This is definitely one of the biggest needs for the Ravens heading into the draft. Their secondary as a whole was an enoumous liability in 2014 after Jimmy Smith went down, and it wound up leading to their playoff demise against the New England Patriots in the divisional round. This is a deep cornerback draft. Guys like Washington's Marcus Peters, Michigan State's Trae Wayne, and Florida State's P.J. Williams are talented prospects who are first- or early second-round targets. The Ravens' first pick is 26th overall, and their second pick is 58th overall. Maybe one of those names will fall to them, maybe not. Connecticut's Byron Jones, Miami (OH) Quinten Rollins or Florida State's Ronald Darby might be more realistic options.
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This applies to both tight ends and wide receivers, as both positions need depth. At WR the Ravens have 15-year veteran Steve Smith surrounded by young or unknown names in the receiving corps. Prospects like Central Florida's Breshad Perryman, Auburn's Sammie Coates, Kansas State's Tyler Lockett or USC's Nelson Agholor are all potential targets for the Ravens. With Owen Daniels now in Denver, the tight end corps is shallow. Prospects at that position like Miami's Clive Walford, Ohio State's Jeff Heuerman, Rutgers' Tyler Croft or Penn State's Jesse James may be available late for Baltimore. This is the Ravens' biggest offensive need, as they're very deep elsewhere on offense, even at QB where they recently grabbed solid veteran Matt Schuab to back up Joe Flacco.
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The Ravens have seen the front end of their 3-4 defensive front erode. Haloti Ngata was traded to the Detroit Lions for fourth- and fifth-round picks back on March 10. And while the team will save money by trading him, he is a future Hall of Fame DT and was consistent in both production and health, having never played fewer than 12 games in his nine-year stint with the Ravens. They did re-sign veteran DE Chris Canty, but the rest of the defensive line is shallow. It's a good draft for DEs and DTs. UCLA's Owamagabe Odighizuwa or Arkansas' Trey Flowers at DE, and DTs like Clemson's Grady Jarrett or even Ohio State's Michael Bennett could all be in range for the Ravens.
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Safety as a whole is a big-time need, and unfortunately this is a weak safety draft. Even the projected top safety, Landon Collins out of Alabama, has had mixed reviews from several NFL scouts. Besides Collins and top free safety prospect Cody Prewitt from Ole Miss, here are some other names at either safety position that the Ravens could target: Syracuse's Durrell Eskridge, Fresno State's Derron Smith, Louisville's Gerod Holliman, Northwestern's Ibraheim Campbell, Central Florida's Clayton Geathers or even Oregon's Erick Dargan (a late-round projection).
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While the Ravens do have Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil, they lost a big-time player in Pernell McPhee to the Chicago Bears and could use some depth in this area. Prospects like Virginia's Eli Harold, Washington's Shaq Thompson or Clemson's Vic Beasley may be gone by the time the Ravens start picking, even in the first round. LSU's Kwon Alexander, Washington's Hau'oli Kikaha or Texas' Jordan Hicks could be more realistic targets for Baltimore.