5 Positions the Ravens Should Address in the 2014 NFL Draft

Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins makes a leaping touchdown catch during the 2012 Maaco Bowl Las Vegas game against Boise State Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 at Sam Boyd Stadium. Boise State won their third consecutive Vegas Bowl 28-26.

Heading into what is sure to be a very interesting offseason, the Ravens will be challenged to fill rather glaring needs. Here’s a snapshot of some moves they could consider as they look to get back to their winning ways in 2014.

1st Round- OT: With RT Michael Oher and LT Eugene Monroe both hitting free agency this offseason, it is very unlikely that the Ravens get both of them back, and as poor as the offensive line was last season, they can’t afford to have weak links at left or right tackle. The bottom line is franchise QB Joe Flacco needs a better line around him in 2014, so why not solidify it with a cornerstone OT?

With the Ravens having a top-20 pick this year, I’d take Michigan OT Taylor Lewan. The 22-year-old from Scottsdale, Arizona has great pedigree as a four-year starter at LT for Michigan, while earning three All-Big Ten selections and two All-American selections. On the field, the 6-8, 302 pound standout is a great athlete with fantastic length and good strength, plays with a high motor and excels in run blocking and pass protection. He’s a cant-miss prospect.

2nd Round- TE: with both Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson hitting the free agency pool, the Ravens need to bring in new blood at TE. Even if Pitta does return (Hopefully), he’ll be 29 in 2014 and the Ravens need to bring in a dual-threat TE to open up their two-TE packages, and give Flacco more weapons in the vertical passing game.

Some people might be skeptical, but if Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins slips out of the 1st round due to his character concerns, it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Ravens trade up to nab him at the start of the 2nd round. And there aren’t many reliable receiving TE’s in the 2014 draft after the first round or two.

The 21-year-old from Fox Island, Washington put up 450 yards and 8 TD’s in 2013, while finishing his career at Washington with 146 Catches, 1,840 Yards, and 21 TD’s. At 6-6 and 276 pounds, Seferian-Jenkins is an athletic freak with superstar potential. He has great speed, hands, strength, and jumping ability while also being a great route runner. Oh, and he’s rock solid in the blocking game too.

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3rd round- WR: Again, the Ravens need more weapons for Flacco to throw to in the passing game, while also needing to take some of the attention off WR Torrey Smith. It’s also not a bad idea to add to a consistent WR to the corps behind Smith and 2nd-year WR Marlon Brown.

LSU WR Jarvis Landry would be a PERFECT fit in Baltimore.

The 21-year-old from Convent, Louisiana had a monster 2013 season for the Tigers, posting 77 receptions for 1,193 yards and 10 TD’s. The 6-1, 195 pound Junior is a tough, scrappy WR that has great hands and runs good routes while having a knack for coming up with the big, clutch play. This guy fits the Ravens pedigree. Perhaps former offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, who now has that same title at LSU, can shed some light?

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4th round- S: Impending UFA James Ihedigbo and 2nd-year S Matt Elam are both viewed as strong safeties, and with Elam more natural at strong safety the Ravens are likely to let Ihedigbo cash out in free agency, and draft a pure free safety. (Note: The Ravens don’t have a 4th or 5th round pick currently, but after compensation picks (the team expects four) are handed out, they most likely will.)

This would be a perfect spot for the Ravens to land FSU FS Terrence Brooks. The 22-year-old from Dunnellon, Florida had another good year in 2013 by notching 51 tackles and 2 INT’s. The 5-11, 197 pound Brooks is a good all-around safety that has a high football IQ, reads the play well and flies around the ball. Brooks is also very solid in pass coverage, and was a bona fide playmaker in the FSU secondary. He isn’t afraid to get physical, but his tackling technique does need some work. Still, this is a guy with huge upside, and is a name Ravens fans should make note of.

5th round- C: It’s no secret that C Gino Gradkowski struggled in 2013, so it stands to reason that the Ravens will consider a Center somewhere in the middle rounds to push Gradkowski for the starting spot in 2014.

Utah State C Tyler Larsen could be a steal here. The 22-year-old from Salt Lake City, Utah was a four-year starter at C for Utah State, and was a two-time All-WAC selection. The 6-4, 312 pound Larsen is a solid run and pass blocker with a good size/athleticism combination while having excellent blocking range, quick feet and a great burst off the line. Larsen has one of the highest upsides out of the C’s in the 2014 draft class.


Guest blog submitted by Logan Quick

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15 Raves on “5 Positions the Ravens Should Address in the 2014 NFL Draft

  1. J.O. on said:

    U hit it on the head, I might switch it and take a wr in the second(Allen Robinson, Kelvin Benjamin, Jordan Matthews), and a te in the third(Troy Niklas) but u couldn’t really go wrong either way with this deep class.

    • Logan Quick on said:

      Your 100% right, the 2014 WR class is loaded. To go along with the names mentioned, Fresno State WR Davante Adams, LSU WR Odell Beckham, Oregon WR Josh Huff and Colorado WR Paul Richardson could also be 2nd or 3rd round targets, and should be closely watched leading up to the draft.

  2. East Endzone on said:

    Serious wishful thinking here. Currently, we don’t have a 4th or a 5th round pick. We may get one or the other in comp picks but that remains to be seen. Since we can’t trade comp picks, what do you propose we trade to move up in the 2nd round to get this TE?

    • Logan Quick on said:

      We don’t have much to work with after trading our 4th and 5th round picks for Eugene Monroe, so one scenario would be swapping 2014 2nd round picks and giving up a 2nd and 4th round pick in 2015. For a player with All-Pro potential, it’d be worth it in my opinion.

      If Seferian-Jenkins does fall out of the 1st round, you’d have to trade up with one of the four teams at the beginning of the 2nd round ( Hou, Wsh, Cle, or Oak) because there’s no way Atlanta passes on him with the 5th pick (37th overall) in round two.

  3. Logan Quick on said:

    Thank you!

    Any other year I’d say Landry is a sure bet to go in the 2nd round, but with the depth of the 2014 WR class (especially in rounds 1-4), there’s a good chance he’ll be there when we pick in round 3.

  4. G-dog on said:

    Seriously my thoughts were on point with your picks, the personnel could vary a bit in name only-positions I agree with.. I read a lot and start early with assessing the draft and possibilities. I also agree with a lot of the ‘replies’ too. I really like Lewan and Seferin-Jenkins and I’d love to get either Abbreries or more likely Campanaro. There are so many wide reciervers to choose from that it would be easy to find one here. Main point is OT, TE, slot receiver and free safety. Good call though, I’d like to see the first two names especially.

  5. Gene on said:

    Much will hinge upon resigning Monroe. If so, they could easily draft a Center in round two or three. And could see them signing a vet right tackle. Which Ozzie has done that a few times. I’d like to see a really good free safety.

    • Jones richardson on said:

      Yes most Def the First pick wil be if they can sign monroe. if they can then the ravens will not be going with OT in the First. you don’t draft RT in the first round thats bad vaule and terrible drafting and thats also reaching which the ravens never do. plus a close source to the ravens say there going WR first and O-line second.

  6. Matt on said:

    Thank your mocking an OT in the first round. Great receivers won’t matter if Flacco can’t get the ball out of his hands, last year was painful watching the guy try to operate behind that line.

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