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Kiper Mock Draft 1.0: Ravens

1/15/2014

The Baltimore Ravens will know whether they're picking at No. 16 or No. 17 after a coin flip with the Dallas Cowboys next month. Fresh off a disappointing 8-8 season, the Ravens will look to improve the NFL's 29th-ranked offense with their first-round pick.

Wide receiver is a priority because the only proven one on the Ravens is Torrey Smith. Baltimore's second-leading receiver last year was undrafted rookie Marlon Brown, and the Ravens could lose Jacoby Jones in free agency.

Clemson's Sammy Watkins, the top-rated receiver of the draft, will be off the board by the time the Ravens pick. Potential wide receiver targets in the middle of the first round are USC's Marqise Lee, Texas A&M's Mike Evans and Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews.

The other major area of weakness is an offensive line that failed to open running lanes and protect quarterback Joe Flacco. The Ravens want to bulk up in the interior of the line, but it's unlikely they'll take a center or guard this high in the first round. With Eugene Monroe and Michael Oher both free agents, the Ravens could look at a tackle in the first round such as Auburn's Greg Robinson, Michigan's Taylor Lewan or Alabama's Cyrus Kouandjio.

Check out Mel Kiper’s Mock Draft 1.0 to see what players he thinks the Ravens should target with their first pick.