Depth of 2014 Draft Matches up Well With Ravens’ Needs

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MOBILE, Ala. — This may be as deep and talented of an NFL draft class in a long time, thanks largely to the record number of underclassmen that entered this year’s draft.

And to multiple people in the scouting community, including former Ravens executive Phil Savage and former NFL scout Bucky Brooks, this is a draft that is strong at some of Baltimore’s primary areas of need.

The Ravens’ brass has voiced a desire to add weapons for quarterback Joe Flacco, whether that be at wide receiver or tight end.

General manager Ozzie Newsome has also said that Baltimore wants to get bigger along the interior of the offensive line and to add an athletic, playmaking safety to go along with 2013 first-round pick Matt Elam.

The Ravens may also be in the market for a new right tackle with Michael Oher likely to leave as a free agent, and they could need a new left tackle as well if they are unable to re-sign Eugene Monroe.

But whether it’s wide receiver, tight end, offensive tackle or offensive guard, it looks like there should be players available throughout the draft that can help Baltimore.

“When you factor in the juniors, they’ll be able to get a wide receiver pretty much in any round I think,” Savage said. “Tight end-wise, from the junior standpoint, those guys coming into it, that really strengthens this group overall. And then offensive line-wise, again, because most of these players do come back for their senior year, they’ll have some options there at tackle.”

Eleven wide receivers were selected during the first three rounds of last year’s draft. NFLDraftScout.com has 18 receivers projected to go in the first three rounds this year.

“In particular at wide receiver, they can get whatever they’re looking for,” Brooks said. “If they want a big guy that can replace what Anquan Boldin was in the middle, there’s certainly enough big guys like that.

“There are also the explosive catch-and-run playmakers that can complement what Torrey Smith does.”

At tight end, Eric Ebron from North Carolina and Jace Amaro from Texas Tech may be of interest to the Ravens as early as the first round, and Brooks thinks that Troy Niklas from Notre Dame and Austin Seferian-Jenkins from Washington could also be fits for Baltimore during the first two rounds.

As far as the offensive line, ESPN’s Scouts Inc. has six offensive tackles listed on their most recent top-32 list.

“Jake Matthews [from Texas A&M] is going to go very high, so that will push a couple of other guys down,” Savage said.

There are also guards like Cyril Richardson from Baylor and Gabe Jackson from Mississippi St. that could help the Ravens get bigger along the interior of the offensive line.

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4 Raves on “Depth of 2014 Draft Matches up Well With Ravens’ Needs

  1. Gianna on said:

    I think we draft a tackle 1st wr 2nd and te 3rd. We get a FS and center in fa. I’d like Alex mack and th ward in fa. Taylor lewan round 1. Allen Robinson rd 2 and the kid from Iowa in the 3rd. I’d also like us to get another wr and corner in the later rounds.

    • Ed in ON on said:

      thats my exact ideal draft
      Alot of goot OT’s in the 1st. I like Jordan Mathews at WR in the 2nd- great size, great hands.
      I think we should sign a vet at C and FS, although we probably wont be able to afford Mack. And i think we should also draft a FS in the 3rd (compensatory pick-hopefully) or 4th.

  2. Anonymous on said:

    The Ravens aren’t going for Alex Mack cause he’s not leaving.
    But they can get De La Puenta. The Saints have to rearrange Brees contract and sign Graham and they’re 12.5 million over the cap.
    But I see the exact same draft order with a double dip in the WR position due to the depth.

    • Ed in ON on said:

      I prefer if we grab a WR and a TE than 2 WR’s. We already have Torrey and Marlon, plus 1 rookie with Mellete, Deonte, Doss, fighting for the last 2 spots. I think we might double dip on WR in the later rounds, but I hope not because we have alot of luck at other positions in those rounds: mainly at DL- Arthur Jones, McPhee, Kapron-Lewis, Tyson.

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