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.
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
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.