Know Thy AFC North Enemy: A Look At The Ravens 2014 Draft Class
We have already dissected the Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 draft class pretty good, so now it’s time to look at what the other teams in the AFC North did. We’ll start this short series off with a quick overview of the Baltimore Ravens 2014 draft class.
1 – 17(17) – C.J. Mosley – ILB – Alabama
The addition of Mosley by the Ravens was a need if I ever saw one. He is a three down player that very well could crack the starting lineup come Week 1.
2 – 16(48) – Timmy Jernigan – DT – Florida State
Jernigan is a solid fit for what the Ravens do defensively and it shouldn’t take him long to work into their rotation up front.
3 – 15(79) – Terrence Brooks – FS – Florida State
Like Mosley, the addition of Brooks fills another immediate need. He is versatile and figures to be roaming the deep part of the Ravens secondary along with Matt Elam for several years to come.
3 – 35(99) – Crockett Gillmore – TE – Colorado State
Gillmore should easily make the Ravens roster as a third tight end behind Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels. He kind of reminds you of a taller Dallas Clark.
4 – 34(134) – Brent Urban – DT – Virginia
This is the fourth player on this list that would have been a good fit for the Steelers and I will be surprised if he doesn’t stick on their final 53 man roster.
4 – 38(138) – Lorenzo Taliaferro – RB – Coastal Carolina
Yet another position of need filled by the Ravens. He can catch out of the backfield as well. There’s a good chance he succeeds Ray Rice as the starter.
5 – 35(175) – John Urschel – G – Penn State
Yet again the Ravens fill a depth need. Marshal Yanda is another year older and Urschel should be an upgrade over backups A.Q. Shipley and Gino Gradkowski.
6 – 18(194) – Keith Wenning – QB – Ball State
With Tyrod Taylor entering his final year under contract, it was no secret that the Ravens would be looking for another quarterback to groom to be the backup to Joe Flacco.
7 – 3(218) – Michael Campanaro – WR – Wake Forest
Campanaro might very well wind up being the Ravens only draft pick that doesn’t make their final 53 man roster.
As much as it pains me to say it, I really think the Ravens had a very nice three day haul. They addressed several needs and three of these players I mocked as going to the Steelers at some point during the four that I did.
What do you think of the Ravens 2014 draft?