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Baltimore Ravens: Team Draft Needs

Mario Puig

Mario Puig

Mario sets the direction of RotoWire's college football and NFL draft content, with his other responsibilities primarily resting in those same subjects. He's a fan of Jim Harbaugh, James Harrison and David Bowie.

Team draft picks (12)

First round (32)
Second round (62)
Third round (94)
Fourth round (129)
Fourth round (130)
Fifth round (165)
Fifth round (168)
Sixth round (199)
Sixth round (200)
Sixth round (203)
Seventh round (238)
Seventh round (247)

1. Inside linebacker

Both Ray Lewis (retirement) and Dannell Ellerbe (free agency) are gone, leaving Baltimore with the task of replacing both of its starting inside linebackers from a year ago.

Potential targets:

First round


Alec Ogletree, Georgia
Arthur Brown, Kansas State
Kevin Minter, LSU

Second round

Sio Moore, Connecticut
Kiko Alonso, Oregon
Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
DeVonte Holloman, South Carolina

Third round

Gerald Hodges, Penn State
Kevin Reddick, North Carolina

Fourth round

Jon Bostic, Florida
Keith Pough, Howard
Khaseem Greene, Rutgers
Sean Porter, Texas A&M

Fifth through seventh rounds

Steve Beauharnais, Rutgers
Michael Mauti, Penn State
Jelani Jenkins, Florida
Nico Johnson, Alabama
Chase Thomas, Stanford

2. Safety

Michael Huff has one of the safety spots accounted for in Baltimore, but with both Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard gone, there’s still work to do at the position. Christian Thompson may have been an in-house candidate to start after the team took him in the fourth round of the 2012 draft, but he was suspended the first four games of 2013 due to substance abuse.

Potential targets:

First round


Matt Elam, Florida
Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International
Eric Reid, LSU

Second round

J.J. Wilcox, Georgia Southern
Bacarri Rambo, Georgia
D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina
Shawn Williams, Georgia
Phillip Thomas, Fresno State
Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse

Third round

Josh Evans, Florida
T.J. McDonald, USC
Duke Williams, Nevada

Fourth round

Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma

Fifth through seventh rounds

Earl Wolff, North Carolina State
Rontez Miles, California (PA)
Cooper Taylor, Richmond
Don Jones, Arkansas State
Cody Davis, Texas Tech

3.Wide receiver

Torrey Smith is one of the league’s most promising young receivers, but the Anquan Boldin trade has otherwise left the Ravens light at receiver. Tandon Doss has done next to nothing in the NFL, and Jacoby Jones has shown he’s no more than average even as a third receiver. It would probably be risky for Baltimore to skip the wide receiver position with its first three picks.

Potential targets:

First round


DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
Justin Hunter, Tennessee

Second round

Keenan Allen, California
Stedman Bailey, West Virginia
Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech
Markus Wheaton, Oregon State
Marquise Goodwin, Texas

Third round

Chris Harper, Kansas State
Josh Boyce, TCU
Kenny Stills, Oklahoma
Terrance Williams, Baylor

Fourth round

Marquess Wilson, Washington State
Chad Bumphis, Mississippi State
Mark Harrison, Rutgers

Fifth through seventh round

Justin Brown, Oklahoma
Aaron Dobson, Marshall
T.J. Moe, Missouri
Corey Fuller, Virginia Tech
Marcus Davis, Virginia Tech
Alec Lemon, Syracuse
DeVonte Christopher, Utah
Ryan Swope, Texas A&M
Uzoma Nwachukwu, Texas A&M

Other needs: Nose tackle, cornerback depth

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