The Baltimore Ravens made a flurry of big moves in the first week of free agency, but all eyes are still focused on the draft and how general manager Ozzie Newsome will invariably manage to bring a talented crop of young talent into the organization.
Now that the Ravens have had the chance to sign some veteran players on the market, let’s take a preliminary look at how the draft could shape out for them based on the roster as it is currently constructed.
Mock drafts are the most exciting aspect of the buildup to the draft, as fans eagerly scroll through to figure out which players the analysts and writers have their team selecting. That said, it’s important to keep in mind what the mock draft really represents.
The purpose of a mock draft is to give you an idea of the most pressing needs on the roster, the type of players Baltimore is looking for and the draft projections for a number of players that are sure to be on the Ravens’ big board.
Before we get to the picks, some explanation is required. The Ravens currently only have four assured draft picks in Rounds 1 (No. 17), 2 (No. 48), 3 (No. 79) and 6 (No. 178)—not exactly an ideal situation in a draft that is exceptionally deep.
Fortunately for Ravens fans, they have the Wizard of Oz as their GM, and the team will receive compensatory picks. How many? Jamison Hensley of ESPN believes the team will receive four picks, so those picks will be added to this mock draft.
We have no idea where those picks will fall, so in this mock draft they are projected in the following draft slots: two fourth-rounders for Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe, one fifth-round pick for Cary Williams and a seventh-rounder for Ed Reed.
With the logistics out of the way and the Ravens on the clock, let’s see what their 2014 draft class looks like.