By Cody Strahm @CodyJStrahm on April 7, 2014
The Baltimore Ravens followed up their Super Bowl title in 2012 by missing the playoffs in 2013. To return to championship-caliber form in 2014, a productive draft will be in order. Here are five day 2 prospects the Ravens should target.
With Michael Oher's departure in free agency, the Ravens have a huge void to fill at right tackle during May's draft. Nevada's Joel Bitonio is a bit undersized but possesses the foot speed and strength to play tackle. He would be an excellent pickup in the draft's second round.
Dennis Pitta, who the Ravens handed a five-year deal this offseason, is a productive tight end. But new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak loves to utilize the tight end in his attack, and a big target like Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins could do wonders for quarterback Joe Flacco.
The Ravens signed former Carolina Panthers star receiver Steve Smith this offseason. Smith turns 35 in May, though, and identifying a long-term complement to Torrey Smith should remain a priority. A big, smooth target, Allen Robinson would be a coup for the Ravens if he's still on the board in Round 2.
James Ihedigbo signed with the Detroit Lions last month and a young Ed Reed isn't walking through that door. A rangy free safety is needed on the back end of Baltimore's secondary. Florida State's Terrence Brooks would fit the bill on day 2.
Ja'Wuan James might be one of the most underrated prospects of the class. He was overshadowed by teammate Antonio Richardson at Tennessee but could end up being the better pro. James started his entire collegiate career at right tackle which makes him less of a risk than those who primarily played on the left side.
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