Baltimore Ravens 7-Round Mock Draft: Final Edition
The 2014 NFL draft is upon us, and the Baltimore Ravens are poised to add several players who will impact the team sooner rather than later.
With eight picks in the draft this year, the Ravens have plenty of ammunition to address their pressing roster needs with.
After winning the Super Bowl in 2013, the Ravens fell to 8-8 last year and missed the playoffs for the first time under head coach John Harbaugh.
If Baltimore can have a successful draft this year, it could springboard them back into the playoffs and possibly make them a title contender again.
Here is one final crack at projecting the players the Ravens could choose to add to their roster this year through the draft.
Round 1, Pick 17: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
Because starting strong safety James Ihedigbo left in free agency to sign a deal with the Detroit Lions this offseason, Matt Elam is moving from free safety to his more natural strong spot.
That leaves a void in the back end of the Ravens defense that needs to be addressed, and Ha'Sean "Ha Ha" Clinton-Dix is the best safety and overall player available at this spot.
Clinton-Dix can do everything you'd ask of an NFL safety. He's fast, instinctive, reads and reacts very well and can be utilized effectively on safety blitzes. He's also physical enough to play the run, but he also possesses the lateral quickness and straight-line speed to cover any part of the field.
In 11 games last year as a junior, Clinton-Dix finished fourth on the team in tackles with 46 and recorded two interceptions. He was a second-team All-American and first-team All-SEC pick. As a sophomore in 2012, Clinton-Dix played in every game and led the SEC with five interceptions.
The Ravens have met with Clinton-Dix this offseason, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, so the interest is there.
Getting him at this spot what be an excellent way to kick off this draft for Baltimore.
Round 2, Pick 34 (from Washington): Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
Projected trade: The Washington Redskins receive the 48th and 79th overall picks from the Ravens for the 34th pick in the second round.
The Washington Redskins would be wise to acquire extra picks, as they don't have a first-round pick in this year's draft, and the Ravens may be the one's to capitalize.
B/R's own James Dudko thinks the Redskins should strongly consider trading down in order to acquire more picks.
That makes them a nice target for the Ravens to trade with in order to move up in the second round and get the guy they want in Morgan Moses.
Moses is projected as a fringe first-round pick, but he slips in this instance into the waiting arms of the Ravens, who desperately need depth at offensive tackle.
With Michael Oher having left in free agency, Ricky Wagner is the projected starting right tackle.
As a rookie in 2013, Wagner played in just 131 offensive snaps in 2013, but he did receive a 1.0 grade from Pro Football Focus (subscription required).
It's a small sample size, but he could be challenged for the starting spot. With Moses now on the roster, this gives the Ravens two viable options to replace Oher.
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.
Moses' biggest strength comes in pass protection, where he rarely allows defenders to even touch his quarterback.
According to VirginiaSports.com, Moses has surrendered only two sacks in the past 506 pass attempts he was in. He also graded out at over 90 percent in every game with an average of eight knockdowns per game.
The Ravens have previously met with Moses, and getting him at this point is a nice pickup.
Round 3, Pick No. 99 (Compensatory): Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida
After letting Corey Graham depart in free agency, Asa Jackson, Chykie Brown, Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb are the only cornerbacks on the Ravens roster right now.
While all the attention regarding cornerbacks is on Darqueze Dennard and Justin Gilbert, there's one cornerback not getting a lot of attention who could be an option for the Ravens in Round 3.
Florida's Marcus Roberson was once viewed as one of the top 2014 corner prospects. However, injuries and and a drop-off in his production in 2013 hurt his stock to the point where he's now fallen into the Ravens' lap in the third round.
Roberson suffered a PCL injury that cost him four games, and a late-season suspension caused his stock to fall lower than it probably should be.
That is, if Roberson can get healthy and play more like he did 2012 when he finished second in the SEC with 14 passes defensed and was named to the All-SEC Second Team in 2012 by the Associated Press.
Round 4, Pick No. 134 (Compensatory): Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor
The Ravens need to bolster their interior offensive line depth with Jah Reid being the only backup guard on the roster, and he'll be a free agent in 2015.
Baylor offensive guard Cyril Richardson would be a great developmental pick at this point, and he could potentially become a starter in 2016. That's when both starting guards, Marshal Yanda and Kelechi Osemele, are scheduled to become free agents.
The 6'5", 340-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.
At Baylor, Richardson played in a system predicated on a quick passing game and runs out of the shotgun formation. That meant he never was required to be a great pass-blocker for the offense to operate. That led to him being a poor pass-blocker entering the NFL, and he shouldn't be a starter as a rookie.
Richardson needs some work, but he's got the potential to become a mauler of an offensive lineman in the physical AFC North.
Round 4, Pick No. 138 (Compensatory): Terrance West, RB, Towson
Ravens running backs Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce had down years in 2013, and Rice had the worst season of his career in 2013. He rushed 214 times for only 660 yards and four touchdowns, and Pierce gained just 436 yards on 152 carries and scored only two touchdowns.
The Ravens will likely look to bring in a rookie back to get some youth in their backfield, and they've been linked to Towson running back Terrance West.
West has already had a workout with the Ravens, and they also were at his pro day. West rushed for 4,585 career yards and scored 86 touchdowns in his time at Towson.
He could sit on the bench next year while Rice and Pierce get the majority of snaps, then take on a heavier workload in the coming years as Rice gets older and is phased out of the offense.
Round 5, Pick No. 175 (Compensatory): Michael Sam, DE/OLB, Missouri
Michael Sam is the reigning SEC defensive player of the year, as he terrorized opposing quarterbacks this past year. He racked up an SEC-leading 19 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks. The Ravens are interested in him, as Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports they interviewed Sam at the NFL Scouting Combine.
At 6'2" and 260 pounds, Sam is a little bit undersized for the defensive end position, especially in a 3-4 defense like the Ravens run. He would be a situational pass-rusher until he possibly bulks up and becomes a three-down player.
There is also the thought he could move to outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.
Terrell Suggs turns 32 in September in what will be his 13th NFL season, and Elvis Dumervil is 30 in what will be his 10th year in the league. Having a little more depth behind them wouldn't hurt, and Sam may be better off playing outside linebacker.
Either way, Sam is a quality pass-rusher with a great motor who the Ravens will find a way to get on the field.
Round 6, Pick No. 194 (Compensatory): Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida
As mentioned before, the Ravens are in desperate need of depth at the cornerback position, and Loucheiz Purifoy is the best cornerback on the board at this point. The Ravens need to get two corners in this draft with only four currently signed to their roster.
Purifoy finished the season with 24 tackles, two interceptions and seven pass breakups. He's a better athlete than he is a pure cover corner at this point, but his ceiling is high because of his quickness, instincts, length and speed.
A starter for the last two years for the Gators, the 6'0", 190-pound junior also played a little wide receiver. He's been a very good player on special teams as a returner and at blocking kicks.
Purifoy's stock took a big hit this offseason when he was allegedly caught in March with marijuana and bath salts, according to Cindy Swirko of Gatorsports.com.
He wasn't arrested, but it is another red flag that ensures he will fall into Day 3 of the draft. Purifoy was also suspended for the first game of last season for an unspecified violation of team rules.
With this being the Ravens' final pick, they take a chance on the troubled corner and hope he can reach his full potential in Baltimore.