The Ravens should expect to land at least three eventual starters in this year’s draft, according to NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah. As a former scout with the Ravens, Jeremiah is familiar with general manager Ozzie Newsome’s approach to the draft. The Ravens have eight picks overall, including four in the top 99. The Ravens also had four top 100 picks in 2012 when they drafted linebacker Courtney Upshaw (No. 35), guard Kelechi Osemele (60th), running back Bernard Pierce (84th), and center Gino Gradkowski (98th).
“When I was in Baltimore with Ozzie Newsome, we always tried to come out of every draft if we could with three starters,” Jeremiah said during a recent conference call. “If three years down the line three of the players we picked in that draft were solid starters we weren’t looking to replace, we viewed that as a successful draft. If you go year after year and do that, you can sustain excellence as a football team.”
Right tackle and free safety are the Ravens’ two biggest needs heading into this draft, but inside linebacker, running back, defensive line, and cornerback are other positions they will look at closely. Having four picks within the top 100 gives the Ravens ammunition to have one of their better drafts in recent years.