Baltimore Ravens Draft Picks: Results, Analysis and Grades
Hello, and welcome to the 2014 NFL draft. The Baltimore Ravens are in a prime position this offseason to get better with the eight picks they have in this year's draft, and this piece will feature their results, analysis of the results and a grade for each pick or trade.
To recap its offseason thus far, Baltimore re-signed wide receiver Jacoby Jones, defensive tackle Terrence Cody, offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, tight end Dennis Pitta and linebacker Daryl Smith to long-term deals.
The Ravens also signed former Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith, St, Louis Rams safety Darian Stewart and Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels while trading for Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Jeremy Zuttah.
They did lose defensive lineman Arthur Jones, cornerback Corey Graham, offensive tackle Michael Oher and strong safety James Ihedigbo in free agency.
With all of these moves in mind, they will likely look to address cornerback, offensive line and safety early in this year's draft.
But just because those are the team's biggest needs, Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome is someone who likes to take the best player available when he's on the clock. That leaves mystery, intrigue and often a surprise when Baltimore is on the clock.
Throughout the draft, this slideshow will be updated with the newly selected Ravens, a brief analysis and draft grades.
The Ravens Select C.J. Mosley
With the 17th overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Baltimore Ravens selected Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley.
Regarded as one of the best linebacker prospects in this draft class, Mosley won the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker in 2013 and was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year.
This, after he started all 13 games at inside linebacker and was Bama's leading tackler for the second consecutive season, racking up 108 tackles, nine tackles for loss and five pass breakups. Mosley was also a finalist for the Lombardi and Nagurski awards.
This is a bit of an odd pick, as linebacker isn't really a position of need for the Ravens, though Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome does like taking the best player available. That appears to be the case with this pick, as Mosely was easily one of the best players available when Baltimore was on the clock.
In the end, Mosley will come in and challenge Arthur Brown for the second starting inside linebacker spot next to Daryl Smith in Baltimore's 3-4 defense.
Ravens Select Timmy Jernigan in Round 2
With the 48th overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Baltimore Ravens selected Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan.
Despite falling into the second round, this is a great pickup for the Ravens, who needed to bolster their defensive line depth after letting Arthur Jones walk in free agency.
The 6'2", 300-pound lineman notched 108 tackles (19 for a loss) and six sacks over the past two seasons for the Seminoles. During that time, FSU won two BCS bowl games, including the 2014 BCS National Championship.
For his efforts, Jernigan was selected to the All-ACC First Team by the coaches and All-American First Team by ESPN this past season after notching 63 tackles (11 for a loss) and 4.5 sacks in 2013.
In the Ravens' 3-4 defense, he figures to play nose tackle if Haloti Ngata over to defensive end. This was a steal in the first round, and it helped fill a big need for Baltimore.
Terrence Brooks to Baltimore with 79th Pick
The Ravens entered the third round with two picks, and with the 79th-overall selection, they took safety Terrence Brooks out of Florida State.
One of the more complete safeties in the draft, Brooks fills a huge need for the Ravens in their secondary. He's an athletic freak who blankets the field in a similar manner that Ed Reed did for so many years in Baltimore.
Terrence Brooks is one of the most athletic free safeties in the draft, with a 38-inch vertical leap and a 4.42 time in the 40-yard dash— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) May 10, 2014
This past season with the Seminoles, Brooks recorded 56 tackles and two interceptions.
He will challenge Darian Stewart for the starting free safety spot, but at worst, he'll get significant playing time as a rookie.
Like each of the previous two picks. Brooks was a player projected to go higher in the draft. and this was likely another case of the Ravens going with the best player available.
Ravens Draft Crockett Gillmore with 99th Pick
The Baltimore Ravens' final pick of Day 2 came with the 99th-overall pick, and it was in the form of Colorado State tight end Crockett Gillmore.
The Ravens needed to add some youth at TE at some point in the draft, and they did so with this pick.
One thing new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak loves to do with his offense is to feature multiple tight ends in his schemes. That means Gillmore will have opportunities to earn playing time as a rookie, and he could step into an even bigger role in 2015 when Owen Daniels' 1-year deal expires.
