By Ed Morgans @writered21 on March 14, 2014
It's been a productive offseason for the Ravens in that they have been able to keep three of their own free agents by re-signing them, most notably tackle Eugene Monroe. But they are still a team with needs after their Super Bowl defense ended without so much as a playoff appearance. Baltimore picks 17th in the NFL Draft and here are some first-round scenarios.
Baltimore will sign former Carolina standout Steve Smith, but he's a veteran who may develop into more of a possession receiver with the Ravens. Torrey Smith is a deep threat, but the Ravens can use a young star wideout and Cooks (128 catches, 1,730 yards, 16 TDs in 2013) would be a quality pick at 17.
Baltimore fans love a good linebacker and if Mosley is available at 17, the Ravens would be wise to get him. The 2012 All-American could stand to get bigger (6-foot-2, 232 pounds), but he was in on 215 tackles the last two seasons for one of the nation's best defenses at Alabama.
Donald won the Nagurski Award as the nation's Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2013. Will he be there for Baltimore at 17? Doubtful. But if he is, the Ravens have to take him. A bit undersized at 6-foot-1, 285 pounds, Donald made up for that with a high motor that led to 28.5 tackles for loss in 2013. He ran a 4.68 in the 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine.
If Baltimore wants a receiver at 17 and Jones is gone, Beckham Jr. is the likely choice. He was first-team All-ACC and can also return punts and kicks, which would give Jacoby Jones a break. He would fit right in behind the two Smiths, and he, combined with them and Dennis Pitta, give Baltimore a very dangerous passing offense.
Martin will be the target of many teams in the NFL Draft and it's not likely he will be there at 17, though, some mock drafts have him going a bit later. If he is, the Ravens could very much use him to fill out their offensive line. Having plenty of offensive weapons won't matter if Baltimore can't pass protect for Joe Flacco.
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