2014 NFL Mock Draft Countdown: Baltimore Ravens, No. 17

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2014 NFL Mock Draft Countdown: Baltimore Ravens, No. 17

January 1,2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive linesman Taylor Lewan (77) blocks South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Chaz Sutton (90) during the second half of the 2013 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. South Carolina Gamecocks defeated the Michigan Wolverines 33-28. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Joshua Huffman:

The Ravens need more protection for Joe Flacco. This pick comes down to Taylor Lewan (the more true tackle prospect), Zack Martin (the more versatile option with fewer character concerns) or even Greg Robinson if he falls past Buffalo (No. 9).

I keep flip-flopping on whether Atlanta would take Jake Matthews or Anthony Barr. If Falcons take Matthews, then Bills take Robinson. That would leave Baltimore with Lewan or Martin. I could see them going with either one but I’ll lean toward Lewan. If Ravens past on Lewan, he isn’t a fit for Miami’s locker room at No. 19. There’s a chance he could fall to the Carolina Panthers (No. 28). Carolina’s offensive tackle need is even bigger than at wide receiver.

Stoney Keeley:

If not for some character concerns, Lewan might be a top-10 pick. Alas, fighting in bars doesn’t typically help draft stock, so he slides to No. 17. Lucky Baltimore. Some teams have graded Lewan as a better project at right tackle than on the left side, which is the scenario he’d fit into here.

Eugene Monroe was re-signed, but the oft-unreliable Michael Oher still leaves a major hole to fill. Kyle Fuller could be in play here, but the Ravens won’t be able to pass up such a blue-chip prospect. 

Scotty Bakalian:

Baltimore has put together a pretty solid roster. They could stay at No. 17 and be comfortable with selecting the best player available. In this scenario, the Ravens pick OT Taylor Lewan and stop his slide down the draft board. After the departure of OT Michael Oher, Lewan comes in to upgrade the right tackle position. Baltimore had trouble running the ball last season, so Lewan will be relied upon to help strengthen that area.

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