Where does owner Steve Bisciotti still think the Ravens need to improve?
“I’d say right now, pass rusher and corner,” Bisciotti said during a Tuesday interview with CSN at the NFL owners meetings. “We need more numbers in that arena. You can find some good ones. We think we got a good one in (outside linebacker) Za’Darius (Smith) last year in the fourth round. We had a good one in (cornerback) Tray Walker, unfortunately, in the fourth round last year.
“We’ve got seven picks in those first four rounds. As an owner, I’ve kind of come to expect contributions from fourth-rounders or better, and don’t expect anything after it. The rest of it’s bonus. Then we get those (John) Urschels and Ricky Wagners (both offensive line fifth-round picks). To me that’s icing on the cake.”
It remains likely the Ravens will go defense with the sixth pick overall. There’s always a chance general manager Ozzie Newsome will decide to trade down, if he can acquire an additional pick or two. But the only offensive player I could see the Ravens taking at No. 6 is left tackle Ronnie Stanley of Notre Dame, and I don’t think he’s the Ravens’ first choice.
If Ohio St. defensive end Joey Bosa is still there at No. 6, I think the Ravens take him. If Bosa is gone, I think the choice is UCLA linebacker Myles Jack if he’s still on the board. My colleague, Ben Standig, has the Ravens taking Jack at No. 6 in his latest mock draft.
The Ravens have been aggressive in free agency, adding wide receiver Mike Wallace, tight end Ben Watson, and safety Eric Weddle. But can the Ravens’ defense get enough pressure on quarterbacks, especially with linebacker Terrell Suggs recovering from Achilles surgery? Is their pass defense solid enough for them to get off the field on third down consistently?
Those are questions the Ravens still must answer. But heading into the draft, Bisciotti sees the Ravens as a better team than the one that finished 5-11 last season.
“We could line up and play right now,” Bisciotti said. “I know we were a little more active than we have been in the past, but Ozzie has an expression – line up and play. It means right now, we’ve got a 53-man roster that we could go out and there and compete with. But we’re looking forward to the draft. We’re going to take advantage of this unfortunate but fortunate position that we’re in.”