The next big thing: Ravens

January, 22, 2014
Jan 22
12:00
PM ET
The Baltimore Ravens' three goals this offseason are to improve the offense, find an athletic safety, and -- did I mention? -- improve the offense.

The Ravens finished the 2013 season with the 29th-ranked offense in total yards (307.4) and the 25th-ranked one in scoring (20.0). It hardly resembled the offense that averaged over 400 yards and 30 points during their Super Bowl run a year earlier.

The priorities are upgrading at wide receiver, offensive tackle and center. If the Ravens want a sure-handed third-down receiver who can pick up yards after the catch, it will cost them in free agency to pick up someone like Denver's Eric Decker. Younger options are available in the draft with either Texas A&M's Mike Evans, USC's Marqise Lee and Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin.

At offensive tackle, both starters from last year's team are free agents. The Ravens are expected to retain left tackle Eugene Monroe and let Michael Oher look elsewhere. A right tackle -- like Michigan's Taylor Lewan or Alabama's Cyrus Kouandjio -- may be available in the middle of the first round for Baltimore.

Another position on the offensive line that needs changing is center. Gino Gradkowski proved he wasn't a starter at this level yet, and Ryan Jensen doesn't appear ready to take over the starting job immediately. With two young centers on the roster, it doesn't make sense to draft another one. If the Ravens look at free agency, there are seven starters who will be available. The Browns' Alex Mack is the best, but he'll also be the most expensive and presumably out of the team's price range.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.