Baltimore Ravens fans are relatively pleased with the job that general manager Ozzie Newsome did at the NFL draft earlier this month. He always tends to find a potential Hall of Famers in the draft and his track record proves it with selections like Ray Lewis, Jonathon Ogden, Ed Reed just to name a few in the Baltimore Ravens history of draft selections.
The Ravens first-round draft pick was linebacker C. J. Mosley from Alabama, who just signed his rookie contract with the Ravens on Tuesday finalizing a four-year deal with the inside linebacker worth $8.787 million on Tuesday. Has great potential to start right away and from his first few practices him picking up the NFL game fast and trying to become an instant leader in the huddle. Basically the sky is the limit for Mosley.
He will have his hands full though filling a position left by Ray Lewis and that will not be an easy task. Going to Alabama and being battle tested playing in the SEC he is used to winning and look for him to bring that winning attitude to the ravens. The NFL and its fans will still need to see him in actual NFL games before everyone can make their final judgments on him. Especially since Alabama defensive players have not panned out the way most expect them after a great college career.
Moving to the second-round pick the Ravens pick a defensive tackle, Timmy Jernigan, out of Florida State. Another solid selection with instant starting potential with the loss of Arthur Jones to the Colts in free agency. With the Seminoles Jernigan has quiet an impressive resume in the national championship game vs. Auburn, he had nine tackles including one for a loss and his performance in the ACC championship game vs. Duke with a career high 10 tackles. Big players are at their best win the lights shine the brightest and his two best games came when it mattered the most. He will be an excellent fit alongside Haloti Nagta on the defensive line.
Sticking with the Seminoles the Ravens next selection was safety Terrance Brooks. He will a nice addition to the secondary specifically in playing together with Matt Elam at safety. He was a key member of the Florida State, defense that had the nations top pass defense in the 2013 season. He had a career high with 8 tackles for a loss in 2013 and that was second most by a defensive back in the ACC. Look for him to also be an instant starter as the ravens are lacking a true strong safety on the roster.
Crocket Gillmore tight end from Colorado State wasn’t the most solid pick. The Benefit is here he will not have to come in and have an instant impact he will have time to learn and grow into his position. Certainly with Dennis Pita healthy and Ravens also signing Owen Daniels from Houston through free agency who happens to already know the playbook of our new offensive coordinator. He started off his college career as a defensive tackle before changing to tight end before his sophomore season. He still managed to finish first team all American for the All Mountain West conference in 2011 and again in 2013.
Baltimore’s remaining draft picks are toss ups and as in every late rounder it will be a surprise if of any make much noise in the NFL.
The shocker and disappointment of the rookie class came when the Ravens selected running back Lorenzo Taliaferro out of Coastal Carolina, was arrested in Virginia for destruction of property a being drunk in public over memorial weekend, this certainly raises character questions and certainly didn’t help his cause.
The Ravens must be at their limit with Taliaferro making it four players arrested in the off season on the roster. This incident was, following running back Ray Rice (felony aggravated assault), wide receiver Deonte Thompson (felony possession of marijuana) and offensive lineman Jah Reid (misdemeanor battery.). Rice was accepted into a pretrial diversion program. Thompson had his case dismissed. Reid's case is pending.