Zack Martin, T, Notre Dame (1)
The Ravens had one of the NFL’s worst ground games and also had issues protecting $100-million quarterback Joe Flacco. Enter OT Zach Martin. Martin is one of the top rated tackles in the draft and he could slide nicely into the RT spot left open after OT Michael Oher was signed by the Tennessee Titans this offseason. Martin would apply better pass protection for Flacco and could hopefully open up some more holes for whoever is playing running back for the Ravens, considering the situation RB Ray Rice is in right now.
Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M (1)
Don’t think for a second that the Ravens’ signing of Steve Smith precludes them from drafting a wide receiver with their first-round pick. Smith is older and will likely play more of a rotational role than an every-down kind of player. The 2012 Super Bowl champions missed their possession receiver last year when Anquan Boldin was traded to the San Francisco 49ers for a sixth-round draft pick. He was somewhat slow, but he was a big body with good hands.
Welcome to Baltimore, Mike Evans. He is a big body that has terrific hands. He and Johnny Football were a great pair for Texas A&M, and now it’s time for him to gain some chemistry with the big-armed Joe Flacco. Mike Evans can step in and begin to learn the vacated “Boldin role”.