Well, its over.
All the mock drafts, speculation and rumor are out the window now. The Ravens have been on the clock, theyve wheeled, dealed and made their picks, adding eight players for now, at least to their roster.
So how did they do? Well look at the various draft grades later (and contemplate the value of them at all), but for now, lets address what general manager Ozzie Newsome considered to be the teams biggest needs entering the offseason.
At the Ravens pre-draft news conference, Newsome was asked about the teams priorities heading into the draft.
We need to add some players on the offensive line, Newsome said. We can add another receiver. We still feel that we can add some depth at the pass-rush position or at SAM 'backer."
So did they address those needs?
Lets go through them one by one:
We need to add some players on the offensive line.
CHECK. The Ravens grabbed Iowa State lineman Kelechi Osemele with their second pick of the second round, and also picked up interior lineman Gino Gradkowski from Delaware in the fourth round. Osemele played left tackle with the Cyclones, but coach John Harbaugh said Osemele would also be a candidate at right tackle and left guard for the Ravens. Gradkowski , who spent two years at West Virginia before transferring to Delaware, can play both guard and center. The versatility of both players wasnt lost on Newsome.
Guys that have the flexibility on the offensive line are really, really valuable, he said.
We can add another receiver.
CHECK. Its unclear whether the Ravens narrowly lost out on other receivers Mohamed Sanu from Rutgers was taken by Cincinnati one pick before the Ravens picked in the third round but the Ravens did land Miami receiver Tommy Streeter in the sixth round. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound prospect from Miami had just six catches in his first two seasons at Miami but then had 46 catches for 811 yards last season.
Tommy was the best player on our board, director of player personnel Eric DeCastro said. If you have a chance to get a guy like that and you are in the right position in the draft, its probably a good thing, and he was the guy. We hadnt addressed the position. There were some other guys that we liked at the receiver position that got taken, and he was clearly the best guy at the time for us to take.
We still feel that we can add some depth at the pass-rush position or at SAM 'backer.
CHECK. The Ravens clearly did this when they picked Alabamas Courtney Upshaw in the second round. Upshaw, viewed by many to be a first-round talent, was still available to the Ravens after they traded out of the first round. This led ESPNs Jamison Hensley to call the Upshaw pick among the biggest steals of the draft.
For now, it appears tro be mission accomplished for the Ravens. Of course, the real answer won't be known until the games begin in September.