Draft Analysis

One Fan’s Experience at Radio City on Draft Night

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For those who devoutly follow the NFL draft, no place is more iconic than Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Most of today’s NFL stars’ careers began in the building, and draft day memories aren’t complete without the snippets of the show hall we see once a year for three days on ESPN and NFL Network. To complete a lifelong goal of mine, I figured it was finally time for me to make the trek up to NYC to finally see the draft in person. Every time I...

A Look at the Ravens’ Most Promising 2014 UDFAs

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There are three certainties in life: death, taxes and the Baltimore Ravens finding gems in the undrafted free agency period. Seemingly every year, the Ravens strike gold with at least one undrafted rookie, with the most recent find being wide receiver Marlon Brown. Brown is just the latest example of a long line of recent success stories. In 2012, Baltimore’s Super Bowl run was aided by two undrafted rookies, kicker Justin Tucker and wide receiver Deonte Thompson. Tucker may turn out to be Baltimore’s best undrafted free agent signing in...

Ravens “Excited” About 4th-Round Pick Urban

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OWINGS MILLS — Brent Urban did not grow up dreaming of being a professional football player. He wanted to be Eric Lindros, the former NHL All-Star. Like many other kids in Canada, Urban grew up playing hockey. He was good, too. He reportedly scored 100 goals as a 7-year old and was on the same junior hockey as several future NHL players. But in high school, Urban, who was already 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds, decided to switch his attention to football. “I was definitely the biggest guy and I’d get...

Ravens Address Offense on Day 3 of 2014 NFL Draft

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OWINGS MILLS — After taking primarily defensive players with their first four picks, the Baltimore Ravens spent the majority of the third and final day of the draft Saturday adding to their offense. Baltimore used its first pick Saturday on Virginia defensive end Brent Urban and then drafted four straight offensive players — Coastal Carolina running back Lorenzo Taliaferro with its second fourth-round pick, Penn State offensive lineman John Urschel in the fifth round, Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning in the sixth round and Wake Forest wide receiver Michael Campanaro...

Ravens Pluck a Slot Receiver in Round 7

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Michael Campanaro was so happy when Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome called him to tell him he was going to be a Raven that Ozzie wasn’t even sure he knew because the phone cut off. The Ravens traded a 2015 sixth-round pick to the Cleveland Browns to get back into the seventh round to select Campanaro, the 5′ 9″, 192 pound wide receiver out of Wake Forest. Campanaro who grew up in Clarksville, Maryland and attended River Hill High School is elated to have been selected by the Ravens after visiting with...

Ravens Select WR Campanaro in Round 7

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Just when we all thought the Ravens were finished with their 2014 draft class, they traded a sixth round pick in 2015 for Cleveland’s seventh round pick this year (pick 218) in order to select Wake Forest wide receiver Michael Campanaro. A local product and River Hill alum, Campanaro was a catch machine (229 career receptions) in Wake Forest’s offense, and is one of the better slot receivers in this year’s draft. The Ravens hadn’t picked a wide receiver until the selection of Campanaro went through, and perhaps they traded the...

Ravens Select QB Wenning in Round 6

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It happened. We weren’t 100% sure if the Ravens would stay true to their word of finding competition for backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor in this year’s draft, but with what we thought would be their final draft pick in 2014, the Ravens used a sixth round selection on Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning. Headliners such as Aaron Murray, Zach Mettenberger and David Fales were off the board, but Wenning is no slouch as a consolation prize. The Ravens have brought in stiff competition for Taylor, and quite frankly someone who...

Ravens Select OL Urschel in Round 5

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With the second-to-last pick in the fifth round of the NFL draft, the Baltimore Ravens provided a bit of a surprise. With positions such as wide receiver, offensive tackle and even cornerback expected to be addressed at some point today, the Ravens opted to beef up the interior offensive line, adding Penn State guard John Urschel. The first thing that jumps out about Urschel is his well-documented success off the field. Urschel graduated Penn State with a 4.0 GPA and recently won the William V. Campbell trophy, the “academic Heisman.” The...

Ravens Select DL Urban and RB Taliaferro in Round 4

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With two picks at the end of the fourth round, the Baltimore Ravens addressed a need on offense while also adding even more defensive line depth. The first pick (at 134) was Virginia defensive tackle Brent Urban, while a few picks later (at 138) the Ravens took a running back (as expected), selecting Coastal Carolina’s Lorenzo Taliaferro. Urban is a massive, lengthy (6’7, with 34 1/4″ arms) defensive lineman who may be more of a project for the Ravens, and his immediate and long-term roles aren’t defined just yet. At Virginia,...

Welcome Crockett Gillmore to The Nest

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No you didn’t hear it wrong as the Ravens selected tight end Crockett Gillmore with their final third round pick in the the 2014 NFL Draft. While many including myself couldn’t have imagined that, Gillmore, the 6’6 260 pound is ready to get started in the Ravens offense led by Gary Kubiak from the ground up. “From the bottom. You’ve got to work your way in,” Gillmore stated in his conference call with the Baltimore media last night. “It’s a league where nothing is given to you. I plan on...

