Ravens Top Draft Needs

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Adam Carroll, Staff

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This year’s offseason has left the Baltimore Ravens at the crossroads. Despite winning the AFC North title and making the playoffs for the first time in four years last year, the Ravens are poised to be a significantly different team this upcoming year. 

They have either traded away or let go many of their key players, namely trading long-time quarterback Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos and losing linebackers CJ Mosley and Terrell Suggs to the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals respectively.  

The Ravens have made some splashes in free agency to meet their needs. For example, they signed former Seattle Seahawks safety, Earl Thomas to a four-year $55 million contract in order to replace Eric Weddle, who signed with the Los Angeles Rams. They also signed former Saints running back Mark Ingram to a three-year $15 million contract to help with the run game 

While these were good moves to help alleviate some of their losses, the Ravens still have a lot of holes to fill in this upcoming draft. Here are some of the positions they need to focus on. 

WIDE RECEIVER 

Over the years, the Ravens have had problems at this position. They haven’t had any long-term solutions at this position and drafting one can help provide that long-term solution. During this offseason, they lost both John Brown and Michael Crabtree to free agency, and the only proven wide receiver is Willie Snead. It’s also essential to get one so new quarterback Lamar Jackson has good teammates to work with. If Jackson wants to be successful, he needs to improve his passing game and cut down on how often he runs the ball. 

LINEBACKER 

The Ravens have suffered tremendous losses at this position. As previously mentioned, middle linebacker and four-time Pro Bowler CJ Mosley signed with the Jets. Also, outside linebacker Terrell Suggs signed with his hometown Arizona Cardinals after 16 years with the team, a huge loss in leadership and experience. Outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith followed suit by signing with the Green Bay Packers. If the Ravens want to stay among the top defenses, it’s important to draft a new generation of linebackers who can take the baton from the likes of Suggs and Ray Lewis. 

OFFENSIVE LINE 

The offensive line is another aspect of the team that has left a lot to be desired. The two best linemen include veteran Marshal Yanda, who is pushing his mid 30s and Ronnie Stanley, who was the 6th overall pick of the 2016 draft. While he’s been one of the bright spots on the offensive line, he has been injured and has missed a few games over the past couple years. Yanda also sat out most of the 2017 season after an ankle injury early in the season. Should anything happen to either of these players, having good linemen to back them up will be crucial to help buy time to throw the ball and allow the run game to move along smoothly.