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Ravens 2014 draftees that can break out in 2015

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The class did well in it's rookie year and they could be even better in 2015.

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There are quite a few 2015 break-out contenders from the 2014 draft class.

C.J. Mosley is excluded as he already broke out, what with being the starter, Pro Bowler and second-team All-Pro. John Urschel, Keith Wenning, and James Hurst aren't on the list because they're reserve players that aren't likely to get starting time unless someone gets hurt.

Here are the nominees:

Timmy Jernigan

Jernigan burst onto the scene in December, registering five sacks in the last month of the regular season and the playoffs, and becoming a big force vs. the run during Haloti Ngata's suspension. Depending on the status of Chris Canty, Haloti Ngata, and Pernell McPhee in 2015, Jernigan could be even bigger as a regular starter.

Terrence Brooks

Brooks had an up-and-down season before his year ended against Jacksonville. A healthy Brooks and stability in the secondary that would allow him to stay at his natural free safety position could result in a big 2015 for him.

Crockett Gillmore

Gillmore wasn't used much in the passing game, as he was mostly a blocker. But when called upon to catch balls he displayed soft hands and toughness over the middle. His role could elevate depending on the status of Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels being up in the year as well as having another year to connect with Joe Flacco and learn the offense.

Brent Urban

Urban impressed in camp before getting injured and missed all of 2014. While it would be a breakout for him to make it on the field in 2015, he could be a big part of the rotation with Ngata, Canty, and McPhee all possible departures.

Lorenzo Taliaferro

Taliaferro impressed as a back-up for Forsett before going down due to injury. With the possibility of Justin Forsett leaving in free agency or just simply a desire to keep him fresh as he ages even if he is re-signed, Taliaferro could see his workload increase in 2015, especially in redzone or short down packages.

Michael Campanaro

Unless something extreme happens like Torrey Smith leaving in free agency or an injury, Campanaro isn't likely to get a starting role in 2015. However he can certainly take over as the slot receiver and possibly get his workload increased in an effort to keep Steve Smith fresh. His ability to get open and his soft hands make him a good slot receiver and his willingness to get better and be a return man could also make him the replacement for Jacoby Jones as the teams kick returner, especially seeing as he's much cheaper.