Ravens NFL draft 2014: Looking at top players at positions of need

Mocking the Draft currently has the Ravens taking USC receiver Marqise Lee in the first round. - Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

SB Nation's top 200 is out and here's who could be of interest for the Ravens.

SB Nation's Mocking the Draft released its top 200 prospects for the upcoming NFL draft.

That, combined with their updated mock drafts, will serve as solid tools to follow leading up to the actual NFL draft in May. Of course, no mock draft is perfect and there are generally some trades and moves made that come out of nowhere — not to mention head-scratching draft picks.

But for now, it's a guessing game with over three months to go before the draft. So here's a look at some players at positions of need for the Ravens, based on their status on Mocking the Draft's top 200.

Wide receiver

Sammy Watkins, Clemson (fifth overall): Barring an unforeseen circumstance, the Ravens won't be able to land the top receiver this draft. Mocking the Draft has Watkins going second overall to the Rams.

Mike Evans, Texas A&M (seventh overall): Evans could slide down to the 16-17 range and would be an ideal fit. He can play multiple receiver positions while adding plenty of size at 6-5, 225 pounds. He's not the fastest receiver, though he's someone that can make plays when it matters most. Mocking the Draft has Evans going 10th overall to the Lions.

Marqise Lee, USC (12th overall): Lee is a 6-0 receiver, though he plays bigger than his size indicates. He's fast, shifty and had a huge season as a sophomore. His numbers dropped off in 2013 due to injuries and a coaching change, but his draft stock still sits as a first-rounder. Mocking the Draft has Lee going to the Ravens with the 16th or 17th pick.

Other receivers of note: Odell Beckham, Jr. (LSU, 23rd overall), Kelvin Benjamin (Florida State, 35th overall), Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt, 37th overall).

Third day receivers with value: L'Damian Washington (Missouri, 97th overall), Paul Richardson (Colorado, 100th overall), Jared Abbrederis (Wisconsin, 112th overall), Martavis Bryant (Clemson, 115th overall).

Free safety

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama (ninth overall): Clinton-Dix has a lot of range and great instincts in the back end. He could be the player the Ravens need to help out in coverage. He played deep a bunch in Alabama's defense but can also attack the line of scrimmage. Mocking the Draft has Clinton-Dix going 14th overall to the Bears.

Calvin Pryor, Louisville (20th overall): Pryor is a physical safety, though there's a concern he wasn't tested much in coverage at the college level. However, he did come up with three picks and has been a fast riser during the early draft season. Mocking the Draft has Pryor going 21st overall to the Packers.

Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois (45th overall): Ward is a versatile safety that can play both free and strong safety. He's seen as a second-to-third rounder, which could allow the Ravens to focus on other positions early. Ward is not expected to be a first-round pick.

Other safeties of note: Ahmad Dixon (Baylor, 56th overall), Deone Bucannon (Washington State, 69th overall).

Third day safeties with value: Craig Loston (LSU, 109th overall), Tre Boston (North Carolina, 129th overall), Terrence Brooks (Florida State, 156th overall).

Tight end

Jace Amaro, Texas Tech (15th overall): Amaro, at 6-5, 260 pounds, is a mismatch for opposing linebackers and safeties. He's not just a receiving tight end either, as he's someone that's well-balanced in the running game too. But without that big-play ability as a receiving option, he may slide some in the first round. Mocking the Draft has Amaro going 29th overall to the Patriots.

Eric Ebron, North Carolina (17th overall): The Ravens want a receiving option that can pick up first downs on third-and-medium situations and Ebron could be that guy. He's effective as a receiver and an athletic option to throw the ball to. If the Ravens have him and Dennis Pitta in the mix, it could prove to be what the Ravens hoped they'd get with Pitta and Ed Dickson. Mocking the Draft has Ebron going 18th overall to the Jets.

Other tight ends of note: Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Washington, 29th overall), Troy Niklas (Notre Dame, 39th overall), C.J. Fiedorowicz (88th overall, Iowa).

Third day tight ends with value: Xavier Grimble (Florida State, 102nd overall), Richard Rogers (California, 125th overall), Marcel Jensen (Fresno State, 167th overall).

Offensive line

We'll go ahead and rule out Texas A&M's Jake Matthews (second overall) and Auburn's Greg Robinson (sixth overall). Neither are expected to fall to the middle of the first round.

Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama (16th overall): If the Ravens want to keep Kelechi Osemele at left guard, then Kouandjio would be an ideal option at right tackle. He had a great career as Alabama's left tackle. Mocking the Draft has Kouandjio going 13th overall to the Rams.

Taylor Lewan, Michigan (21st overall): Lewan came back for his senior season even though he would've most likely been a first-rounder last year. He has a mean streak at left tackle and will make his NFL team happy. However, there should be a concern that Michigan struggled to run the ball all season in 2013. Mocking the Draft has Lewan going 11th overall to the Titans.

Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA (26th overall): Not expected to be a first-rounder, Su'a-Filo could be someone the Ravens target in the second round at left guard. This would enable the Ravens to move Osemele to right tackle. Su'a-Filo is excellent off the snap and has great strength.

Other offensive linemen of note: Zack Martin (Notre Dame, 28th overall), Gabe Jackson (Mississippi State, 47th overall), James Hurst (North Carolina, 78th overall).

Third day offensive linemen with value: Jack Mewhort (Ohio State, 117th overall), Billy Turner (North Dakota State, 130th overall), Seantrel Henderson (Miami, 137th overall), Joe Bitonio (Nevada, 146th overall).


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