Every Baltimore Ravens fan and analyst had theories and hypotheses about how the Ravens would approach the task of rebuilding a contender this offseason. While we’re still in the early stages, the opening of NFL free agency has given us a glimpse into the mind of general manager Ozzie Newsome and what the front office is focused on and trying to accomplish in the months before the 2014 season.
For example, it is abundantly clear that the Ravens are keenly focused on upgrading the offensive line and the receiving corps—as they should be. The re-signings of Eugene Monroe and Dennis Pitta prove as much, but they also speak to Baltimore’s interest in showing just how committed the organization is to turning last year’s weaknesses into this season’s strengths.
Additionally, how the Ravens have attacked free agency—though there is still plenty of time left on the clock—reveals tidbits of information about potential draft strategies. Given the moves that have been made so far, it would seem as though defense is going to be addressed through the draft much earlier than originally anticipated, and the Ravens could nab a cornerback early to replace Corey Graham.
Those are some of the general revelations, but there are plenty of more specific nuggets of knowledge to be gleaned from the first few days of free agency.