom of the league in nearly every category.

The free agent signings of wide receiver Steve Smith, tight end Owen Daniels, center Jeremy Zuttah appeased fans while addressing glaring holes in the squad..

In addition, the retention of Eugene Monroe and fan favorite Dennis Pitta looms large for continuity for quarterback Joe Flacco. Throw in Jacoby Jones opting for the lights of M&T Bank Stadium over those of Broadway in New York, and things are already looking up.

On top of that, in a not-so-sexy signing the Ravens added jouneryman running back Justin Forsett, whose familiarity with Gary Kubiak’s offense could earn him a spot on the roster.

So, whats next?

It’s no secret that the right tackle position needs to be addressed after Michael Oher left for Tennessee in free agency. The team is also expected to add another running back into the mix, though not until a latter round or post-draft, I would expect.

So with the draft right around the corner, will the organization will opt to address the right tackle position in the first round? Or perhaps add another pass-catcher?

Assistant GM Eric DeCosta offered little in the way of firm answers yesterday.

“I think tackle is good,” DeCosta said, speaking of the 2014 draft class.  ”You’ve got the top four guys that are going to be high picks and most likely all four of those guys are going to be gone before we pick.”

So how about wide receiver?

“I would say those two positions are the deepest,” DeCosta added.

Going on DeCosta’s remarks alone, he makes it sound highly unlikely that a quality starting right tackle will be there on the board when the Ravens select at 17.

At the wide receiver position, there is certainly more depth and quality first-round talent in the eyes of Ozzie’s assistant.

“I think wide out is very deep,” DeCosta said. ”You have a lot of really good players probably 15 receivers that I think are very very good players.”

DeCosta did acknowledge that the top two rated receivers in Mike Evans and Sammy Watkins could be gone by the time the Ravens select at 17. Still, he had nothing but great things to say about the other receiver prospects that could be there when they select – Marqise Lee, Kelvin Bejamin, Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandin Cooks.

“Marqise Lee is an explosive player,” said DeCosta. “He had an unbelievable season two years ago was good this year, had some injuries.

“Kelvin Benjamin is a big physical freak who can go up and catch the ball and do a lot of things that way. Beckham is a great athlete who is explosive, really a silky smooth guy. Brandin Cooks is a really good player. Undersized, explosive ran a 4.3 at the combine caught a million passes, a very good slot guy.”

Given the Ravens’ not-so-good fortune of drafting pass catchers, this would seem to be the year to jump, with so many “can’t miss” prospects out there, in the eyes of many.

“If you need a receiver, this is your year,” DeCosta pointed out.

Still, it all comes down to the mantra that we as fans have grown to know, love it or hate it:

“Best Player Available.”

Should the Ravens opt for right tackle or wide receiver with the 17th pick?

Which position should the Ravens address with the 17th pick?
Wide Receiver (18%)
Offensive Tackle (46%)
Other (36%)
This poll has completed. Thank you for voting.

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7 Raves on “2014 Draft: DeCosta Talks Offense – Tackles and WRs

  1. Ravcolt on said:

    If the Ravens draft 7 offensive linemen I’d be happy. Give me a must have vs. a luxury position anytime.

    • Ravensnhokies on said:

      Yea but don’t give us Jah Reid, Oneil Cousins, or Gino Gradowski again. All recent high drafted OLinemen, but all turds (maybe a bit prematurely harsh on GG but the 1st impression was bad). And don’t forget Oher was disappointing in his tenure for the most part… Especially for a 1st rounder. A luxury like a #2/maybe a #1 WR is a hell of a lot more valuable than that trash. Can Oz and gang break that bad trend??? I hope… they better!!

  2. Rxdoxx on said:

    [quote] So how about wide receiver?
    “I would say those two positions are the deepest,” DeCosta added. [/quote]

    Something just doesn’t make sense to me between those sentences

    Wide Receiver is 2 positions? or am I missing something

  3. Cheri on said:

    This is one of those loaded question.I still love M.Lee but no longer have any hopes that he is on the Ravens radar at 17 unless they traded down towards the end of the first and he is still there. A shame, as I still think about this guy from 2011-2012 and would had never thought there was no way in hell the Ravens would ever be able to be in a position to get this guy with where he would had went in the draft and where the Ravens usually pick.Also, if Lewan is there at 17 I don’t think I use more then 3 or 4 mins.. of my 10 min. clock to turn the card in.I mentioned 3 or 4 mins because you still check around and see if anyone blows you away with an offer but otherwise Lewan is the call.

  4. Bilbo on said:

    It all depends on how the draft unfolds.; If Lewan, Evans, Ha Ha or even Martin fall to us, we take them in that order. If not, we look to trade down and add picks in Rounds 2-3. I’d be happy with a trade down and a late 1st pick of Lee, Ward, Cooks or Hageman.

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