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Ravens Rookie RB Taliaferro excited to complement team’s backfield unit

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Ravens Rookie RB Taliaferro excited to complement team’s backfield unit

Posted on 13 May 2014 by WNST Audio

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NFL.com’s Rosenthal thinks LB Mosley is plug and play starter

Posted on 13 May 2014 by WNST Audio

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Prediction Machine’s Richner believes TE Gillmore might be best pick for Ravens

Posted on 13 May 2014 by WNST Audio

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Ravens Rookie S Brooks wants to make own legacy with organization

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Ravens Rookie S Brooks wants to make own legacy with organization

Posted on 13 May 2014 by WNST Audio

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Colorado State HC McElwain thinks Raven Gillmore is rare natural TE in NFL

Posted on 12 May 2014 by WNST Audio

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Ravens’ picks aren’t sexy, but they’re steady

Posted on 12 May 2014 by Tony Wisniewski

It’s hard to be excited about another linebacker, more defensive lineman, and several blocking role-players on offense.

Then again, success isn’t always sexy.

Take the Dallas Cowboys for example—or the Oakland Raiders.  Sexy picks, potential “impact players,” and year-after-year, both franchises routinely sit on the couch in January.

A quick Google search of the term “Ravens 2014 Draft” will feature attempts subjecting the Ravens’ draft to a standard system of gradation.

It’s nonsense.

Grading the NFL Draft is as effective as drinking perfume because it smells like it would taste great.  It’s irrelevant in the grand scheme of things.

Back in 1996, the Ravens received Cs and Ds for passing up Lawrence Phillips and opting for Johnathan Ogden.  The team was ridiculed for blowing its second first-round pick in that same draft on a linebacker who was deemed too small to be an impact player.

Looking back, nearly two decades later, it’s safe to say that both of those players turned out pretty well, alas voiding the premature  “expert grades.”

Earlier today, on The Happy Hours, Nestor talked at-length about this very topic.  Perhaps the most important point he made was that of drafting Joe Flacco.  Like he mentioned, when you land a Super Bowl, All-Pro-caliber quarterback in the first round, as a team, you’ve had a pretty good decade.

When you look for comparisons, since the Ravens drafted Joe Flacco in the first round of 2008, teams like the Browns have landed multiple quarterbacks to try and fill the void left by striking out on Brady Quinn in the first round, just one year prior to Flacco’s class.

Now, if you want to hammer teams like the Browns off-the-bat, it’s probably within the realm of possibility that you’ll turn out to be right—but that doesn’t mean you’re a NFL Draft expert—it means you’re smart enough to look at the writing on the wall.

The same can be said for Jacksonville, who reached up to grab quarterback Blake Bortles with the third overall selection.  I’ve seen the Jaguars subjected from Fs to As, based on whether or not pundits and pinheads believe Bortles is the next Big Ben, or another abysmal signal caller cut from the same cloth as Blaine Gabbert.

Looking back at the Ravens drafts over the last 10 years, it’s safe to say that there hasn’t been a year full of total misses.  Even the 2010 draft, as disappointing as it turned out to be, still landed Art Jones—who recently signed a Pro-Bowl caliber contract in Indy, and Dennis Pitta, an integral part of the Ravens’ Super Bowl run in 2012.

Perhaps the idea should be to grade teams in five year blocks.  It seems a lot more realistic and accurate.

Over the last five years, present draft excluded, the Ravens have landed arguably 13 starting-caliber players.  13 starters in five years isn’t a bad number—as it pans out to drafting two potential starters per draft.  Realistically any front office would take that in a heartbeat.

This year’s draft is really more of the same.  Quality talent with potential to play significant roles.  And, like I mentioned at the top, there’s nothing sexy about role-players.

Arguably, success and sexy might be mutually exclusive—and if that’s the case, I’ll take success every time.

If drafting more role-players and making boring, un-sexy picks is what it takes to continue to compete with the elite teams in the league, that’s perfectly OK.

Even though many fans might be jazzed up over their team’s sexy picks in May, it’s much more fun to be excited and jazzed up in January.

