It's hard to plan for the offseason while you're still smack dab in the middle of an emotional playoff "ride" as Ray Lewis likes to call it. The Ravens and their fans are certainly feeling great after an impressive win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, but that all could change in less than seven days when Baltimore meets Denver in the Mile-High City.
If the Ravens manage to continue their playoff run, it won't delay the activity going on in the front office of M & T Bank Stadium. The scouts will be sent out, there will be hours of film to scrutinize, interviews to conduct and comprehensive research done on every 21-24 year old that would make the FBI jealous.
The NFL draft has become the most cost effective way for NFL franchises to build and maintain their brand. The amount of time, research and money that each team invests in a draft pick is well into the tens of millions of dollars. Everyone is looking to add the pieces that will help lead their team to the promised land.
The draft strategies of NFL teams vary. The Ravens' strategy in the past has been to take the best player available, and they have stocked some talent in key positions. However, Baltimore has shown that there are certainly some areas that could use some reinforcements from the college ranks.
Sure, it's impossible for a team to plan for a full seven rounds of draft picks, but given Baltimore's areas of need, the Ravens can plan for who they want and who might be available in their draft position. Here's my 2013 Baltimore Ravens' draft and the smartest pick at each spot.