Ravens draft review: 2013

Ravens draft review: 2013
April 28, 2014, 3:45 pm
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As the Ravens continue to prepare for the 2014 draft, we have been taking a look back to each of the Ravens draft classes of the previous seven years.

Every class has some hits and some misses and a few missed chances.

Today, we conclude with the class of 2013. (Links to the previous classes can be found via the draft class of 2012).

2013 Ravens draft class:

1st round -- Matt Elam, safety, Florida

2nd round -- Arthur Brown, linebacker, Kansas State

3rd round -- Brandon Williams, defensive tackle, Missouri Southern St.

4th round -- John Simon, linebacker, Ohio State

4th round -- Kyle Juszczyk, fullback, Harvard

5th round -- Rick Wagner, tackle, Wisconsin

6th round -- Kapron Lewis-Moore, defensive end, Notre Dame

6th round -- Ryan Jensen, center, Colorado State-Pueblo

7th round -- Aaron Mellette, wide receiver, Elon

7th round -- Marc Anthony, cornerback, California

With the departure of iconic defensive players Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, the Ravens worked to shore up the defense, grabbing a safety and linebacker with their first two picks. The Ravens made a deal with Seattle to move up six spots in the second round and grab Brown, who is expected to move into a starting role this season.

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Elam easily had the most playing time among this class as rookies last season, and all indications are he will be a major presence in the back end of the Ravens defense for years to come.

Just one year in, it's too early to gauge the overall success of this draft class, but with their rookie year behind them, many of these players should grow into larger roles in 2014.

Hit: The Ravens had 10 picks in the draft, but as with kicker Justin Tucker the year before, one of their best moves last year came after the draft. That's when the Ravens signed undrafted receiver Marlon Brown, whose stock had slipped because of a major knee injury as a senior at Georgia. Brown had a strong rookie season, with 49 catches for 524 yards and seven touchdowns, which tied Torrey Smith's franchise record for touchdowns by a rookie.

Miss: Time will tell whether a high-round draft pick failed to live up to that billing. It's rare that the Ravens cut draft picks, but they cut seventh-round pick Marc Anthony. With 10 picks and only 53 players on the final roster, there wasn't room for all.

The One That Got Away: It's far too early to tell. But one of the better late-round picks of the draft appears to be Rams running back Zac Stacy, who ran for 973 yards and seven touchdowns despite having just one carry in the first four weeks of his rookie season. Stacy was the 160th player taken, in the fifth round out of Vanderbilt.