While the Baltimore Ravens are gearing up for the Super Bowl by studying film and practicing, another member of the Ravens is preparing for the offseason and NFL Draft.
Ozzie Newsome, the general manager of the Ravens, and his team of scouts are undoubtedly in Mobile, Ala. for the Senior Bowl looking for the next batch of future Ravens.
Linebacker Courtney Upshaw and guard Kelechi Osemele, the top two picks from last year’s draft, will be starting in the Super Bowl. Bernard Pierce, taken in the third-round, proved to be a valuable backup to Ray Rice and looks to have future NFL starter written all over him. Baltimore, which has a rich tradition in the draft, seemed to strike gold with its first three picks last year.
While Upshaw has not reached his full potential as a pass rusher, the rookie has been a serviceable defender against the run, and has done very well over the last few months holding the edge and keeping plays from bouncing outside.
Osemele, has been better than anyone could have expected. The rookie guard played well at right tackle before switching to left guard in the playoffs where he has flourished.
Without a doubt, Baltimore is searching for players who can make an impact just as Upshaw, Osemele and Pierce have done during their rookie campaigns.
Here is an early look at the position’s on Baltimore’s wish list they will look to fill during the NFL Draft.