Every Baltimore Ravens fan should be eagerly awaiting the 2014 NFL draft for two reasons. Firstly, it’s a chance to address some of the roster’s biggest holes with premium young talent. Secondly, general manager Ozzie Newsome is one of the shrewdest evaluators of talent in the business. Here’s an early look at some of the best-case scenarios that would have Baltimore fans grinning from ear to ear on draft day.
Before we get to the players, we must first discuss the picks. Newsome traded away the Ravens’ fourth- and fifth-round picks to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for Eugene Monroe. Similarly, Baltimore doesn’t own its seventh-round pick, which was sent to the Indianapolis Colts for A.Q. Shipley.
That leaves the Ravens with guaranteed picks in Rounds 1, 2, 3 and 6. That’s a fairly underwhelming selection of picks, but Baltimore is likely to get at least four more draft picks.
First, the Miami Dolphins traded a late-round pick to Baltimore for the services of Bryant McKinnie.
Additionally, the Ravens should receive three compensatory draft picks for the unrestricted free agents that they lost last summer (Dannell Ellerbe, Cary Williams and Paul Kruger. Since Ed Reed was cut by the Houston Texans, Baltimore doesn’t get a pick for losing him).
We’re still not completely sure where those compensatory picks will fall, and for that reason, this mock draft will go through each of the seven rounds to cover all the bases.
To be clear, this mock draft breaks down the best-case scenarios. Some of these players won’t be on the board by the time the Ravens are on the clock. There are, however, situations where these players would slide down draft boards and fall right into Baltimore’s lap.
Now, let’s get down to business.