Even though Mother Nature can't figure which season we're in, nothing says spring like the latest CSNbaltimore 2014 mock draft. Here's how we see the first two rounds at this point, but first...
* Consider version 6.0 as something of an experiment, one involving the slide of the quarterbacks. Arguably four of the teams with a top-5 pick should be thinking about adding a new signal caller. That is why previous versions have some combination of Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater flying off the board.
So what happens if they don't? At best, the collective interest from teams appears to be lukewarm or all are really going hard with their poker faces. Based on pure talent, others like defensive end Jadaveon Clowney and wide receiver Sammy Watkins trump the passers.
Therefore, with this mock I purposely played out a scenario where only one QB goes among the top five picks. After that, Minnesota (8) and Tennessee (11) could be in the market. From there, who knows how far any of the top three would fall. We're not projecting trades, here, but those teams that rolled the draft selection dice and waited probably would jump into the back half of the first round to get their guy or risk a snake eyes when others make a bold move.
(Um, Ben, what does any of this have to do with the Ravens in the first or second round? It's not as if they're taking a QB, right. Right?!?!)
No worries, though don't be surprised if Baltimore targets a backup QB in the later rounds. However, the overall board takes a turn because of those earlier changes. That doesn't mean bad news for the Ravens, but different players than the previous mock at 17 and 48.
Regardless of the new scenario, the Ravens still need help at strong safety, inside linebacker, offensive tackle, defensive end and corner. Considering the success on draft day with Ozzie Newsome running the show, expect two of those needs to be filled and nicely at that.