For the first time since 2008, the Ravens have a top 20 draft pick. Historically, the Ravens have made the most of these situations.
Round one: Mike Evans, wide receiver, Texas A&M
Historically, the Ravens have made the most of top 20 selections. Previous picks include Jonathan Ogden, Peter Boulware, Duane Starks, Chris McAlister, Jamal Lewis, Terrell Suggs, Haloti Ngata, and Joe Flacco.
This year, many are connecting the Ravens to Mike Evans. While Evans would be a great pick, I expect the Ravens to trade down. This would likely make up for the lost draft picks from the Eugene Monroe trade.
If the Ravens trade the pick they could still fit areas of need in the twenties. Tackles Taylor Lawan and Cyrus Kouandjio could be available. Wide receivers Marquis Lee and Kelvin Benjamin could also be available.
Round two: Travis Swanson, center, Arkansas
The Ravens biggest issue in 2013 was the interior offensive line, specifically, the center position. Second year center Gino Gradkowski did not perform to expectations but the Ravens like his potential.
The Ravens could also bring in a veteran like they did several years ago with Matt Birk but I think the Ravens want a long term solution and Swanson is the best center in the draft.
Round three: Ed Reynolds, safety, Stanford
One of the Ravens biggest tasks this offseason is finding an athletic safety to play with Matt Elam. Reynolds could be their guy in round three.
Should the Ravens sign a veteran, some options include Malcolm Jenkins and Stevie Brown. Brown would be the cheaper option seeing as he missed all of 2013 with a torn ACL.
If the Ravens select Reynolds, they will have that athletic safety to play with Matt Elam. Reynolds was among the nation's leaders in interceptions in 2012 with six.
In addition to his instincts, Reynolds is effective when covering tight ends, an area the Ravens struggled with in 2013. Reynolds held Austin Sufferian Jenkins to just two catches for two yards.
Round six: Gator Hoskins, tight end/fullback, Marshall
Both of the Ravens starting tight ends are free agents. Dennis Pitta should be one of the Ravens highest priorities while Ed Dickson will most likely be in a different uniform next season.
Either way, the Ravens need to find other options at tight end. Hoskins is a versatile player but is most effective as a receiving threat. Over the last two seasons, Hoskins has had ten or more touchdowns and has 28 touchdowns over his three year career at Marshall.
Hoskins may be a smaller target but would be a nice compliment to Dennis Pitta.