Ravens Address Defense on Day 2 of NFL Draft

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OWINGS MILLS — Timmy Jernigan and Terrence Brooks were part of one of the best defenses in college football last season at Florida State. Now, they will try to help the Baltimore Ravens re-establish themselves as one of the best defenses in the NFL. After taking Alabama inside linebacker C.J. Mosley in the first round Thursday, the Ravens selected Jernigan, a defensive tackle, with their second round pick Friday. They followed that taking Jernigan’s college teammate, Brooks, a free safety, in the third round. “It’s kind of crazy because the...

Ravens Address Need With Safety Terrence Brooks

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The Baltimore Ravens filled a glaring need at the safety position with the selection of Terrence Brooks out of Florida State with the 79th overall pick. In his collegiate career, Brooks, the 5’11, 200 pound speedster started his last 27 games (14 at free safety, 13 at strong safety) appearing in a total of 48 contests, as he recorded 126 tackles (88 solo), with a 13-yard sack and 9.5 stops for losses of 36 yards. In addition, Brooks produced the fastest time (4.42) in the 40 among all the safeties attending...

Jernigan Excited to be a Raven

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The Baltimore Ravens continued to go with defense during the second-round of the 2014 NFL Draft when they selected defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan out of Florida State. The 6’2, 302 pound tackle seemed shocked when Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome called. ” I was suprised. It’s a blessing. Shortly before coach [John] Harbaugh and Mr. Newsome gave me that phone call, I was just telling myself, ‘All I need is one chance,” Jernigan stated during his conference call. “It’s a blessing, and I’m going to...

Ravens Select TE Crockett Gillmore in Round 3

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After addressing all three levels of the defense with their first three draft picks, the Baltimore Ravens turned to the offensive side of the ball to round out their three-player haul on Friday night, selecting Colorado State tight end Crockett Gillmore. Selecting a tight end wasn’t a surprise, but drafting Gillmore in the third round was, as he was expected by many to be a day three pick. Baltimore needed another tight end, however, and with the talent pool at the position lacking at the end of the third round,...

Ravens Select FS Terrence Brooks in Round 3

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One Florida State defender could have been enough, but why not two? With the 79th pick in the draft, the Baltimore Ravens selected Florida State free safety Terrence Brooks. After hitting the best player available market with the first two picks, needs appeared to finally cross over with best players for the Ravens to pick, as Brooks can be the solution Baltimore desperately needed at the free safety position. He is a scrappy, all-over-the-place, rangy safety whose high-octane playing style should fit in well alongside Matt Elam in Baltimore’s secondary....

Ravens Select DT Timmy Jernigan in Round 2

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After nabbing former Alabama standout linebacker C.J. Mosely in the first round on Thursday night, the Baltimore Ravens turned to another recent National Champion defender with their second round pick. In what was a fairly large surprise given the expectations of drafting either a right tackle or free safety, the Ravens opted instead to address the trenches, selecting Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan. Just like the Mosley pick, the Ravens didn’t address a need by picking Jernigan, but with Baltimore’s tradition of always addressing the defensive line on draft...

Ravens Expect Mosley to Make Immediate Impact

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OWINGS MILLS — In March, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart told USA Today of new Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, “If you want to find C.J., just look for the ball.” Mosley, who the Ravens took with their top pick in the draft Thursday night, has said before that he patterns his game after Carolina Panthers star inside linebacker Luke Kuechly. And to Smart, that’s who he plays like. Smart, Alabama coach Nick Saban and the Ravens all describe Mosley the same way — smart, instinctive and tough with...

Previewing Round 2 for the Ravens

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The Baltimore Ravens felt like they got great value with their top pick in the draft, inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, and they may be able to get a good value with their second pick as well. Day 2 of the draft will begin later today, and several highly-rated players that could help the Ravens remain available. Three are offensive linemen. One of Baltimore’s most pressing concerns is right tackle, and Morgan Moses from Virginia, Joel Bitonio from Nevada and Cyrus Kouandijo from Alabama are still available. Some analysts had all...

Mosley Hopes to Follow in Ray Lewis’ Footsteps

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C. J. Mosley was a Ray Lewis fan growing up. Now Mosley will be following in Lewis’ footsteps as an inside linebacker with the Ravens. As a two-time team captain at Alabama, and a Dick Butkus Award winner, Mosley was a leader and a winner in college. Those are qualities that attracted the Ravens to Mosley, who will be expected to compete for a starting job after being selected with the 17th pick. “I talked to the Ravens multiple times,” Mosley said during a Thursday night conference call. “I talked...

Ozzie Explains Not Trading Back in First Round

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OWINGS MILLS — Several hours before the NFL draft started Thursday night, the Baltimore Ravens’ primary decision makers discussed trading back in the first round. There was interest. “We always have interest in moving back,” Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said later. But it would have taken an overwhelming offer for Baltimore to give up the 17th overall pick, and that offer never came. In recent weeks, the Ravens had gotten calls from teams interested in trading up to acquire the pick, and they received calls for the first four...