Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN is the original draftnik, and he broke down the class very well (Insider subscription required):
The Ravens put together another solid draft, with one notable question. They got some really good players who will contribute immediately, and peppered in some high-upside picks that could make this draft look outstanding down the road.
I didn’t have linebacker as a big need, but the front office probably found it hard to pass on the best inside linebacker in the draft, and they pulled the trigger on C.J. Mosley. The Ravens also got another potential immediate starter in the third round when they drafted Terrence Brooks.
The upside is along the defensive line. Timmy Jernigan could be a really good player if he plays to the best of his tape—he was an impact player for the ‘Noles. Brent Urban is a really intriguing 3-4 defensive end prospect, with great length and good quickness at nearly 6’7”.
My question would be whether they got enough in the passing game. Crockett Gillmore is the hope there, a big target with a wide catch-radius who can stretch the seam.
Preparing for this draft, all the analysts had a certain idea of the Ravens’ biggest needs—such as right tackle, cornerback and wide receiver. The Ravens didn’t address two of them and waited until Round 7 to add a wideout.
We always knew the Ravens believed in the best-player-available strategy, but their disregard for some glaring needs serves as a strong (and somewhat startling) reminder of that fact.