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Ravens.com’s Eisenberg says LB Mosley was top 10 player on team draft board

Posted on 12 May 2014 by WNST Audio

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Ravens add undrafted free agents, invite others to rookie minicamp

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Ravens add undrafted free agents, invite others to rookie minicamp

Posted on 12 May 2014 by WNST Staff

The Ravens completed their 2014 draft on Saturday, and moved to the next stage of the rookie talent management process Saturday night into Sunday, as the team signed and invited several NFL rookies to their Owings Mills facility to participate in their rookie minicamp.

Below is a list of players signed to rookie free agent deals, reported by the Baltimore Sun.

James Hurst, OT-UNC

Hurst, a 6’5, 295 OT, was coming off a broken leg suffered in the Belk Bowl at the end of December, was projected to be a top-to-mid-round pick before the injury. Missed both the Senior Bowl and the Combine due to the rehab from his injury.

Sammy Seamster, CB-Middle Tennessee St

Seamster had several visits in the NFL draft process, and the former track star runs a 4.44 40-yard dash.

Xavius Boyd, LB-Western Kentucky

The Ravens have had some success finding players from Western Kentucky-most notably RB Bobby Rainey-in the rookie free agent process. They hope that lighting strikes twice with Xavius Boyd, the reigning Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year who had over 100 tackles and 8.5 sacks in 2013.

A.J. Pataiali’i, DT-Utah State

Standing at 6’3, 307, this nose guard out of the Mountain West could continue to be another lineman the Ravens try and develop and stash on the practice squad.

Terrance Bullitt, LB-Texas Tech

 

Jace Davis, WR-Northern Colorado

Finished with 673 yards and five touchdowns for the Bears in his senior year.

Richie Leone, P-Houston

A Ray Guy Award semifinalist who excels at getting punts inside the 20-yard line. Averaged 43.1 yards a punt.

Parker Graham, OT-Oklahoma State

Played both left tackle and right guard for the Cowboys this season. Named both AP and Coaches Big-12. Stands at 6’7 315.

Brett Van Sloten, OT-Iowa

A right tackle for the Hawkeyes that only allowed 15 QB sacks in 2013.

Derrick Hopkins, DT-Virginia Tech

6’0, 311-lb defensive lineman played considerable action over his four years in Blacksburg (started 40 games). Finished 2013 with 54 tackles and five sacks.

Jake Sinkovec, Boston College H-Back

A solid blocker, played eight games at fullback for Boston College in 2013.

Jamie Meder, DT-Ashland (Ohio)

Played well enough for the NFLPA game to get a look…

Jeremy Butler, WR-Tennessee-Martin

Zach Orr, LB-North Texas

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Former Towson Star To The Dawg Pound

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Former Towson Star To The Dawg Pound

Posted on 11 May 2014 by Brandon Sacks

Former Towson star running back Terrance West entered into the 2014 NFL Draft unsure of his future.  West, the second runner up for the Walter Payton FCS Player of the Year, was a predicted third round pick entering the draft.  Toward the end of day two, the draft entered into the 90th overall pick and some wondered if West would be taken in the round at all.

Needless to say, these skeptics were wrong.  Just as the prediction said, West was taken in the third round.  The Cleveland Browns traded up in the draft to choose him with the 94th overall pick in the draft, just five picks before the Ravens were set to choose.

West put up video game numbers on the year, amassing 2509 yards and 41 rushing touchdowns, including a 354 yard, five touchdown performance against Eastern Illinois.  This Eastern Illinois team was led by starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who was taken 32 picks before West at 62nd overall.

West, a product of Northwestern High School in Baltimore City, played just three seasons as a Tiger.  In his three years, he put up 4584 yards and scored 84 touchdowns, both of which are school records.  He is joining a Browns team that went 4-12 last year and is looking to improve in the division.

Good luck to you, T West, in your NFL career.  We will be rooting for you 14 times a year.

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Ravens make surprise splash by trading future pick to select Wake Forest WR Campanaro

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Ravens make surprise splash by trading future pick to select Wake Forest WR Campanaro

Posted on 10 May 2014 by Brett Dickinson

Michael CampanaroOWINGS 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.

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