Draft Analysis

Ravens Should Pass on Tight End in First Round

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When a player is taken in the first round of the NFL Draft, the goal is for that player to have an immediate impact. The first round is supposed to be the best of the best. If a team hits a home run, they have a player who can make significant contributions at a minimal cost for four years. If they whiff it can set them back, and force them to sign expensive free agents to fill the holes that disappointing first round picks leave in the team. There are...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Ravens Draft History Round 5

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Last week, we touched down on Round 4 of the Ravens draft history. This week we’ll focus on Round 5 where the Ravens clearly found some value. 1996 (153) Jermaine Lewis, WR, Maryland The first 5th round draft pick in team history was a local one as the front office decided to take a chance on a home-grown receiver. Lewis, a track-and-field star, established himself as one of the league’s best kick-returners. While he did have an impact in the Ravens air-attack, he mainly stood out as an ace in the return-game. The multi-purpose...

The 2014 NFL Draft by Position: Interior Offensive Line

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With the 2014 NFL draft just a few weeks away, the interior offensive line for the Baltimore Ravens has gone from a glaring question mark to one of the most solidified units on the roster. Assuming Kelechi Osemele is healthy and returns to left guard next season, the starting interior line of Osemele, center Jeremy Zuttah and right guard Marshal Yanda is set. That leaves the Ravens with only a need to add depth to the interior, as opposed to finding a year-one starter. Right now, the depth includes centers...

Ravens Round 1 Draft Profile: Zack Martin

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The third player profile in our series centers on the best of South Bend in 2013. Zach Martin, former offensive lineman for the Fighting Irish, played multiple positions along the offensive line during his time in college. The team that takes him will certainly get a versatile player, but just because Martin played a position in college doesn’t mean he can excel at that same position in the NFL. Zack Martin ranks 19th out of all the 2014 NFL draft prospects, according to NFL.com.  He was named the top offensive...

Could Ravens Go “All Irish” Early in 2014 Draft?

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The Ravens have done a lot this offseason to surround quarterback Joe Flacco with more options in the passing game, and to provide him with better protection to give him more time in the pocket. Re-signing Eugene Monroe and trading for Jeremy Zuttah helped upgrade the line. Retaining Jacoby Jones and adding Steve Smith and Owen Daniels provide the offense and Flacco with more dynamic weapons. While the offense has clearly been upgraded, infusing some youth to go along with these veteran acquisitions wouldn’t be a bad direction for the...

Free Safety a Laughing Matter For Ravens?

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Russell Street Report’s series of NFL draft prospect previews continues, switching to the defensive side of the ball in this edition. Leading up to the first round of the draft on May 8, several potential first round candidates for the Baltimore Ravens will be profiled. Prospects who figure to either be available when the Ravens pick at No. 17 or within close reach of the pick are in play. Ha’Sean (Ha Ha) Clinton-Dix, Safety, Alabama • Height: 6’1” • Weight: 208 pounds • 40-yard dash: 4.58 seconds • Vertical jump:...

RAVENS DRAFT HISTORY: Round 4

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Last week, we took a look at what the Ravens have been able to get out of the third round in the draft. Despite the many busts, there were a few bright spots that helped the team win in the long-term. This week, we flash back to some of the team’s fourth round picks to see what kind of success the front office has had there. (REMINDER: The fourth round this year will kick off “Day Three” in the draft. It will begin May 10th.) 1997 (118) Tyrus McCloud, LB,...

NFL DRAFT BY POSITION: Offensive Tackle

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Once considered more of a punch line than a credible unit, the offensive front of the Baltimore Ravens has been pieced and reassembled together over the past month, creating a group that looks to have a more respectable output next season. The unit is 4/5 of the way complete, with the re-signing of left tackle Eugene Monroe and trade for center Jeremy Zuttah being Baltimore’s offseason additions in an effort to improve arguably the worst offensive line play in franchise history last season. With the only remaining hole being right...

Ravens Round 1 Draft Profile: WR Marqise Lee

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This is the first of eight player profiles analyzing who the Ravens may select with their 17th overall pick in this year’s NFL draft. This series is meant to be devoid of mainstream media influence and present to you the player I think fits best on the Ravens when compared to which players will be available when they make their selection. All of the eight players we’ll look at over the next four weeks are dynamic. They don’t just get by. They are among the best at their respective positions....

DRAFT PROSPECTS: Offensive Tackles Round 3

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As a part of our coverage here at Russell Street Report, we’ll be featuring the best prospects all across the board in any situation the Ravens might come across. Whether it’s a receiver in the first round, a quarterback in the sixth, or a guard in the third, we’ll cover the Ravens best options in any scenario. Barring any trades, the team will pick in the middle of each round—so we’ll see who is available when the Ravens are projected to select their upcoming stars. This will make it easy for...

