Their trade for Eugene Monroe has left the Baltimore Ravens is a rare predicament with the 2014 NFL mock draft. How will they handle it?
Round 1 – Mike Evans – WR – Texas A&M
With only four picks to work with, Ozzie Newsome must make sure to make them count. The offense is certain to get first crack unless a defensive star falls to them. In this case they stick to the game plan by finding Joe Flacco a bigger receiver to compliment Torrey Smith. Mike Evans is still very young and not quite polished but his size, explosion and strength make him an ideal target when needing a tough catch.
Round 2 – Jack Mewhort – OT – Ohio State
The Ravens are eager to get back to their roots of balanced offense, which requires more from the ground game. Improving the offensive line could greatly help that endeavor. With Michael Oher becoming a free agent the right tackle spot could be open. Jack Mewhort is not the most athletically gifted player but his size, strength and quickness make him a stout run blocker as he proved constantly at OhioState.
Round 3 – Jeremiah Attaochu – OLB – Georgia Tech
Every team loves to have that fire plug that gets after it every play. Jermiah Attaochu brings all of that from Georgia Tech. He is intense almost to a fault, but his athletic capability and speed make him a productive player that can either rush the passer or track down ball carriers across the field. His biggest problems are correctable with the right coaching, mostly centered around discipline.
Round 6 – Ricardo Allen – CB – Purdue
The whole en vogue idea of bigger defensive backs can make it easy to miss how much the shorter ones can do. A perfect example is Ricardo Allen. Despite standing only 5’9″, the Purdue corner plays (and talks) like he’s 6’2″. Indeed the young man is very aggressive, confident and well-versed in the footwork and technique of the position. He’s also developed a nose for the ball, often able to take it away and then deliver long returns, sometimes for a touchdown. The Baltimore Ravens couldn’t hate that.