Current Needs: FS, 3rd CB, RB, Backup QB, TE, WR, OL, DL, & ILB
Free Agent moves:
Most plausible here is DeCoud because he was cut and comes at a low risk- high reward.
I doubt the Ravens get a CB in free agency but here are some that could be potential targets.
A couple of FA that could be time sharers with Pierce if the Rice situation escalates.
Don’t love either one of these guys but have been proven backups
Ones a blocker, one has been with Kubiak in Houston, both are solid.
WR: Sidney Rice (Cut), Danario Alexander (UFA), or Josh Morgan (UFA)
A lot of potential here but should look to after the draft to pick up a WR.
OL: Eric Winston (UFA)
Really think we pick someone up in the draft but if we don’t, a good pick up.
DL: Terrance Cody (Re-signed with RAVENS) or Pat Sims (Re-signed with Raiders)
The Ravens could wait on the defensive front until after the draft to pick up one of these guys but both good.
Not a great selection of ILB but good for depth if needed.
I put a lot of cut players because Ozzie loves his comp picks.*
1st Round (Pick 17): Taylor Lewan OT (Michigan)
Ok here is my reasoning for Lewan falling to 17 when he is obviously a top 10 talent. Once the draft gets closer and closer his legal allegations should drop his draft stock. Bleacherreport’s latest 7 round predictions had Lewan going to Carolina at 28!! Do I think he will drop that low, NO, but it is possible he drops out of the top 10? Absolutely! The Ravens organization has dealt with legal troubles before and this would just be another story that gets turned around on the field and we would have a spectacular line coming up for the 2014 season. Imagine it now:
Monroe- Osemele- Zuttah- Yanda- Lewan
This would dramatically help the running game that was dreadful last season. I admit it is a stretch that this happens but this would sure up our O-Line for years to come.
2nd Round (Pick 48): Troy Niklas TE (Notre Dame)
This pick is a necessity for Kubiak’s system to work like it did in Houston. Kubiak likes the two TE formations and is believed to continue the same trend here in Baltimore. Not only do we get a huge red zone target but also a desperately needed blocking TE. Pitta isn’t a blocking TE, he’s a receiving TE, but Niklas has a little bit of both in him. He is a very versatile TE who can get in and block and split out wide. He is a great value pick here to pair with Pitta.
3rd Round (Pick 79): Pierre Desir CB (Lindenwood)
Desir should be the first small school product and rightfully so. The Lindenwood product has been climbing up draft boards since the Senior Bowl. With Corey Graham’s departure via free agency Desir would be a very good 3rd CB to help out the Raven’s secondary.
3rd Round (Compensatory Pick 99): Ed Reynolds FS (Stanford)
Here is a position that I hope we do not need to pick but if no moves are made in free agency than this is a necessity. Reynolds has good size for a safety and fits the bill for Ozzie’s want for a rangy free safety. Putting two young safeties in the secondary is concerning but Reynolds could get the job done.
4th Round (Compensatory Pick 134): Terrance West RB (Towson)
A local product out of Towson University has flown under the radar on most draft boards but is slowly climbing. This kid is something special. After Towson’s dreadful 2010 campaign, West walked onto the team and became an instant impact. He only was the school’s all-time leading rusher (4,854); set FCS single-season records in 2013 for rushing yards (2,509) and rushing touchdowns (41). West provides quality depth behind Rice and Pierce. Also I am concerned on the outcome of Ray Rice’s situation and his availability for the season.
4th Round (Compensatory Pick 138): Brandon Coleman WR (Rutgers)
The Ravens definitely made their receiver corps stronger during free agency but that doesn’t mean they should stop in the draft. While they did bring it from the biggest hole in the offense, (with the signing of Steve Smith and re-signing Jacoby Jones), to just a need they should draft someone. Enter Brandon Coleman. The Ravens lack any real size outside of Marlon Brown and a long 6’6’’ Coleman would definitely add great depth and big target for those jump balls Flacco loves to throw. Coleman is one of the most underrated WR of this deep receiver class.
5th Round (Compensatory Pick 175): Ryan Carrethers DT (Arkansas State)
Brandon Williams and Kapron Lewis-Moore have a year under heir belt and are expected to help in the defensive line in lue of the departure of Arthur Jones. But as we know Ozzie loves his DL and Carrethers could present a big body on that defensive front. Also could replace Terrance Cody if he is not retained.
6th Round (Pick 194): Max Bullough ILB (Michigan State)
Arthur Brown is expected to step into Jameel McClain’s spot on defense but the Ravens could use more depth at the position. Bullough was a key player on the very good Michigan State defense of 2013. This gives us a tough run stopping ILB that we can groom through Daryl Smith and have a very good LB corps for years to come.
Potential Undrafted Free Agents:
Tom Savage QB (Pittsburgh)
Jeff Mathews QB (Cornell)
John Harbaugh has expressed that he would like to upgrade at the back-up QB position. These two have the same stature as Flacco and same strengths and weakness as him. These two would be very good replacements/ competition for Tyrod Taylor. Both can sling the ball and throw the deep ball, while neither is that mobile this fit the scheme that Flacco runs, God forbid he gets hurt, we do not have to switch to Taylor’s mobile style scheme.