Predicting the Impact of Every Baltimore Ravens’ 2014 Draft Pick

Baltimore Ravens: Predicting the Impact of Every 2014 Draft Pick

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The Baltimore Ravens have high hopes for the 2014 NFL season but may have to lean on young talent to compete within the ever competitive AFC North.

After putting together a solid draft class, here is the projected impact of each 2014 Baltimore draft pick.

First-Round Pick: ILB C.J. Mosley

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First-Round Pick: ILB C.J. Mosley

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Mosley is an ultra-athletic inside linebacker who has incredible upside and could be Baltimore's heir to the great and future Hall of Fame middle linebacker Ray Lewis. Mosley will likely play a key role this season in the middle of Baltimore's defense next to Daryl Smith, who will compete with Arthur Brown.

Impact Meter: 10/10

Second-Round Pick: DL Timmy Jernigan

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Second-Round Pick: DL Timmy Jernigan

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Jernigan was a questionable selection this offseason at first glance, but after taking a deeper look and realizing that DE Arthur Jones left town, the Jernigan pick makes much more sense. Jernigan will compete for a DE spot this season and will likely play a key role as a run defender. But his limited pass rushing ability may take him off the field on third downs.

Impact Meter: 6.5/10

Third-Round Pick: FS Terrence Brooks

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Third-Round Pick: FS Terrence Brooks

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Brooks is a perfect fit in Baltimore with former first-round pick SS Matt Elam and should start immediately in year one. Brooks has ball-hawk ability and could form a nice, young safety duo with Elam for Baltimore to build around. Brooks should also be a force on special teams during his rookie season. He'll see a ton of playing time to develop as a tackler.

Impact Meter: 6/10

Third-Round Pick: TE Crockett Gillmore

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Third-Round Pick: TE Crockett Gillmore

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Gillmore is a perfect complement to Baltimore's tight ends in Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels in that he is a classic in-line blocking tight end. Gillmore may have been the 2014 class' best blocking tight end and could serve as a "steal" for Baltimore as a third-round pick. He is by no means an elite level athlete, but he does his job of moving the chains and blocking his assignment until the whistle.

Impact Meter: 5/10

Fourth-Round Pick: DT Brent Urban

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Fourth-Round Pick: DT Brent Urban

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Urban is a classic fit in Baltimore's nose tackle position due to his 6-foot-7, 297-pound frame. His size makes him a load to throw over, but he will have to work his way up the rotation. Urban's odds of making an impact in year one are slim to none due to the amount of talent in front of him. Urban, buried on the depth chart, has time to develop and bulk up a bit.

Impact Meter: 3/10

Fourth-Round Pick: RB Lorenzo Taliaferro

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Fourth-Round Pick: RB Lorenzo Taliaferro

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Taliaferro has some off-the-field issues he needs to take care of first but does have some upside as a potential short-yardage back in the near future for Baltimore. Taliaferro has some strong wheels, but he does not have the breakaway speed to shock opponents once he hits the edge. He's a classic goal-line or short yardage back, and he's buried on the depth chart.

Impact Meter: 2/10

Fifth-Round Pick: OG John Urschel

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Fifth-Round Pick: OG John Urschel

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Urschel has some upside as a potential center or guard at the next level, but he will need time to develop his game overall, especially as a run blocker. Urschel should compete for a job this season as a potential sixth offensive tackle used in short yardage situations, but he will likely work as the team's backup center this season and into next season at the very least.

Impact Meter: 2/10

Sixth-Round Pick: QB Keith Wenning

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Sixth-Round Pick: QB Keith Wenning

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Wenning certainly has the experience serving as Ball State's starting QB for four straight seasons, but he lacks the mechanics and tools to be an elite level QB. Wenning will compete for the No. 2 QB slot this season with Tyrod Taylor, but he should end up losing out on that battle. It remains to be seen if Baltimore will carry three signal callers; if not, Wenning will be placed on Baltimore's practice squad.

Impact Meter: 0/10

Seventh-Round Pick: WR Mike Campanaro

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Seventh-Round Pick: WR Mike Campanaro

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Campanaro is a player I love as a slot-role receiver, especially in Baltimore's offense, and he could prove to be a player who develops into a very good No. 4 receiver down the road. Sure, he does not have the elite height for a receiver, but neither does WR Wes Welker, who Campanaro reminds me of. His impact will not be felt in year one outside of a special teams role, but remember his name.

Impact Meter: 2/10


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