The 2014 NFL Draft by Position: Wide Receiver

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Once considered the most glaring need on the roster for the Baltimore Ravens, the wide receiver position now has some flexibility as the team heads into next month’s NFL draft. After signing Steve Smith and re-upping Jacoby Jones, the team currently has a quality four-deep group of Smith, Jones, Torrey Smith and Marlon Brown. 2013 draft pick Aaron Mellette also figures to come into play for a roster spot next season. That doesn’t take the Ravens out of the running for a wide receiver in the draft, and quite frankly,...

DRAFT PROSPECTS: Offensive Tackles Round 2

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As a part of our coverage here at Russell Street Report, we’ll be featuring the best prospects all across the board in any situation the Ravens might come across. Whether it’s a receiver in the first round, a quarterback in the sixth, or a guard in the third, we’ll cover the Ravens best options in any scenario. Click Here for Interior O-Line Prospect Analysis Click Here for Wide Receiver Prospect Analysis Click Here for Free Safety Prospects Click Here for Round 1 Tackle Prospects If the Ravens decide to go...

The 2014 NFL Draft by Position: Quarterback

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The Russell Street Report NFL Draft position preview series continues along, this time focusing on the crop of quarterbacks. Click here for Running Backs Click here for Tight Ends Though perhaps not considered a draft possibility for the Baltimore Ravens until recently, now it appears the organization may use one of its eight picks to upgrade the backup quarterback situation, after three underwhelming years from Tyrod Taylor. Head coach John Harbaugh hasn’t deflected the idea, and has acknowledged the need for competition for Taylor, and the former Hokie knows it....

RAVENS DRAFT HISTORY: Round 3

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Last Friday, we looked over the Ravens’ 2nd round draft history and explored who lived up to their stock. Today, we’ll be checking out Round Three to see how the Ravens have fared after many of the top players are off the board. 1997 (64) Jay Graham, RB, Tennessee While the Ravens took Graham hoping he could make an impact, they never saw great production from the Tennessee alum. In his rookie season, he complied just 299 yards on the ground. After a 1998 season where he rushed for just 109...

The 2014 NFL Draft by Position: Tight End

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Russell Street Report’s draft positional series continues, shifting the topic to tight ends. The first installment of the series was a preview of the running backs. Click here to read it. The tight end position figures to be one the Baltimore Ravens will address in next month’s NFL draft, with only one established tight end – Dennis Pitta – on the roster. Drafting a tight end could come sooner than later for the Ravens, as pairing a high-caliber player with Pitta could pay off huge in the long run and...

The 2014 NFL Draft by Position: Running Back

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Leading up to May’s NFL draft, Russell Street Report will provide readers a preview of each position with a Baltimore Ravens focus, profiling the different types of prospects and how they would fit with the Ravens. We start the series off with running back, a position the Ravens figure to address with a draft pick given the new offense, as well as off-field reasons. Here are different key running back traits and possible Ravens targets that possess those abilities: COMPLETE BACKS Bishop Sankey, Washington – With a strong lower body,...

Ravens 7 Round Mock Draft

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With compensatory picks announced, the draft outlook for the Baltimore Ravens is finally set, with eight draft picks, including four in the top 100. For a team that addressed plenty of holes in free agency (mainly through re-signing its own free agents), there aren’t many glaring needs with the draft less than two months away. But now having the draft picks set, it’s finally time to start taking a look at who the Ravens could potentially target, and more importantly when. Here’s an initial seven-round mock draft for the Ravens:...

DRAFT PROSPECTS: Round 1 ~ Offensive Tackle

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As a part of our coverage here at Russell Street Report, we’ll be featuring the best prospects all across the board in any situation the Ravens might come across. Whether it’s a receiver in the first round, a quarterback in the sixth, or a guard in the third, we’ll cover the Ravens best options in any scenario. Barring any trades, the team will pick in the middle of rounds 1, 2, 3 and 6 and then again with four compensatory picks to be announced this week at the Owners’ Meetings...

RAVENS DRAFT HISTORY: Round 1

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1996 (4): Jonathan Ogden The original Raven, Ogden made his mark on the league for years. The massive lineman went to the Pro Bowl 11 times, missing just one season, his rookie year. There’s no doubt that he was the best offensive lineman in Baltimore Ravens history – did the current Hall of Famer do enough during his career to be named the best first-rounder of all time? GRADE A+ 1996 (26): Ray Lewis You might know who this future Hall of Famer is. Lewis was a member of both...

DRAFT PROSPECTS: Late Round/UDFA Free Safeties

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As a part of our coverage here at Russell Street Report, we’ll be featuring the best prospects all across the board in any situation the Ravens might come across. Whether it’s a receiver in the first round, a quarterback in the sixth, or a guard in the third, we’ll cover the Ravens best options in any scenario. Barring any trades, the team will pick in the middle of each round—so we’ll see who is available when the Ravens are projected to select their upcoming stars. This will make it easy...