Wide receiver Mike Evans.
Wide receiver Brandin Cooks.
Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin.
Wide receiver Marquise Lee.
Tight end Eric Ebron.
Tackle Zack Martin.
Tackle Taylor Lewan.
Tackle Cyrus Kouandjio.
Linebacker C.J. Mosley.
Safety Calvin Pryor.
Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
Safety Jimmie Ward.
Defensive tackle Ra’shede Hageman.
Nose tackle Timmy Jernigan.
Those are the players (and there are probably more) that have been projected to the Ravens in mock drafts this spring. Got ‘em all?
There’s rarely a total consensus among mock drafts, especially when it comes to Baltimore because General Manager Ozzie Newsome drafts according to best player available (BPA) and nobody knows his player rankings.
But this year more than others, it seems the Ravens could go in any direction in the first round. And that’s exactly what they want.
It’s the result of having addressed many of their team needs in free agency, but still having many remaining, both in the short and long term. The Ravens have truly put themselves into a position to stick to their age-old BPA model.
“Some of the moves we made helped us eliminate some problems on the roster,” Ravens Assistant General Manager Eric DeCosta said. “Now we have the possibility to go into the draft and pick the best player that falls to us.”
At last week’s pre-draft press conference, Head Coach John Harbaugh was asked how important it is to add a running back.
His answer drew laughter, but it’s not far from the truth.
“It’s important to add a running back, but we’ve got some other spots, too,” Harbaugh said.
“It’s important to add an offensive lineman, a wide receiver, a tight end and some depth at quarterback. It’s important to add a safety, a corner, inside backer and a defensive tackle. So, that’s where I’m at right now.”
Here’s the argument for the different positions in the first round:
The Ravens’ greatest struggles last year were on the offensive line. It may also have their biggest remaining hole at right tackle, where
Baltimore added Steve Smith and re-signed
The Ravens re-signed
The top cornerbacks will go quickly, so the Ravens may not be able to get one even close in talent later in the draft. Baltimore has a need at No. 3 cornerback, which is a critical position, and starter
The loss of Art Jones to the Indianapolis Colts could hurt. The Ravens defense starts in the trenches. Pro Bowler
The Ravens let James Ihedigbo go to Detroit, leaving an opening at starter. They signed
The Ravens re-signed
So which way will the Ravens go? It’s anybody’s guess.
“One of the best things about the Ravens on draft day is they’re one of the most versatile teams in football,” NFL Network’s Mike Mayock said. “They truly trust their board.”