In honor of there being no snowfall in the last 10 minutes, we present the latest CSNbaltimore 2014 mock draft. Click on through to see how the first two rounds unfold at this point in the process, but first...
* The final portion of my Q&A with Rotoworld's Evan Silva touched on the draft both overall and specifically with Baltimore. Previously we discussed moves in free agency plus NFL and fantasy forecasts for Steve Smith and Ray Rice.
CSN: The Ravens have the 17th and 48th selections. In various early mocks I’ve had them taking guys like WR Marqise Lee, OT Zach Martin, S Calvin Pryor and ILB Chris Borland. Based on specific team needs, the overall draft board plus player talent, which of these would be the best fit for Baltimore? By all means, add your players to the wish list.
Silva: I haven't really delved into mock drafts aside from putting one out myself before free agency. So I don't have a strong opinion on whom the Ravens should draft where. I think they need to upgrade on Rick Wagner at right tackle. Their defensive line could afford more talented youth. Despite selecting Matt Elam with last year's 32nd overall pick, I don't think Newsome would shy from using another high choice at safety. I think they'll wait for the middle rounds to pursue wide receivers. And I'm still keeping my eye on sophomores Marlon Brown and Aaron Mellette.
* CSN: Even though the Ravens are not in the market for a starting quarterback, so much attention is geared around the top three prospects, Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater and of course, Johnny Manziel. How do you rank them and if Johnny Football isn’t first, why do you hate Johnny Football?
Silva: I rank them Teddy Bridgewater > Johnny Manziel > Blake Bortles. I hate Johnny Manziel because I'm jealous of him.
* CSN: Most overrated player currently mocked by many into the first round? Most underrated prospect?
Silva: I've focused on watching offensive skill position players to this point, so that's the area in which I can have strong opinions. I couldn't in good faith sit here and tell you some guard from Wyoming is being "mocked" too high. The player I believe is most overrated in the draft community is Washington running back Bishop Sankey. He had great Combine numbers, but they don't translate to the field. I think the most underrated prospect is Towson running back Terrance West. West is built like a MACK truck with low-4.5 long speed and a jaw-dropping open-field jump cut. I think West has a chance to be the best running back to emerge from this draft class.