The Baltimore Ravens are gearing up for a very important draft this season, looking to get back into the playoffs in 2016 after missing for only the second time in quarterback Joe Flacco's eight year career. They return several important veterans at key positions, but also have a need to get younger at several positions they will be looking at in the earlier rounds like wide receiver and pass rusher.
With that in mind, the Ravens have begun the process of evaluating the prospects, sending coaches to the Senior Bowl to get a closer look. Clearly they are taking this very seriously:
Ravens have Rich Angelo (TEs), Bobby Engram (WRs) and Thomas Hammock (RBs) here at Senior Bowl weigh ins. Eric DeCosta as well.— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) January 26, 2016
Ravens OL coach Juan Castillo here at Senior Bowl checking out the offensive line.— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) January 26, 2016
The Ravens have found some great talents who first stood out at the Senior Bowl, including current players like Brandon Williams, Crockett Gillmore, Kyle Juszczyk, Rick Wagner, Lardarius Webb and even Joe Flacco and Marshal Yanda.
Four of the 9 players the Ravens selected in 2015 were at the Senior Bowl. 5 of their draftees in 2014 did too. They also had 5 in 2013. So this is clearly an important part of the process for Ozzie Newsome and his front office.