6 Players the Baltimore Ravens Could Target In the First-Round Of 2014 NFL Draft
Baltimore Ravens: 6 Players Team Could Draft In 1st Round In 2014
If you’ve been on the internet, ESPN, or NFL network, then you’ve probably already started seeing 2014 mock drafts. It seems as if everybody thinks a little differently when it comes to these mock drafts. Of course a lot of them will start changing once the dominoes start falling in free agency. I’ll be looking at some options the Baltimore Ravens could take with their first pick in the draft.
The Ravens followed up the 2012 Super Bowl winning campaign with a disappointing 8-8 2013 season. Heavy is the head that wears the crown, especially when you lose players like Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Anquan Boldin. Despite a lot of flaws, the Ravens still had a chance to sneak into the playoffs in the last week but ultimately fell short. There is a great sense of optimism though as the cupboard isn’t entirely bare in Baltimore.
During the Ravens' annual postseason press conference, general manager Ozzie Newsome identified three needs the Ravens must address for the upcoming season: Fixing the interior offensive line, a receiver that can consistently move the chains and an athletic ball hawking safety. The Ravens will likely address a few of these things in free agency and draft the best available player, which is a staple of the franchise.
The following six players are all legitimate options for the Ravens to take with their No. 16 or No. 17 pick, pending the coin flip with the Dallas Cowboys. Enjoy the show and don’t look at too many mock drafts in the meantime.
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6. Mike Evans
Mike Evans is the type bog bodied receiver that Ravens fans have been clamoring for. Whatever the case the Ravens definitely need a more physical presence from the receiver position going forward.
5. Marqise Lee
Marqise Lee is not as big as Evans (6-foot, 195-pounds) but he's definitely a legit receiving threat. Although the Ravens already have a speed guy in Torrey Smith, Lee could be too good to pass up at No. 16 or 17 overall.
4. Eric Ebron
Could you imagine if the Ravens re-signed Dennis Pitta and drafted this beast of a tight end in Eric Ebron? This could be a two-headed monster that could wreak havoc for years.
3. Cyrus Kouandjio
The Ravens will probably try to re-sign LT Eugene Monroe this offseason. In all likelihood that means that RT Michael Oher will probably walk. Cyrus Kouandjio is a huge beast of a tackle who could fill the void right away which would be pretty good for a team that needs offensive line help.
2. C.J. Mosley
C.J. Mosley would be an interesting option if the Ravens fail to retain Daryl Smith this offseason. Of course the Ravens could take Mosley anyway if he's their highest rated player at that point. Mosley and second-year man Arthur Brown could form one of the better line backing duos for years to come.
1. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Besides having an awesome name, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix could be that ball-hawking athletic safety that the Ravens covet. With Clinton-Dix joining Matt Elam, Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith, the Ravens could have a top five secondary in 2014.
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