The draft is officially over (although that doesn’t mean the Ravens are done adding talent), and now that the three days of madness in New York City have passed, we have a clearer look at the roster.
There are some who want to complain about who the Ravens did or didn’t get, and there are still some questions to be asked and unfilled holes. But when you hear Eric DeCosta say this draft ended up being all about “substance,” you can’t really argue with the results.
The Ravens went into the draft with eight selections, however they left the weekend with nine players. It seemed there was so much substance that the Ravens felt as though they had to sneak back in. We’ll talk about the trade and the player they acquired, but first, let’s start with the first round selection and move down the board from there.
I’ve split the post into pages separated by draft pick, so if you’re interested in a particular player, go to the corresponding page. Enjoy!
1st round, 17th overall: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
(6-foot-2, 234-pounds | 4.63 40-yard | 15 bench reps | 35″ vertical | 9’10” broad)
I wrote before about C.J. Mosley and what he brings to the Ravens. Whether or not the Ravens passed up on players that would have made me more excited is moot, because at the end of the day the Ravens selected players that were at the top of their board. Mosley would have been the best player available at tenth overall according to Ozzie Newsome, which means that he was a no-brainer at 17. What he provides is great stability in the middle of a defense. He thrives in pass coverage, and has absolutely no problem turning his hips and running upfield with a receiver. At the same time, he has proven that he uses his instincts well to diagnose the run plays and meet the runner. He is efficient in his reads and aggressive in pursuit, and he is especially good at finding a hole in the backside of the line. As I said before, the two things to look at with Mosley are these: on a lesser note, he needs to improve his diagnosis of running plays where the offense pulls the guard around, as Mosley can be slow to act. On a more serious note, he needs to stay healthy. After already going under the knife twice (most recently on his shoulder in 2013, another on his hip in 2012), he also dislocated his elbow in 2011. At only 234-pounds, Mosley has a lean frame that most suspect can (and will) add significant weight and strength. As a result, the hope is that the added bulk will lessen his risk of injury. He will have time to learn after the team re-signed Daryl Smith, and likely will battle Arthur Brown from the outset for the second ILB spot.