OWINGS MILLS, Md.- Just when everyone thought the Baltimore Ravens were finished in the 2014 NFL Draft, they pulled off a last minute trade. In a rare swap of a future pick for Ozzie Newsome, the Ravens gave up a 2015 sixth round selection for the 218th pick. That selection turned into Wake Forest wide receiver and River Hill High School alum, Michael Campanaro.
The organization essentially avoided the receiver position the entire draft, in one of the deepest classes in the position’s history. But with selecting Campanaro, the team believes they have found a slot receiver in the same mold of Wes Welker or Danny Amendola. He is slight in stature, but understands underneath routes and controls the middle of the field.
Yet again the team is banking on improvement from current players on the roster to step up and fill important roles in the passing game. But if the team gets any production from the likes of Campanaro and last year’s seventh round pick Aaron Mellette, the position is instantly deeper than originally anticipated. After ignoring the offensive side of the ball for the first three rounds, the Ravens finished by selecting four straight offensive players.