Baltimore Ravens Day 2 2014 NFL Draft Primer
By getting Mosely, we probably won't see them take another linebacker until Day 3, as there are more pressing needs that must be addressed in Day 2.
Here's a look at what to expect from Baltimore in Day 2 of the draft.
Day 1 Recap and Analysis
- Pairs athletic upside with developed technique.
- Accelerates to close with significant burst.
- Fluids hips to turn and run with recovery speed to play man coverage up the seam.
- Instinctive ability to sink underneath intermediate routes and into passing lanes.
As mentioned before, the Ravens kicked off their draft by selecting inside linebacker C.J. Mosley with the 17th overall pick.
An All-American and All-SEC performer for the Crimson Tide, Mosley gives the Ravens great depth at linebacker. He started in all 13 of Alabama's games at inside linebacker last season and was the Tide's leading tackler for the second consecutive season.
Mosley registered 108 tackles and nine tackles for loss to go with five pass breakups, giving him 319 career tackles, 23 of which for a loss.
Here's a brief portion of the scouting report on Mosley from B/R's own Darren Page:
Mosley is a true three-down linebacker, which is a must in today’s NFL. His athleticism, football instincts and versatile skill set make him the type of linebacker who can have an impact on a down-by-down basis. Mosley may be most suited as an outside linebacker in a 4-3, but he’s not a bad fit for the inside of a 4-3 or 3-4 and will certainly factor into any team’s nickel package.
Mosley figures to challenge second-year man Arthur Brown for the second starting inside linebacker spot in the Ravens' 3-4 defense.
Coming into the draft, linebacker wasn't a big need for the Ravens, but that didn't stop them from spending their first-round pick on one. That means they'll need to quickly address those other holes on their roster on Day 2.
Updated Needs for Ravens
With Mosley now in the fold, the Ravens need to address right offensive tackle, cornerback and safety in the second and third rounds, and they'll have three picks to do so with.
Quite frankly, inside linebacker was probably the fourth or fifth-biggest need for the Ravens. That's a good indicator that they viewed Mosley as the best available player on the board when they picked him.
That's good, but it means they'll likely have to take the best available tackle, cornerback and/or safety on the board with each of their Day 2 picks.
Here's where the Ravens will be picking in Round 2:
And here's a ranking of the Ravens' biggest positional needs heading into Day 2:
The Ravens need to get another safety now that Matt Elam is expected to transition to strong safety after playing free safety in 2013. He's moving there to replace the departed James Ihedigbo, who registered 101 tackles, three interceptions and 11 pass deflections last year.
The Ravens had a chance to address this position with Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix on the board at pick No. 17, but they opted to go with Mosley instead.
As of now, Jimmy Smith, Asa Jackson, Chykie Brown and Lardarius Webb are the only cornerbacks on the roster.
Brown and Jackson are merely reserves who combined to play just 39 defensive snaps in 2013. Cornerback is something the Ravens must address on Day 2.
3. Offensive tackle
Ricky Wagner is the projected starter at right tackle after Michael Oher left in free agency. Wagner played in just 131 offensive snaps in 2013, so he's a big unknown.
The Ravens need to add another tackle on Day 2 to at least challenge Wagner for the starting right tackle spot.
4. Wide Receiver
Outside of Torrey Smith, no other Ravens receiver had more than 524 receiving yards in 2013. Baltimore receivers also only caught 13 touchdowns, and 11 of them were between Smith and Marlon Brown.
Adding a wide receiver on Day 2 would be a good move if the right guy is on the board, and USC's Marqise Lee is still waiting to hear his name called.
Top Day 2 Targets
Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
Moses was projected as a fringe first-round pick, but after he didn't get picked in the first round, he could slip to the Ravens at pick No. 48.
The 6'6", 314-pound Moses started 19 games at right tackle from 2010-2011 at Virginia before moving to left tackle and starting 23 games there from 2012-2013.
The Ravens have previously met with Moses, and getting him on Day 2 would be huge for Baltimore.
Terrance West, RB, Towson
The Ravens have been linked to Towson running back Terrance West, as they were in attendance for his pro day. There, an NFL scout compared him to Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris, according to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun.
West was also among several local draft prospects who were invited to work out for the Ravens at their training complex. He rushed for 4,585 career yards and 86 touchdowns in college and could become a bell-cow back in the NFL.
Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
Cornerback is a big need for the Ravens, and Division II Lindenwood's Pierre Desir is projected to go late on Day 2. Desire has grabbed 13 interceptions and deflected 30 passes over the past two seasons.
He might not play immediately as a rookie, but he's got the potential to develop into a quality NFL corner. B/R's own Ian Wharton gave Desir a first to second-round grade.
Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida
Roberson was once viewed as one of the top 2014 corner prospects, but, injuries and and a drop-off in his production this past season hurt his stock to the point where he's now projected as a late Day 3 pick.
Roberson was among the best corners in college football in 2012 when he finished second in the SEC with 14 passes defensed and was named to the AP All-SEC Second Team.
Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor
The 6'5", 329-pound Richardson is one of the better run-blocking guards in this class, and he helped pave the way for the nation's No. 13 rushing offense.
He could come in and be great depth behind Kelechi Osemele and Marshal Yanda at guard. With both of those players set to have their contracts expire in 2016, Richardson could be groomed to be the eventual replacement for one of them.
Terrence Brooks, Safety, Florida State
The 5-11 200 pound Brooks is as hard hitting as any safety in this draft class. A converted cornerback, Brooks was asked to play safety and slot cornerback at times.
In 2013, he recorded 56 tackles and two interceptions while starting 13 games (five at free safety, eight at strong safety) for the Seminoles. He could challenge for a starting spot as a rookie.
Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB, Boston College
The undersized 6'1", 235-pound Kevin Pierre-Louis is an athletic freak who could be the steal of this year's draft. In 2013, he registered 108 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, six sacks and his first career interception, earning All-ACC First Team honors.
He could be a nice backup pass-rusher to spell Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs. He also looks like a guy who would be a force on special teams on coverage units.
What Are the Experts Saying?
B/R's own Matt Miller believes the Ravens will draft wide receiver Martavis Bryant out of Clemson with their second-round pick. That would be a nice infusion of talent and youth to a receiving corpsn that was very unproductive outside of Torrey Smith last year.
For their their first third-round pick, Miller tabbed running back Bishop Sankey out of Washington to the Ravens. He was one of the best backs in college football this past season, and could be a steal at his point.
Like Bernard, Sankey does not possess the ideal frame for a bell-cow running back, but his vision, agility, burst and underrated power make him every effective as an "air" back. Capable of handling third down duties, as well, Sankey ranks as one of 2014's best all-purpose backs and, like Bernard (the first back selected in the 2013 draft), he could earn the highest grade among all runners of his class for some teams.
While the team has stood by Rice since his February arrest, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported last month that the Ravens see the position "in flux" and remain convinced that a yet-to-be-named back from the college ranks "may need to be their starter." Rice faces a potential league suspension to start the season.
Another potential running back the Ravens could target is Towson's Terrance West, whom ESPN's Jamison Hensley thinks Baltimore will strongly consider in the third or fourth round:
There's a stronger likelihood that the Ravens will consider West, who ran for 2,519 yards and scored 42 touchdowns (setting an FCS record). The Ravens are expected to start looking at running backs in the third and fourth rounds, and West is projected to go in that range.
Running back is a need because starter Ray Rice could miss time because of an NFL suspension, and backup Bernard Pierce won't practice until training camp after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery. The Ravens averaged a franchise-worst 3.1 yards per carry last season.
Baltimore has a compensatory pick in the third round (99th overall), and Miller gave them Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt there.
With Arthur Jones having departed in free agency, Tuitt could help offset his loss and challenge for a starting spot along the defensive line as a rookie.
Predictions for Day 2
Ravens trade up to draft an offensive tackle
This draft isn't deep at offensive tackle, and the Ravens may miss out on one who's capable of starting as a rookie unless they trade up to the top of Round 2 to select one.
In one of my previous mock drafts, I projected a trade with the Washington Redskins to move up to the No. 34 pick and select Virginia tackle Morgan Moses, who still is on the board after not being selected in the first round.
B/R's own James Dudko also thinks the Redskins should trade down and acquire more picks. It might not be the Redskins who the Ravens swap picks with, but they'll look to move up for a tackle they believe can challenge Ricky Wagner for the starting right tackle spot.
Ravens draft a defensive back
The Ravens lost their starting strong safety and currently have just four cornerbacks signed to the roster. Needless to say, they need help in the defensive backfield, and they'll address that with one of their two Day 2 picks.
Ravens trade back into Round 3
As of now, the Ravens have three picks on Day 2, two of which will come in the third round. The Ravens have several needs to address with a number of talented prospects likely to be on the board at the end or Round 3.
Baltimore will package some late-round picks in order to move back into the end of Round 3 and end up drafting four players on Day 2.
Updated Baltimore Ravens Mock Draft
With Day 1 of the draft in the books, here's an updated mock draft for the remaining seven rounds.
Round 2, Pick 48: Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
It looks like the Ravens are genuinely interested in Latimer, and they would probably take him if he's on the board in the second round. He would be a great complimentary player to Torrey smith, who's more of a deep-threat receiver.
Latimer does great running more short and intermediate routes. Adding him would make this offense much more efficient than it was in 2013.
Round 3, Pick No. 79: Jack Mewhort, OL, Ohio State
A strong run blocker, Mewhort helped pave the way for an OSU ground game that accounted for 242 yards per game, which ranked No. 10 in the country.
An All-American center coming out of high school, Mewhort played in 49 career games at Ohio State, including 39 consecutive starts.
He started at both left guard and right guard in 2011 before starting his final two collegiate seasons at left tackle.
Round 3, Pick No. 99 (compensatory): Justin Ellis, DT, Louisiana Tech
After losing Arthur Jones, the Ravens may move Haloti Ngata to defensive end, leaving a huge void on the interior that Ellis fills.
He uses his active hands and quick feet to beat blockers frequently, and the 6'1", 334-pound mammoth is a load to handle on the inside.
Round 4, Pick No. 134 (compensatory): Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor
The Ravens need to bolster their interior offensive line depth, and Richardson is a great pickup at this point. He's the best run-blocking guard in this draft, but his pass-protection skills leave a lot to be desired.
With a few years of development, he could become a Pro Bowl-caliber offensive guard.
Round 4, Pick No. 138 (compensatory): Terrance West, RB, Towson
The Ravens want to add a running back, and they do so here with West, who rushed for 4,585 career yards and scored 86 touchdowns in his time at Towson.
Round 5, Pick No. 175 (compensatory): Nevin Lawson, CB, Utah State
Lawson was named first-team All-Mountain West as he helped Utah State's defense rank seventh in the nation with just 17.3 points allowed per game this past year.
He tied for 19th in the nation in passes defended (13), as well as notching 53 tackles and leading the team with four interceptions.
Round 6, Pick No. 194: Antone Exum, CB/S, Virginia Tech
The Ravens would like to boost their cornerback and safety depth, and they do a little for both with this pick of Exum.
He was projected to be one of the top cornerbacks in college football in 2013, but he tore his ACL in the offseason in a pickup basketball game.
Prior to missing most of this past season, Exum had accounted for 182 tackles, six interceptions and 41 pass deflections.
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