May 11, 2014

2014 NFL Draft Review: Baltimore Ravens

#32 C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

Baltimore Ravens
Division: AFC North | Last Season Record: 8-8

What Needed to be addressed in the Draft: Baltimore is coming off of a disappointing season. The most important thing they had to do during the draft was help Joe Flacco. Even after adding Steve Smith this off-season, it would make since to add another pass catcher or two in the early rounds.

Also, arguably their biggest need is at right tackle, and could be addressed as early as round one, depending who's on the board. Adding another running back makes a lot of sense as well.

Besides cornerback and defensive line depth, the Ravens must come away with a starting safety to pair with Matt Elam. GM Ozzie Newsome almost always nails the draft, but would this year be any different?

Individual Draft Picks:

Round 1

17. (17) C.J. Mosley, ILB
Experience: Senior | School: Alabama
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 234 lbs.

Round 2

16. (48) Timmy Jernigan*, DT
Experience: Junior | School: Florida State
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 205 lbs.

Round 3

15. (79) Terrence Brooks, FS
Experience: Senior | School: Florida State
Height: 5-11 | Weight: 200 lbs.

35. (99) Crockett Gillmore, TE
Experience: Senior | School: Colorado State
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 260 lbs.

Round 4

34. (134) Brent Urban, DE
Experience: Senior | School: Virginia
Height: 6-7 | Weight: 296 lbs.

38. (138) Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB
Experience: Senior | School: Coastal Carolina
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 231 lbs.

Round 5

18. (194) John Urschel, OG
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Penn State
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 313 lbs.

Round 6

35. (175) Keith Wenning, QB
Experience: Senior | School: Ball State
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 223 lbs.

Round 7

3. (218) Michael Campanaro, WR
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Wake Forest
Height: 5-9 | Weight: 187 lbs.

Two Picks of Note:

Best Value Pick:

Terrence Brooks, FS (Round 3, Pick 15)
Experience: Senior | School: Florida State
Height: 5-11 | Weight: 200 lbs.

Analysis: Terrence Brooks should have been off the board in the middle of the second round, but fell all the way to the third. I would much rather have Brooks in the third than Jimmie Ward or Deone Bucannon in the first round. Brooks is a true center fielder, and will allow Matt Elam to start at strong safety.

Most Questionable Pick:

Timmy Jernigan*, DT (Round 2, Pick 16)
Experience: Junior | School: Florida State
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 305 lbs.

Analysis: Not that Timmy Jernigan isn't talented, I just don't think this is a great scheme fit. He's undersized for a 3-4 nose tackle, but I'm not sure he fits as a defensive end in Baltimore's defense. Plenty of people had Jernigan as a 1st rounder, but I had an early 3rd round grade on him.

Undrafted Free Agent Signings:

Most Notable

James Hurst, OT
Experience: Senior | School: North Carolina
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 298 lbs.

Analysis: Hurst was viewed as a potential first round pick before the season. If not for a broken leg suffered in UNC's bowl game, Hurst likely would've been an early day 3 pick at worst. He could push Rick Wagner, who is lightly penciled in as the starting right tackle.

Other Free Agent Signings

Zach Orr, ILB North Texas
Jeremy Butler, WR, Tennessee-Martin
Jamie Meder, DT, Ashland
Terrance Bullitt, LB, Texas Tech
James Hurst, OT, North Carolina
Derrick Hopkins, DT, Virginia Tech
Xavius Boyd, ILB, Western Kentucky
Brett Van Sloten, OT, Iowa
Sammy Seamster, CB, Middle Tennessee State
Aj Pataialii, DL, Utah State
Jace Davis,WR, Northern Colorado
James Hurst, OT, North Carolina
Jake Sinkovec, TE, Boston College
DJ Roberts, DE, Tennessee-Martin
Richie Leone, P, Houston

Draft Review:

Analysis: C.J. Mosley was such a Ravens pick in the first round. The value was good, and though inside linebacker wasn't a pressing need, I would love to see Mosley next to Arthur Brown for the next several years. They'll form one of the top inside linebacker duos in football.

Timmy Jernigan in round two will be considered a steal my most, but as I mentioned above, this is a questionable scheme fit. However, I think the best pick they made in the entire draft was taking Jernigan's teammate, Terrence Brooks in the middle of round 3.

Their next three picks, tight end Crockett Gillmore, defensive end Brent Urban, and running back Lorenzo Taliaferro, were all reaches in my opinion, as I had them all in the 6th-7th round range. Gillmore improved his stock at the senior bowl, and Urban generated some buzz late in the process as well, but both won't add much more than depth in all likelihood.

I did like the John Urschel pick, as he gives the Ravens much needed interior offensive line depth. Keith Wenning could push for the #2 quarterback job, while Michael Campanaro is one of the better slot receivers in the draft when healthy.

The Verdict: As always, Ozzie Newsome did a good job getting good value, and filled a few needs. C.J. Mosley and Timmy Jernigan should be starters in the near future, but Terrence Brooks is probably the only immediate starter at this point. The issue I have is that the Ravens waited until the 7th round to address the receiver position, and ignored the right tackle spot (though picking up James Hurst as an UDFA helps). Also, I think they passed on some more talented backs early on day 3, and didn't add cornerback depth.

Overall Grade: C+