Ravens Draft Preview

Here's a look at what Baltimore did this off-season and their needs going into the NFL Draft.

Baltimore Ravens
2014 draft picks:
1st round (17), 2(48), 3(79), 3(99), 4(134), 4(138), 5(175), 6(194)

The Ravens had a down year after winning the Super Bowl the season prior. Baltimore went through a ton of personnel changes, lost some veteran leadership and battled through some injuries. Despite the season of transition, they narrowly missed the playoffs after going 8-8 in 2013. They have a terrific coach and even better General Manager so I wouldn't count this team down and out. They are just rebuilding and retooling their roster.

Needs
1. Offensive Line

The Ravens could use some help up front, both on the outside at tackle and inside. Michael Oher is no longer with the team and the Ravens traded for Buccaneer center/guard Jeremy Zuttah. Zack Martin could be a prime candidate with their first spot if they decide to go offensive line.

2. Wide Receiver
Steve Smith is a nice veteran addition at the wide receiver position but for how long? The Ravens have four of the first 99 picks and would be very surprised if they don't add a receiver with one of those selections. It's a deep year at this position. Baltimore could certainly nab a very good one with that first pick.

3. Safety
Baltimore drafted Matt Elam last year and have some roster turnover with guys like James Ihedigbo and Darian Stewart no longer with the team. It's a pretty good draft of safeties at the top. If Elam shows improvement and they can draft a dependable guy then this should be an improved position in 2014.

4. Running Back
What in the world happened to Ray Rice last season? He just didn't look like his old self running the football. Is it age or just one of those seasons? While they did sign Justin Forsett, the Ravens could add a nice running back piece somewhere in the middle rounds. There are a lot of impressive backs in this draft.

5. Linebacker
The Ravens need help at linebacker, in particular on the inside. They did re-sign Darryl Smith but they will eventually need to get his replacement.

Acquisitions
Justin Forsett (RB)
Steve Smith (WR)
Owen Daniels (TE)
Jeremy Zuttah (C)

No Longer With The Team
Vonta Leach (FB)
Tandon Doss (WR)
Ed Dickson (TE)
Michael Oher (OT)
Arthur Jones (DL)
Jameel McClain (ILB)
James Ihedigbo (S)
Darian Stewart (S)
Corey Graham (CB)

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