2014 NFL Draft: 5 Players Baltimore Ravens Should Target With 17th Pick

2014 NFL Draft: 5 Players Baltimore Ravens Should Target With 17th Pick

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While 17th overall is not an ideal position to draft a player, the Baltimore Ravens must do the best with what they have, or will they shock us all once again? We all know Ozzie Newsome doesn’t like to stay still in the first round, however, should he decide to stick around at the current spot, here are five players he may pull the trigger on if they slide down the charts.

5. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama

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5. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama

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Newsome has been tied to Alabama products for the longest, but this one I believe to be a long shot to make the 17th overall pick. There is a possibility Clinton-Dix could go No. 17 overall, but I believe it will not be the best first round selection for the team.

4. Ka' Deem Carey, Arizona

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4. Ka' Deem Carey, Arizona

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According to mock draft experts, running backs are set to start coming off the board in the second round. However, Carey is too explosive to wait that long for. Should Newsome not get the best value player he wants (hint: No. 1 on my list), he may trade back to ensure he gets this guy at the right spot in the first round.

3. Taylor Lewan, Michigan

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3. Taylor Lewan, Michigan

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There are two glaring holes in the Ravens’ offensive line, and if Lewan falls as far as 17, Newsome will pull the trigger. The sheer size of this stout beast cannot be passed over by Charm city. Pulling in a guy of this caliber would solidify the O-Line for years to come.

2. Eric Ebron, North Carolina

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2. Eric Ebron, North Carolina

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As much as I would like Baltimore to keep looking when it comes to this guy because of his lack of blocking ability and the fact that he takes plays off that he isn’t involved in, they are going to take a long hard look at this overrated tight end. When he is fully committed on a play, he is a true "home-run" hitter, when it comes to big play ability.

1. Calvin Pryor, Louisvlle

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1. Calvin Pryor, Louisvlle

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This top-flight safety is the best value pick in the first round. Baltimore would be foolish to pass on this guy. Pryor is a ball-hawk in the making, and he makes even the stiffest coach gush at his tape. His game play is more mature than some current NFL safeties. Baltimore needs to do whatever it takes to secure Pryor. Grabbing Pryor brings an all new intensity to the Ravens' secondary.


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