This is a depth pick more than anything, and there were a number of players ranked ahead of Gillmore at bigger positions of need for the Ravens when they selected him.
Brent Urban to Baltimore with Pick No. 134
With the 134th-overall pick in the draft, the Ravens bolstered their defensive-line depth by selecting Brent Urban out of Virginia.
A 6'7", 300-pound mammoth of a man, Urban has the ability to play defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense or defensive end in a 3-4 defense like the Ravens run.
In 2013, he was an All-ACC Honorable mention pick after starting eight games (missed four games due to leg injury) and getting nine pass breakups, a high number for an interior defensive lineman.
With the Ravens, Urban will likely be a 5-technique who lines up at defensive end. He'll challenge starting DE Chris Canty for playing time as a rookie, and with the departure of Arthur Jones, he could earn some playing time at DT as well.
This was a good pick to add depth along the d-line.
Ravens Select Lorenzo Taliaferro with 136th Pick
The Baltimore Ravens wanted to get a running back in this draft, and they finally got their man late in the fourth round. With the 136th pick, they took Lorenzo Taliaferro out of Coastal Carolina.
A versatile back who can make an impact on offense and special teams, Taliaferro was named the Big South Offensive Player of the Year after leading the conference with 1,729 rushing yards on 276 carries (6.3 yards per carry) and 27 touchdowns in 15 games.
He added 23 catches for 153 yards and a pair of scores. In his career at Coastal Carolina, Taliaferro set 11 school records and five conference rushing records.
As good as his numbers are, this wasn't the pick the Ravens should have made at this point. They still have to address right tackle or wide receiver, two bigger needs in this draft.
Still, Taliaferro is a very talented player who could get significant playing time as a rookie if Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce aren't able to rebound from poor performances in 2013.
John Urschel to Baltimore with Pick No. 175
It may have taken the Ravens a little longer than it should have, but they finally drafted an offensive lineman in the fifth round.
With the 175th-overall pick, the Ravens drafted offensive guard John Urschel out of Penn State. He started all 24 games at right guard from 2012-13 with the Nittany Lions.
While the Ravens did need to address their offensive line, right tackle was the spot that needed to be addressed more, but this is still a quality pick.
Most scouting services, including NFL.com, gave Urshel a fourth-round grade, so getting him at this spot was good value. The Ravens offensive line performed very poorly in 2013, and getting Urschel will help ensures that doesn't happen again in 2014.
As a rookie, he'll have to compete for a roster spot, as players drafted this late are rarely assured of a spot on the final roster. With the Ravens having just three guards currently signed though, Urschel got a great chance to make the opening-day 53-man roster
Ravens Draft Keith Wenning with 194th Pick
The Ravens were thought to be looking at adding a developmental quarterback in this draft, and they finally got one late in the sixth round.
It came in the form of Ball State's Keith Wenning with the 194th-overall pick.
According to the school's official website, Wenning set multiple school records, including pass completions (1,035), attempts (1,642), passing yards (11,402) and touchdowns (92).
He also had 13 career rushing touchdowns and a 27-20 mark in 47 starts. While the Ravens still have other needs they needed to address, Wenning looks like a solid developmental prospect who could eventually become a nice backup behind Joe Flacco.
Ravens Select WR Michael Campanaro in 7th Round
The Baltimore Ravens were out of picks with the draft seemingly over for them, but they made a trade with the Cleveland Browns in order to get back into the action.
They moved into the seventh round and selected Michael Campanaro out of Wake Forest. They gave up a sixth round pick in the 2015 draft in order to select Campanaro with the 218th pick.
His college career ended premature after he suffered a season-ending broken collarbone in November, but still earned second-team All-ACC honors after catching 67 balls for 803 yards and six touchdowns in eight games.
Campanaro would have been drafted higher if not for that injury that cost him games in '13, so this will be a great value pick if he's healthy once training camp opens.
This was a great move that ensured the Ravens would add a receiver in this draft, and a productive one at that.