Evaluating The Baltimore Ravens' 2014 NFL Draft Picks

Posted on May 12, 2014 by Ken Zalis

Round One (pick 17 -- 17th overall)

C.J. Mosley (ILB, Alabama, 6-foot-2, 234 pounds)  

WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY: "He's such a solid football player. There are some concerns about his shoulder, but he was medically cleared by just about every team. He's a plug-and-play linebacker in a 3-4 defense. He pursues sideline to sideline. He improved on getting off blocks this year. This is a typical Baltimore Ravens solid football player; a solid pick." -- Mike Mayock

KZ SAYS: The Ravens stay true to their board and take a top 10 player at 17 … well done.

Round Two (pick 16 -- 48th overall)

Timmy Jernigan (NT, Florida State, 6-foot-2, 299 pounds)  

WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY: "The Ravens stay true to their board. His size is a three-technique, but he plays better as a nose tackle. The Ravens just got more stout inside." -- Mike Mayock

KZ SAYS: This is a first-round kid, who dropped because he may or may not have failed a drug test at the combine. Defensive lineman Haloti Ngata won't be a Raven forever, and Jernigan is a relentless football player and consistently around the ball. When you get first-round talent in a second-round pick, that is a good thing.

Round Three (pick 15 -- 79th overall)

Terrence Brooks (FS, Florida State, 5-foot-11, 198 pounds)

WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY: "Terrific pick right here. Brooks can run from the free safety position. He can blitz. He can play the center-field spot for you." -- Charles Davis

KZ SAYS: Brooks may be the Ravens' best value pick of the draft. Many scouting services rated him as a top five safety, and he will step right into the Ravens' starting lineup.

Round Three (pick 35 -- 99th overall)

Crockett Gillmore (TE, Colorado State, 6-foot-6, 260 pounds)

WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY: "One of the best two-way tight ends." -- Daniel Jeremiah

KZ SAYS: With Gary Kubiak joining the Ravens as offensive coordinator for 2014, they need tight ends. Gillmore provides the blocking tight end the Ravens needed.

Round Four (pick 34 -- 134th overall)

Brent Urban (DT, Virginia, 6-foot-7, 295 pounds)  

WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY: "With his frame and athletic upside, Urban is likely to earn comparisons to anyone from J.J. Watt to last year's wunderkind Margus Hunt. However, he's neither as dynamic as the 2012 Defensive MVP nor as raw as Cincinnati's rookie. Urban has good quickness, but it is his length and power that will earn him a starting projection from 3-4 and 4-3 teams, alike." -- Rob Rang 

KZ SAYS: Again, the Ravens went for a defensive lineman. Urban is an intriguing prospect whose draft stock was affected by late-season injuries. This could be a steal.

Round Four (pick 38 -- 138th overall)

Lorenzo Taliaferro (RB, Coastal Carolina, 6-foot, 229 pounds)    

WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY: Taliaferro had a 34-inch vertical jump and 10-foot broad jump at Coastal Carolina's pro day.

KZ SAYS: You knew the Ravens were going to draft a running back at some point. Taliaferro is a big back with excellent quickness.

Round Five (pick 35 -- 175th overall) 

John Urschel (OG, Penn State, 6-foot-3, 313 pounds)  

WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY: "[At Penn State's pro day], Urschel had a good positional workout, moving good in the on-field drills, showing strength and that he is a knee-bender." -- Gil Brandt

KZ SAYS: Urschel is a nice fifth-round player, and he could start soon. Could Kelechi Osemele be moved to right tackle?

Round Six (pick 18 -- 194th overall)

Keith Wenning, QB, Ball State, 6-foot-3, 218 pounds)    

WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY: "Wenning is probably the best quarterback prospect in this 2014 NFL Draft class that we haven't heard anything about." -- Gil Brandt

KZ SAYS: Wenning is one of my favorite quarterbacks in the draft that you didn't know about -- well, unless you listened to me for the last month. He has good size and has a chance to be the backup from day one.

Round Seven (pick three -- 218th overall) 

Mike Campanaro (WR, Wake Forest, 5-foot-9, 192 pounds)  

WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY: "A nice slot receiver. The one thing you always hear about slot receivers is that they run routes well. Well, he needs to learn to run routes better." -- Charles Davis

KZ SAYS: Campanaro was listed in college as 5-foot-11, but measured at 5-foot-9 after the combine, which hurt his stock. He could bring a dimension to the Ravens that they have been missing for years.

Signed Undrafted Free Agents

James Hurst and Sammy Seamster highlight this group. Hurst would have been a fourth-round pick if he hadn't broken his leg during his last regular-season game. Seamster is a 6-foot-1 cornerback from Middle Tennessee State who runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.45-second range. Here are the 17 undrafted free agents the Ravens have signed as of May 12.

• Xavius Boyd, LB, Western Kentucky

• Levi Brown, DT, Temple

• Jeremy Butler, WR, Tennessee-Martin

• Jace Davis, WR, Northern Colorado

• Parker Graham, OL, Oklahoma State

• Derrick Hopkins, DT, Virginia Tech

• James Hurst, OT, North Carolina

• Tramain Jacobs, CB, Texas A&M

• Richie Leone, P, Houston

• Jamie Meder, DT, Ashland

• Dexter Moody, S, Albany State

• Deji Olatoye, CB, North Carolina A&T

• Zachary Orr, LB, North Texas

• A.J. Pataiali'i, DT, Utah State

• Avery Patterson, CB, Oregon

• Sammy Seamster, CB, Middle Tennessee State

• Brett Van Sloten, OL, Iowa

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