- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here's a look at who benefited and who did not from what the Baltimore Ravens did in the 2015 NFL draft:
RB Justin Forsett: His grip on the starting job got stronger after the Ravens waited until the fifth round to select a running back. There would've been more immediate competition for the featured back role if Baltimore had come away with Melvin Gordon (first round), T.J. Yeldon (second round), Ameer Abdullah or Tevin Coleman (third round).
CBs Lardarius Webb, Asa Jackson and Rashaan Melvin: The Ravens were looking to bring in someone they could immediately plug in as a top-three cornerback, but the draft board didn't fall their way. Baltimore selected developmental cornerback Tray Walker in the fourth round, which means Webb remains the starter and Jackson and Melvin are the front-runners for the nickelback job. It would be a different story if Kevin Johnson or Marcus Peters had slipped to the Ravens in the first round.
QB Joe Flacco: The Ravens didn't just give their strong-armed quarterback one deep threat. Baltimore added three targets who can stretch the field. Three draft picks -- Breshad Perriman (20.9), Maxx Williams (15.8) and Darren Waller (15.8) -- all averaged over 15 yards per catch last season. This should fill that vertical void left by the departures of Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones.
WR Marlon Brown: After the Ravens didn't replace Torrey Smith in free agency, it looked as though Brown was going to regain his starting job. But the Ravens used the No. 26 overall pick on Perriman, and eight of the Ravens' past nine first-round picks have become starters as rookies.
Return game: Coach John Harbaugh wouldn't commit to a returner on his roster during the NFL owners meetings in late March, and assistant general manager Eric DeCosta said the Ravens wanted to find a returner in this year's draft. But Baltimore didn't use any of its nine picks on a prospect with any return experience. After cutting Jacoby Jones in the offseason, Jackson and Michael Campanaro remain the leading candidates to return kicks.
TE Phillip Supernaw: The Ravens were expected to take a tight end at some point in the draft. It was the drafting of two tight ends that really put Supernaw on the bubble. The Ravens could keep a fourth tight end to go along with Williams, Crockett Gillmore and Nick Boyle. But there would be no spot available if Dennis Pitta decides to return.
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