2014 NFL Draft: Baltimore Ravens’ 5 Dark Horse First-Round Targets

5 Dark Horse First-Round Options for the Ravens

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The mock projections for the 2014 NFL Draft seem to change daily, and the Baltimore Ravens will have to wait to see who is available with the 17th overall pick. If there is a run on quarterbacks, the Ravens will have several key skill players to chose from. If quarterbacks aren't being selected until the second round, however, Baltimore may be forced to draft players earlier than expected.

These are five dark horse first-round options.

5. Jimmie Ward, SS, Northern Illinois

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5. Jimmie Ward, SS, Northern Illinois

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Strong safety Jimmie Ward has been projected to be drafted anywhere between the second and third round, but the Ravens could scoop him up with their first-round pick. While he has size concerns at 5-foot-11, 1930pounds, Ward is an interception and tackling machine. Durability and apparent character issues aside, the Ravens could make Ward their primary target in the first round.

4. Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh Panthers

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4. Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh Panthers

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Even though Aaron Donald is one of the best players at his position, his draft stock could fall if there is a run on quarterbacks and wide receivers. Some consider him undersized which does hurt his value, but Donald finished the 2013 season with 59 tackles, 11 sacks, 16 QB hurries and four forced fumbles. It is a long shot for the Ravens to land Donald, but you never now what will happen in the NFL Draft.

3. Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville

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3. Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville

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Most of the attention for free safety has been placed upon Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, but the Ravens could desperately use Calvin Pryor to fill the hole left by James Ihedigbo. Matt Elam will most likely fill in at strong safety for Ihedigbo, and Pryor will take Elam's spot at free safety. During his career at Louisville, Pryor accumulated 218 total tackles, two sacks, seven interceptions and nine forced fumbles.

2. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

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2. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

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Even though the Ravens signed wide receiver Steve Smith and tight end Owen Daniels, fans would still like to see Ozzie Newsome draft another target for Joe Flacco. At 6-foot-5, 240-pounds, Benjamin is very difficult to contain. In 2013, the future star recorded 1,011 receiving yards and 15 touchdown catches on the season.

1. Marqise Lee, WR, USC

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1. Marqise Lee, WR, USC

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Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans are considered the top targets for the draft, but the Ravens aren't sleeping on Marqise Lee. If there is a run on wide receivers, the Ravens could try to lock Lee up in the first round. He has suffered injuries throughout his career so durability is a concern, but from 2011-2013, Lee totaled 3,655 receiving yards and 29 touchdowns.


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