The Baltimore Ravens need to nail the 2014 NFL draft to bounce back to Super Bowl contention in 2014. Fortunately, they have one of the deepest draft classes in recent memory at their disposal to restock the shelves that were left bare after the championship parade.
In a normal draft, you generally expect to add definite starters in the first round—at least where the Ravens usually pick—but this year’s draft class is special. General manager Ozzie Newsome will be able to find starting-caliber talents all the way into the third round. As such, it makes sense to familiarize yourself with some possible draft picks that could be in the starting lineup for Week 1.
The following players cover a range of positions and projected draft rounds, but obviously the Ravens won’t be able to add all of them. These are players who are attainable targets and can step in to fill the team’s four biggest needs: right tackle, free safety, defensive end and inside linebacker.