In the opinion of most, including myself, the Ravens had an excellent draft. However, here are five questions left unanswered for them
1. Is cornerback depth still an issue?
The Ravens only took one corner, fourth-rounder Tray Walker from Texas Southern. Unless Walker develops quickly, the Ravens could still be in trouble at corner if starters Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb don’t stay healthy.
2. Do the Ravens’ draft moves mean they don’t expect Dennis Pitta to return?
Jumping to that conclusion isn’t difficult. The Ravens drafted two tight ends – Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle, after drafting Crockett Gillmore last season. Everyone wishes Pitta the best, as he tries to recover from his second major hip injury. However, it’s clear the Ravens are not counting on a Pitta comeback, as they await his decision sometime before training camp.
3. Can the Ravens still get enough pressure on opposing quarterbacks?
Fourth-round pick Za’Darius Smith had 10½ sacks over his final two seasons at Kentucky. However, it’s asking a lot for Smith to be as good last season as Pernell McPhee, who had 7½ sacks before leaving in free agency for the Bears. If Smith is not an impact rookie, Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs are going to need help from others to make the pass rush as good as last season’s
4. How does new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman plan to use the playmakers?
Drafting six offensive players, including Williams and wide receiver Breshad Perriman, gave Trestman reason to smile. Trestman ran an impressive offense when he was the Bears’ head coach. He got prolific production from wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, running back Matt Forte, and tight end Martellus Bennett, despite Jay Cutler’s inconsistency at quarterback. We will get a better idea of what Trestman has planned once training camp and the preseason are underway. However, quarterback Joe Flacco and Trestman certainly have more to work with than they did last week.
5. Did the Ravens gain ground in the AFC North?
The Steelers and Bengals also had strong drafts on paper. Who’s the favorite to win the division after the draft? You could make a solid argument for the Ravens, Steelers or Bengals. Looks like another wild season in the AFC North.
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