2014 NFL Mock Draft: Baltimore Ravens Select...

Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

The second half of our community mock begins with our delightful division rivals, represented by BTSC reader Steelers_Fan_to_the_Core.

Well, it's time for our hated division rivals, the Baltimore Ravens to make their choice in our BTSC community mock draft. The way things have gone so far must have them elated with the top-notch talent available at this spot.

After a disappointing season following their unlikely Super Bowl run, the Ravens find themselves looking to fill many holes on their roster. Their defense, while no longer one of the top units in the NFL, mostly played well enough to give them a chance to compete, finishing among the middle of the pack on most categories. Their offense, however, is a different story.

After lavishing the elite Joe Flacco with a $120 million contract, he responded with a career-high 22 INTs and finished 32nd in the league in Passer Rating, barely above such gunslingers as Geno Smith and Brandon Weeden.-Steelers_Fan_to_the_Core

After lavishing the elite Joe Flacco with a $120 million contract, he responded with a career-high 22 INTs and finished 32nd in the league in Passer Rating, barely above such gunslingers as Geno Smith and Brandon Weeden - what must be considered his worst season so far. Granted, he had to deal with the loss of the always reliable Anquan Boldin in a trade to the 49ers and his favorite TE Dennis Pitta being out most of the year with a hip injury.

The running game, traditionally their forte, was simply terrible last year - finishing 30th in the league while being dead last with a paltry average of 3.1 yards per carry. Ray Rice was a shell of his old self and, at 27, may be showing signs of a steep decline in production that often happens to running backs of his size and build.

However, the main culprit has to be the performance of their offensive line. Flacco was constantly harassed while being sacked a career high 48 times (second most in the league in 2013), and they struggled all year opening up running lanes for their backs. Gino Gradkowski hasn't cut it replacing Matt Birk and Kelechi Osemele hasn't been able to remain healthy. The Michael Oher feel good story ended up in disappointment, as he won't be back. The acquisition of Eugene Monroe helped some, and they should feel lucky that they were able to re-sign him during free agency.

The Ravens pick could go a number of ways. They could use some help at WR, but while Odell Beckham and Brandin Cooks are enticing choices, a receiver-rich draft class plus the free agent signing of Steve Smith from the Panthers probably means they'll wait until later on to address it. Also, acquiring Owen Daniels to pair him up with Pitta tells me Eric Ebron is not a likely option at this point either.

In reality, the Ravens are lucky and very happy to find that BPA matches their biggest need, so much to Mr MaLoR's satisfaction, as Baltimore runs to the podium with their choice.

With the 17th pick, the Baltimore Ravens select Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan.

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Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

There's really not much I can add that hasn't been already discussed recently about Lewan, but besides his off the field issues, he should be able to give a major boost to a unit that sorely needs it. And the Ravens (sigh) have to feel grateful that such a talent fell into their laps.

2014 NFL Draft Prospects


Team Player Pos School BTSC rep/link to pick
1 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/HOU.png Blake Bortles QB UCF SteelerWolf
2 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/STL.pngviahttp://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/WAS.png Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M Jack Finn
3 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/JAC.png Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville twault
4 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/CLE.png Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina Double-Eagle
5 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/OAK.png Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M diehardsteelerfan625
6 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/ATL.png Khalil Mack LB Buffalo Erik Stone
7 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/TB.png Sammy Watkins WR Clemson TheCommish
8 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/MIN.png C.J. Mosley LB Alabama VinnySteel
9 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/BUF.png Greg Robinson OT Auburn Sean Geddes
10 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/DET.png Anthony Barr OLB UCLA JDSpartan
11 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/TEN.png Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma St slatts17
12 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/NYG.png Mike Evans WR Texas A&M omara891
13 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/STL.png Ha Ha Clinton-Dix S Alabama Panther pride 76
14 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/CHI.png Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh Michael Uhlhorn
15 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/PIT.png Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan St (BTSC vote)
16 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/DAL.png Calvin Pryor S Louisville steeler fever
17 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/BAL.png Taylor Lewan OT Michigan Steelers_Fan_to_the_Core
18 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/NYJ.png


DropTheHammer
19 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/MIA.png


steeler_chris_5
20 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/ARI.png


Wichita SunSteeler
21 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/GB.png


(?)barnerburner(?)
22 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/PHI.png


c63tho
23 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/KC.png


WelcomeToReality
24 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/CIN.png


Steel Spike
25 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/SD.png


L-Ray
26 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/CLE.pngviahttp://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/IND.png


AMKrup
27 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/NO.png


Ike Evans
28 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/CAR.png


asmith87
29 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/NE.png


furthur56
30 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/SF.png


Collision Course
31 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/DEN.png


alexryan
32 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/SEA.png


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