Heading into the 2014 season, the Ravens know that they will need to rely pretty heavily on their draftees from the past two years. Many of those drafted in high rounds will be expected to take over starting roles.
Taking a look at those draft classes, they are almost identical. If you break it down position-by-position, you will actually find that the Ravens draft classes from 2013 and 2014 are almost exactly the same.
Although the Ravens took a safety in the first round of the 2013 draft and a linebacker in the first round of the 2014 draft, they would draft both those positions just a little later. In the second round of the 2013 draft, the Ravens took middle linebacker Arthur Brown. They would then take middle linebacker C.J. Mosley in the first round of the 2014 draft.
In the first round of the 2013 draft, the Ravens took safety Matt Elam. In the third round of the 2014 draft, the Ravens also took a safety, by the name of Terrence Brooks. Seeing the similarities already? Well they don’t stop there.
In the third round of the 2013 draft the Ravens took defensive tackle Brandon Williams who played the same position as the player that they drafted in the second round (Timmy Jernigan) in 2014. In the fourth round of the 2013 draft, the Ravens took another defensive lineman, as they did in the fourth round of the 2014 draft. With their second fourth-round pick in 2013, they took a fullback. With their second fourth-round pick in 2014, they took a running back.
Are you seeing the trend? Because I know I am.
In the fifth round of the 2013 draft, the Ravens took offensive guard Ricky Wagner. In the fifth round of the 2014 draft, they took offensiive guard John Urschel. In the seventh round of both years, they took a wide receiver. Six out of their first seven picks in 2014 were the exact same position as their first six picks from 2013.
If you’re confused right now, don’t feel stupid because even I’m a little befuddled right now. To make it a little easier on you, here are the lists of the 2013 draft class and the 2014 draft class:
2013 Baltimore Ravens Draft Picks
|2||56||LB||Arthur Brown||Kansas St.|
|3||94||DT||Brandon Williams||Missouri Southern St.|
|4||129||DE||John Simon||Ohio State|
|6||200||DE||Kapron Lewis-Moore||Notre Dame|
|6||203||C||Ryan Jensen||Colorado State-Pueblo|