Posted April 18, 2014

Baltimore Ravens Mock Draft Tracker

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Baltimore Ravens 2014 NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Marqise Lee, USC

Marqise Lee, USC (John W. McDonough/SI)

What will the Baltimore Ravens do in the 2014 NFL draft? Keep track of all the predictions made in our mock drafts leading up to Round 1 on May 8.

April 17, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 7.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 17: Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois

We said: The Northern Illinois product may not have much of a shot to go any higher than this, but he’s hardly a mistake by Baltimore at 17. At just 5-foot-11, Ward would give the Ravens two safeties on the smaller side (Matt Elam is 5-10). His rangy game also would pair perfectly with Elam, who would be freer to drop down into the box.

April 10, 2014  2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 17: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

We said: The Ravens are having the kind of strong offseason you’d expect them to assemble after getting the smelling salts treatment under their noses: coming off a playoff-less season for the first time since the close of the Brian Billick coaching era in 2007. And having Clinton-Dix, the top-rated safety, waiting for them at 17 makes this one of the easier draft debates conducted in the Ravens’ war room.

April 1, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 17: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

We said: The signing of Steve Smith reduces a need Baltimore has had for a long time, though Smith might be best at slot duty at this point in his career. What we do know is that the team wants to move 2013 first-rounder Matt Elam to strong safety, leaving it in the lurch when it comes to deep coverage. Pryor, who I actually like a bit better than Clinton-Dix, is physical in the run game and can handle everything from slot duty to center field. He’s not quite as fast as Earl Thomas, but he plays with a similar disregard for his own body — and the bodies of his opponents.

March 25, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 6.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 17: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

We said: Lewan’s lingering legal woes are worrisome, but you can bet that NFL teams ran the gamut with him on that topic during the combine and will do so again during individual meetings. Assuming all checks out adequately, there is top-10 talent here. It also may do Lewan some good to land somewhere with a strong locker room situation like Baltimore, and this is hardly a team that turns its back on players with a little edge.

March 18, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 17: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

We said: With Steve Smith signed and Jacoby Jones and Dennis Pitta re-signed, Baltimore’s passing game needs have been addressed to a large extent. That allows the Ravens the luxury of taking their pick among the draft’s two best safety prospects, Pryor or Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Pryor plays the more physical game and also has that Ed Reed-like quality of always being able to find the football. Even with the selection of safety Matt Elam in the first round last year, Pryor gives Baltimore a potential impact player in the defensive backfield, and helps offset the expected subtraction of free-agent safety James Ihedigbo.

March 5, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 17: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

We said: Clearly the Ravens need help in their receiver corps. But one hidden part of their disappointing finish in 2013 was the fact that the Ravens line allowed 48 sacks. With tackles Eugene Monroe and Michael Oher potentially on the open market, things could get worse before they get better, which is why it shouldn’t be a big surprise if Ozzie Newsome dropped the hammer on a pick such as Lewan. Lewan will occasionally go over the line and grab penalties as a result, but Lewan is athletic and powerful enough to ease Joe Flacco’s mind regarding who’s charging from his blind side.

Feb. 26, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 5.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 17: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

We said: In the same vein as Gilbert, Lewan’s combine effort could make it tough to let him linger on the board this long. As mentioned above, however, a few players are bound to tumble. Assuming the Ravens can retain either Eugene Monroe or Michael Oher (preferably the former), drafting Lewan would lock up their tackle spots.

Oh, and that nasty streak Lewan has been criticized for in the past? Seems to fit the Ravens’ mold, no?

Round 2, pick 48: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State

We said: With Lewan and now Adams, the Ravens offense would upgrade substantially over the course of two picks.

Feb. 19, 2014  – 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 17: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

We said: Come May, once his game gets completely dissected in the long slog that is the draft scouting season, it might be laughable to think that the draft’s best tight end was ever going to last all the way to the Ravens at No. 17. But Ebron is exactly the type of downfield target Baltimore needs, with Dennis Pitta headed for free agency unless he’s franchised, and neither Ed Dickson (also set for free agency) nor veteran Dallas Clark capable of handling the starting tight end role. USC receiver Marqise Lee is the other obvious available first-round upgrade for the Ravens passing game, and you can’t rule out the selection of an offensive tackle, such as Alabama’s Cyrus Kouandjio, with both Michael Oher and Eugene Monroe eligible for free agency.

Feb. 6, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 16: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

We said: Baltimore’s offense fell off a cliff in 2013, and while the run game was the major issue, nobody with a brain is ready to give up on Ray Rice. Instead, the Ravens should be looking at better targets for Joe Flacco, who desperately missed Anquan Boldin last season. Evans has the size at 6-5 and 225 pounds to deal with aggressive defensive backs, but he can also get free in a straight line — something he showed over and over when he was on the receiving end of footballs from Johnny Manziel. Given Flacco’s natural feel for the deep ball, Evans would have Rookie of the Year potential in this offense.

Jan. 9, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 4.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 16: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

We said: The Ravens cannot go through another season with their receiving corps in the shape it was in for 2013. Nabbing a potential game-breaker in the middle of Round 1 would do wonders for Joe Flacco, the run game and the offense as a whole. Lee bounced back from an injury-plagued season to star in USC’s bowl win. He has home-run potential whenever he catches the football, plus advanced capabilities as a route-runner.

Dec. 5, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.1 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 18: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

We said: Tuitt has taken heat for a somewhat disappointing 2013. His talent and ability to play in a number of different looks up front will win out in the end. Arthur Jones is headed toward a hefty free-agent contract while Chris Canty is due a roster bonus in March. Nabbing Tuitt would allow the Ravens to move on from one or the other without losing sleep.

Sept. 24, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Chris Burke) 

Round 1, pick 20: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

We said: The Ravens are learning each and every week how much the loss of Dennis Pitta hurts their offense. Ed Dickson has not been much help in the passing attack, and Dallas Clark is clearly on his last legs. Put Seferian-Jenkins on the field with Pitta in 2014, and the Ravens will have their own version of the Gronkowski-Hernandez duo.

April 30, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 23: Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers

We said: Coleman emerged in 2012 with 43 catches and 10 touchdowns. A strong follow-up season for the developing 6-6 receiver would put Coleman on a lot of radars.