2014 NFL Draft Quick Peeks: Baltimore Ravens


The Baltimore Ravens missed the playoffs in 2013, and they don’t plan on a repeat of that. Having one of the best front offices in the league means that when they are down, they don’t stay there long. The Ravens work the draft better than anybody, and this year’s draft is an important one. They’re in a brutal division, and need to make the right selections.

Who Should They Pick?: The Ravens struggled on the back end of the defense last season. They have two solid corners, but behind them, they could upgrade. Jimmy Ward is terrific in coverage, and can cover the slot, but he excels in diagnosing plays and going to make a play. He’s an instant upgrade.

Who Will They Pick?: The offensive line wasn’t great last season, and they’ll likely be looking to improve it in the draft. Zack Martin is a versatile player who might be a guard in the NFL, but could be a solid tackle as well. He’s smart, and has a nice combination of speed and strength.

Backup Plan: If Mike Evans somehow drops to them, he’ll be considered strongly. The team signed Steve Smith this offseason, but they could use a more long-term answer at wide receiver. Evans is big and has great hands. They’d love him across from Torrey Smith.

Darkhorse: The Ravens could ultimately decide to add inside linebacker depth, depending on how the picks fall. They drafted Arthur Brown last year, and have Daryl Smith, but CJ Mosley could wind up better than both of them.

Trade?: The Ravens are always happy to move back if a good offer comes in. They could still get value at tackle and safety, plus add picks with a trade down.


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