A couple of weeks before the NFL Draft, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said that, "three years later we’ll make a determination how strong this draft is.” Still, draft pundits won't wait three years -- let alone three days or sometimes even three hours -- to assign grades for the draft.
Let's check in and see how some of the national media assessed the performance of Ozzie Newsome and Co. over the past few days:
Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated: A-minus
"From a strict talent-and-value perspective, the Ravens may have done as well as any other team in the draft. LB C.J. Mosley, if he’s healthy, could be a Defensive Player of the Year frontrunner; DT Timmy Jernigan had mid-Round 1 potential, only to fall to pick 48; safety Terrence Brooks may be an instant starter. Baltimore also landed some of the better role players available, like TE Crockett Gillmore and underrated QB Keith Wenning. The lone knock here comes from Baltimore’s inability to really address its offensive line."
Mel Kiper, ESPN: B
"The Ravens put together another solid draft, with one notable question. ... I didn't have linebacker as a big need, but the front office probably found it hard to pass on the best inside linebacker in the draft, and they pulled the trigger on C.J. Mosley.
The Ravens also got another potential immediate starter in the third round when they drafted Terrence Brooks. ... Getting Brooks where they did looks like a coup. ...
My question would be whether they got enough in the passing game. Crockett Gillmore is the hope there, a big target with a wide catch-radius who can stretch the seam. The addition of Steve Smith calms some worries about the weapons Joe Flacco has at his disposal, but Smith is 35 and they could be looking at wide receiver next year. Keith Wenning could be a solid backup relatively soon and is worth a late grab.
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports.com: B
"As they often do, the Ravens picked up a lot of quality players. I liked the second-round pick of defensive tackle Tim Jernigan and third-round tight end Crockett Gilmore."
Rob Rang, SportsXChange: B-plus
"Ozzie Newsome rarely has flashy drafts but when your roster is stacked that's going to happen. His 2014 class is another example of solid additions that restock the shelves at important positions. CJ Mosley offers the instincts, athleticism and physicality and instantly upgrades the defense. Defensive linemen Timmy Jernigan and Brent Urban are tough run-stuffers with upside and safety Terrence Brooks could be the centerfielder to complement last year's first round in-the-box hitter Matt Elam. I also like the upside of TE Crockett Gillmore and RB Lorenzo Taliaferro. Don't be surprised if WR Michael Campanaro makes this club as a slot receiver."