Monday, January 6, 2014
Baltimore Ravens' potential draft targets
By Jamison Hensley
The most-asked question I have received since the Baltimore Ravens' season ended is: Who are the Ravens drafting in May?
Kevin Weidl, one of the draft experts at ESPN.com, has a few names for you. His breakdown of all of the draft needs for AFC North teams is an Insider post, which means you'll need a subscription to read the entire piece.
But here are some potential draft targets mentioned by Weidl (along with comment from me):
OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan: He isn't at the same level of former Michigan tackle Jake Long, but his size, athleticism and mentality makes him a first-round pick.
OT Zack Martin, Notre Dame: He possesses great strength but his lack of ideal length could make him better suited for guard.
OT Morgan Moses, Virginia: He's a superb pass-protector who allowed two sacks in 506 pass attempts.
G David Yankey, Stanford: His athleticism and footwork allows him to pull and open up holes in the running game.
Eric Ebron, North Carolina: He led all ACC tight ends in catches and built a reputation for making impressive catches on the outside and down the seam.
Jace Amaro, Texas Tech: The 6-foot-5, 260-pound target set the FBS record with 1,352 receiving yards, the most ever for a tight end.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington: A former college basketball player, he won the John Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end this season.
C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa: A solid three-year starter who has reliable hands and is a fine route-runner.
Mike Evans, Texas A&M: A mismatch nightmare at 6-5, 225 pounds, he posted personal highs in receiving yards (1,394) and receiving touchdowns (12).
Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State: Raw and athletic, he caught everyone's attention by heading into the BCS National Championship Game with nine touchdowns in his past five games.
Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt: Other than his strength and ability, what stands out is he became the SEC all-time leading receiver without consistent quarterbacking in his career.
Brandin Cooks, Oregon State: A smaller playmaker (5-10), he broke Pac-12 records with 128 receptions for 1,730 yards this season.
Jarvis Landry, LSU: He recorded 15 touchdown catches and had six games with at least 100 yards receiving over the last two seasons.