The Baltimore Ravens have seven picks in the NFL Draft, including No. 16 in the first round April 27 in Philadelphia.
General manager Ozzie Newsome is never afraid to make changes, and that's the case again this year as the Ravens were relatively quiet in free agency, while watching as 12 players departed.
Newsome is confident in the team's draft approach, and will be seeking to make an impact during the three days of the draft. That comes after several trades that led to nose tackle Timmy Jernigan heading to the Eagles and center/guard Jeremy Zuttah to the 49ers.
Most important defensively were the additions of cornerback Brandon Carr and safety Tony Jefferson, and the re-signing of safety Lardarius Webb, who had been released in early March.
Here is a look at the Ravens' five-year draft record with roster tallies reflecting totals as of the end of the 2016 season. Below that are key personnel moves made this year and the team's current needs heading into this draft and our projection for all their 2017 picks.
FIVE-YEAR DRAFT BREAKDOWN
. . . . . . . . . . . . . .2012 . .2013 . .2014 . .2015 . .2016
TOTAL PICKS . . . 8 . . . . . .10 . . . . .9 . . . . 9 . . . .11
STARTERS . . . . . 0 . . . . . .3 . . . . .3 . . . . .0 . . . .3
BACKUPS . . . . . .0 . . . . . .3 . . . . .5 . . . . .8 . . . .8
OTHER TEAMS . . .4 . . . . .3 . . . . .1 . . . . . . 1 . . .0
OUT OF LEAGUE . .4 . . . . .1 . . . . .0 . . . . .0 . . .0
Top three draft needs:
1. Wide receiver: The Ravens lost a pair of sure-handed receivers when Steve Smith Sr. retired and Kamar Aiken signed with the Indianapolis Colts. Baltimore was not able to fill that void in free agency, so the team needs to find a playmaker in this year's draft. The 2017 class has several talented receivers that could wind up on the Ravens' roster.
2. Outside linebacker: The Ravens cut ties with Elvis Dumervil following the season and they need to find a replacement in the draft. Several linebackers drafted over the past few years have not shown they can be an effective pass rusher and the heir to Terrell Suggs, who is age 34. It would not be a stretch for Baltimore to take a linebacker with the 16th overall pick.
3. Right tackle: The loss of Rick Wagner to the Detroit Lions created a hole in the offensive line. Wagner was durable and effective during his three seasons in Baltimore. The Ravens could move second-year player Alex Lewis to that spot, but it appears more likely he will remain at guard. This means the Ravens will look to fill that spot in the draft, possibly as high as the first or second round.
1/16: John Ross, WR, Washington (5-11, 188, 4.22)
2/47: Carl Lawson, DE/OLB, Auburn (6-2, 261, 4.67)
3/78: Jermaine Eluemunor, G/T, Texas A&M (6-4, 332, 5.17)
3/*99: Corn Elder, CB, Miami (Fla.) (5-10, 183, 4.46)
4/123: Carlos Watkins, DT, Clemson (6-3, 309, 5.01)
5/159: Dylan Cole, LB, Missouri State (6-0, 233, 4.52)
6/186: Lorenzo Jerome, S, Saint Francis (Pa.) (5-11, 204, 4.62)
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--Frank Cooney and TSX NFL team insiders contributed to this analysis.