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5 NFL Draft Prospects Who Could Be Instant Starters for Baltimore Ravens

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5 NFL Draft Prospects Who Could Be Instant Starters for Baltimore Ravens

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When the Baltimore Ravens look at their depth chart there are areas where they can get better though this year's draft. If the Ravens had five first-round picks this year they could use any of the guys I am about to mention immediately. These five young men are “plug-n-play” type players who could have an impact on the team immediately. The reason they could be inserted in so quickly on offense is not only because of their talent; it also has something to do with the poor play of the incumbents currently holding the positions.

At tight end, Ed Dickson failed to rise to the occasion with the injury to Dennis Pitta earlier in the year. This caused the Ravens to bring in old-timer Dallas Clark to try and fill the void left by Pitta. Clark struggled early on with the TE duties and failed to build chemistry, but eventually he started to gel with Joe Flacco. He is too old to bring back into the fold this year, and the Ravens need to cut ties with Clark and Dickson to build with youth via free agency and the draft.

Wide receiver is another porous position that desperately needs help due to the woes of last season. It was believed early in last year's offseason that Tandon Doss could actually fill the void left by Anquan Boldin, but instead Doss was unseated by rookie Marlon Brown who showed flashes of greatness and even tied Torrey Smith’s rookie season TD record with seven. Jacoby Jones was injured in the first game by his own teammate last year and had some highlights on special teams but very few plays on offense. He may not be re-signed, and the Ravens will have to look elsewhere for answers at the receiver position.

Tackle is another position of concern that the Ravens could look to address in the draft. Michael Oher more than likely will not be re-signed this year because of his faulty play. Oher could not pass protect and struggled with the new blocking scheme implemented. The team needs to sign back Eugene Monroe and draft another tackle to anchor the O-line.

With all of these needs to address, whether it is via free-agency, the NFL Draft or trades, the Ravens will need to get players who are ready to hit the ground running and excel quickly to help this offense. These are my top five draft prospects who I believe can produce immediately and would help the Ravens succeed in 2014.

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5. Kelvin Benjamin

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When it comes to big guys that go up for the ball there is none better than the 6-foot-5 Kelvin Benjamin from Florida State. Benjamin’s size and strong blocking skills present a strong case to start him immediately upon picking him up in the draft. The Ravens would see return on investment immediately from this Seminole.

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4. Eric Ebron


This North Carolina star has great hands and ability to make one handed grabs. Watching him locate the ball in the air and adjust to make the catch is something majestic. The Ravens would love to have a player with such talent coming across the middle. Eric Ebron is 6-foot-4, 243-pounds and ready for action now. With Dennis Pitta on the other side, this combination would be tough to deal with. Joe Flacco would salivate at the idea of two monster targets to throw to in 2014. Read more here.

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3. Calvin Pryor

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Hands down, Calvin Pryor is the best safety in the draft. Wherever he plays he will be great instantly. This Louisville star has the power of Bob Sanders in his blows combined with the field vision of Ronnie Lott. The best thing about him is he a pure tackler; nothing gets past him. I see him starting next to Matt Elam next season. Read more here.

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2. Taylor Lewan

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This 6-foot-7 315-pound monster from Michigan has quick feet and great hands. You can’t teach size, and Taylor Lewan comes well equipped with plenty of it. He may need some fine tuning, but he will do just fine if inserted immediately into the Ravens’ starting right tackle slot.

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1. Sammy Watkins

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If there was a more explosive player in the draft I have not found him yet. Sammy Watkins put Clemson on the scene in a big way last season racking up 101 catches for 1,464 yards and 12 scores last season. If he slips to Baltimore, look for the Ravens to insert him into the starting lineup immediately. Read more here.