It is no secret what the Baltimore Ravens will be focusing on in the 2014 NFL draft: offensive firepower. The Ravens are currently ranked No. 29 in total offense and will need to draft playmakers to surround quarterback Joe Flacco next season.
In 2013, the Ravens used their first four draft picks on defense in an attempt to get younger and faster on that side of the ball. GM Ozzie Newsome and the front office will take this same approach in 2014. However, the focus will be on the offense this time.
After the season, the Ravens will have a number of key players entering free agency. Left tackle Eugene Monroe, who was acquired from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a fourth- and fifth-round pick earlier in the season, and right tackle Michael Oher are both free agents who could leave two massive holes on the offensive line.
Tight end Dennis Pitta and wide receiver Jacoby Jones will also be free agents at season's end. Pitta has been one of Flacco’s favorite targets in his four seasons, and he is expected to make his season debut in Week 14, according to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun.
Let’s take a look at six potential offensive weapons the Baltimore Ravens could target in the first round of next year's NFL draft. As of Week 13, the Ravens would hold the No. 12 pick in the first round.
All players listed, according to Bleacher Reports own Matt Miller, have first-round grades.