The Ravens have missed the playoffs three of the past four years, and fans can bet that the entire organization also shares that pain. Last year’s draft class was in many ways, a big hit. Similar to past years, Baltimore talked about their desire to land playmakers in the draft. In a pre draft press conference General Manager Ozzie Newsome, Assistant General Manager Eric DeCosta, Director of College Scouting Joe Hortiz, and coach John Harbaugh talked about what it takes to get over the hump and back into the postseason.
Newsome started off talking about who will be taken with the Raven’s first selection (16th overall) stating. “First of all, we are going to take the best player. Having two more sets of meetings to go through, the board is not really set completely. We are still dealing with our 30 visits; we have some guys here today. So, to answer your question, if the best player is an offensive player, then we will probably take him.” He then talked about the possibility of taking a wideout, which is one of the team’s biggest needs “Obviously, Mike Williams is a great player. We saw him this year – what he did at Clemson. He’s a guy that is probably going to go in that range, somewhere. I think John Ross from Washington is an explosive playmaker. He will be probably a consideration in that range, too.”
“If we feel like the best player at 16 is a wide receiver … we’ll turn that card in in a hurry.”
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) April 5, 2017
Harbaugh was asked about the moves the his team has made this offseason and if it made them better has made this team better. “Yes, I’m excited about where we’re going, for sure. it’s a process and we are in the middle of it right now. We came out of the gates quick, we were aggressive For every move we’ve made, we have probably had 40 potential moves we have talked about and scenarios we have gone through. We were just going over draft scenarios this morning. So, there’s a lot of work that goes into it, and I think there are many more moves to be made, So, I do think we’re on our way to being better, and I’m excited about where we’re going.”
Newsome also talked about the chances the team will sign another free agent before the draft, saying “We’re working. We’re working, and I could say there is a high probability of that, yes.”His comments came with veteran center Nick Mangold in town for a free-agent visit. The Ravens have a need at center after trading Jeremy Zuttah to the San Francisco 49ers, are looking at the seven-time Pro Bowl selection cut by the New York Jets.
The draft is rapidly approaching, only time will tell which direction Baltimore goes in the draft, especially with their first round pick.