Four players the Ravens could target with the 17th overall pick
We are finally here, ladies and gentlemen!
Thursday, May 8th has been a date written into our calendars since the Super Bowl in February. The NFL Draft is finally here. Not even free agency equaled the hype of the Draft, no one does mock free agency drafts because teams operate a different way in free agency.
Take the Ravens for example, the Ravens rarely make huge splashes in free agency so there’s no point in trying to predict which big name they will go after (although they did pick up Steve Smith, but no one really saw him being cut by the Panthers so th
at hardly counts).
Drafts are different however, The draft allows teams to replace older talent with fresh ones. The Ravens have the 17th overall pick in the draft this year after finishing a disappointing 8-8 and missing the playoffs.
Who could the Ravens select with the 17th overall pick? Here are five names.
Zack Martin, RG/RT Notre Dame
With left tackle Eugene Monroe (who was squired via trade from the Jaguars during the 2013 season) re-signed to a long term contract, the question mark now switches to the right hand side of the offensive line. The Ravens selected Michael Oher in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Don’t kid yourself, Oher isn’t the same player as he’s portrayed to be in the hit movie ‘The Blind Side’. Oher disappointed and was not re-signed and it’s time for the Ravens to find a more reliable partner for All Pro right guard Marshall Yanda.
That man could be Zack Martin of Notre Dame. Martin is seen as the best right tackle in the draft and can also play right guard which is a bonus.
Calvin Pryor, S Louisville
In 2013, the Ravens took Matt Elam out of Florida in the first round. However, they still need another starting safety to play opposite Elam. Could the highly rated Pryor be that pick? It’s a possibility. But would it make sense to take two players in the same position in back-to back years?
Pryor is seen as the second best safety in the draft, but the best strong safety. He’d be a great pick up for the Ravens if they decide to go the safety route again.
Jordan Matthews, WR Vanderbilt
With the signing of Steve Smith in free agency, wide receiver isn’t seen as a huge need. But a big receiver is something the Ravens can do with. Steve Smith is 5-11 and Torrey Smith is 6-0m and while this isn’t a bad thing, adding 6-3 Matthews could add a different dimension to the Ravens offense.
Matthews is one of the least talked about receivers in the draft. Which is unfair since Matthews is one of the better receivers in the draft class.
Eric Ebron, TE North Carolina
I don’t think there is anything wrong with loading up the offense with receiving weapons for quarterback Joe Facco to throw to. While the Ravens already have tight end Dennis Pitta under contract for the next few years and adding someone like Eric Ebron who many see as the next Tony Gonzalez could help the Ravens immensely.
It’s not a ‘need’ pick but you don’t draft for need all the time, at least Ozzie Newsome doesn’t appear to. The Ravens always seem to be in a great position to select a player without needing to reach.