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2014: Mock Draft Monitor 4.0


The first wave of free agency has passed, and some draftniks have adjusted their mock drafts accordingly. Teams have filled holes and have others that need attention.

The Ravens re-signed left tackle Eugene Monroe, tight end Dennis Pitta and wide receiver Jacoby Jones. They added wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr. Baltimore lost defensive end Arthur Jones and cornerback Corey Graham in free agency.

That has left draftniks with a more wide-spread opinion of who the Ravens will take at No. 17.

Here is the most recent roundup of mock drafts:

**ESPN, Mel Kiper**
Posted March 13
WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
*Junior; 5-foot-10, 186 pounds; 128 catches, 1,730 yards, 16 touchdowns
*"The Ravens need to add another reliable target in the passing game beyond Torrey Smith, and while the diminutive Cooks doesn't fit the prototype of a 'matchup problem' at wide receiver, he will be because he's so hard to cover. He's a more productive, quicker, stronger and slightly bigger Tavon Austin, and could have an early impact given all his experience. I think Baltimore could still make an addition in the passing game before the end of free agency, but this will remain a need."

**ESPN, Todd McShay**
Posted March 6
LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama
*Senior; 6-2, 232 pounds; 108 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 5 passes defensed
*"I had the Ravens select the best player available in this scenario, which is something they have a history of doing. Linebacker isn't necessarily a need spot for Baltimore, but the team isn't set at the position, either, and Mosley would provide an upgrade as a very productive playmaker with versatility and range. How the Ravens address the offensive tackle position in free agency with Eugene Monroe and Michael Oher could have an impact on this pick, and I wouldn't totally rule out UNC tight end Eric Ebron, either –  even after the Dennis Pitta deal. Ebron would be a nice weapon for QB Joe Flacco and a good value at this spot."

Sports Illustrated, Don Banks
Posted March 18
FS Calvin Pryor, Louisville
Junior; 6-2, 208 pounds; 75 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions, 4 passes defensed
"With Steve Smith signed and Jacoby Jones and Dennis Pitta re-signed, Baltimore's passing game needs have been addressed to a large extent. That allows the Ravens the luxury of taking their pick among the draft's two best safety prospects, Pryor or Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Pryor plays the more physical game and also has that Ed Reed-like quality of always being able to find the football. Even with the selection of safety Matt Elam in the first round last year, Pryor gives Baltimore a potential impact player in the defensive backfield, and helps offset the expected subtraction of free agent safety James Ihedigbo.", Daniel Jeremiah
Posted March 20
FS Calvin Pryor, Louisville
"The Ravens took a safety in the first round last year, but they need another one after the departure of James Ihedigbo in free agency.", Charles Davis
Posted March 18
TE Eric Ebron, North CarolinaJunior; 6-4, 231; 62 catches, 973 yards, 3 touchdowns
"Not a need pick, but too talented to pass up if he lasts this long.", Pete Prisco
Posted March 18
G/T Zack Martin, Notre Dame
Senior; 6-4, 308
"They need help at right tackle and Martin could also play guard if needed.", Rob Rang
Posted March 17
TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina
"In re-signing veteran Dennis Pitta it might appear that the Ravens are set at tight end. That doesn't mean that they won't be intrigued by Ebron's athleticism, especially given how often new Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak liked to use two tight ends while with the Houston Texans.", Pat Kirwin
Posted March 20
DT Ra'shede Hageman, MinnesotaSenior; 6-6, 310; 38 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 interception
"The Ravens lost Arthur Jones in free agency and Haloti Ngata is starting to feel the wear and tear on his body. Hageman is inconsistent, but at 6-foot-6, 315 pounds he has plenty to work with over the next few years.", Dane Brugler
Posted March 17
WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M
Redshirt sophomore, 6-5, 225; 69 catches, 1,394 yards, 12 touchdowns
"The Ravens struggled to replace Anquan Boldin's production and presence last season and need a bigger, physical target to play opposite speedster Torrey Smith. Evans is a power forward on the football field and has a bright future with his ability to highpoint and attack the football."

Yahoo! Sports, Eric Edholm
Posted March 18
WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State
Junior; 6-5, 242; 54 catches, 1,011 yards, 15 touchdowns
"Torrey Smith is the No. 1 outside, and Steve Smith will play a lot in the slot. Yes, they still need a right tackle, but Ozzie Newsome won't see the value here in this scenario. Instead, he'll take a chance on the immense upside of Benjamin, to whom few other receivers can match physically. Benjamin should be the guy whom everyone wanted Ed Dickson to be. What a difference a year should make in the Ravens' passing game, if the protection is better up front."

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