The Ravens are the number 14 pick in the NFL Draft. Here are five possible targets. – Wed News

The Ravens’ season ended short of the playoffs on Sunday. Now his top pick in April’s NFL draft could be as soon as it has been in years.

Afterwards 16-13 overtime loss to Pittsburgh SteelersThe Ravens have number 14 overall, their best draft slot ever since they took Ronnie Stanley to number 6 overall in 2016. According to ESPN, the Ravens entered Sunday with only 8% odds of landing the No. 14 pick, the highest in their range of possibilities; They were the strong favorites (57%) to finish with No. 18 overall.

With compensatory draft selections not yet awarded, the Ravens have Seven selections entering the predraft process, No. 14, No. 45 (2nd round), No. 76 (3rd round), three fourth round picks and sixth round picks. They are due in a third-round compensatory hiring former Houston Texans assistant David Cooley and two mid-round picks for the off-season departures of pass rushers Yannick Ngakou and Matthew Judon.

But the Ravens’ selection scrutiny this spring will not be like their first rounder. Last year, general manager Eric DeCosta took on wide receiver Rashod Bateman and outside linebacker Odafe Owe for 27 and 31 totals respectively. Here are five players who can be targets at No. 14 in case of need:

Mississippi State Offensive Tackle Charles Cross: After allowing six sacks and 33 quick runs as a redshirt freshman last season, the 6-foot-5, 310-pound cross allowed only two and 14 respectively in 2021, According to Pro Football Focus, As an athlete, he is strong, lean and explosive. As a competitor, he plays with brute-force physicality in both pass protection and run blocker. Cross played left tackle in college, but he is likely enough to project as a right tackle. Given Ronnie Stanley’s injury history, this would be an asset to the Ravens.

Texas A&M offensive lineman Kenyon Green: The 6-4, 325-pound junior has had his start since he was a true freshman. Equally impressive, he has started everywhere but centered along the offensive line. The versatile Green, an impressive run blocker, projects into the next level as a guard and may be the Ravens’ answer on the left guard. But he has shown his ability widely, starting with a left tackle in the Eggies’ upset win over Alabama. Green dropped a sack and seven haste this season, according to the PFF, after allowing last season without a sack and five quarterbacks.

Georgia defensive lineman Jordan Davis: The 6-6,340-pound senior is hard to miss. Davis has been an unstoppable run defender for Georgia’s top-order defense this season, and was awarded the Chuck Bednarik Award given to the game’s best defensive player last month. On the Ravens defense committed to stopping the run, he would be a natural successor to Brandon Williams. However, Davis’ pass-rush ability is limited. He has three sacks in 14 games this season, but just 15 quarterbacks as starters last more than three years.

Texas A&M Defensive End Demervin Leal: The 6-4, 290-pound junior finished the season with 58 tackles, most of which were Southeastern Conference linemen, for 12½ losses and 8½ sacks, all career highs. A three-year starter with impressive speed and power, the Lil has disruptive potential in the form of edge and interior appearance. Aggies coach Jimbo Fischer has praised him for setting the culture of the program, but Lil was reportedly arrested last month and allegation of possessing ganja,

Cincinnati cornerback Ahmed Gardner: “Sauce,” as he is known, did not receive a single touchdown over his college career. The 6-3, 200-pound Gardner allowed a passer rating of 26.1 in coverage as a junior this season, his third consecutive year of under 40.0. His impressive physicality and athleticism would fit neatly into the Ravens’ man-to-man-heavy coverage plans. Even with Marlon Humphrey signed long term, the defense needs to solidify on the cornerback. Marcus Peters is recovering from a torn ACL, and Jimmy Smith and Anthony Everett may have played their last game in Baltimore.

With 14 teams in the lead after the season, here’s how the top of the draft order shakes up:

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  2. Detroit Lions
  3. Houston Texans
  4. New York Jets
  5. New York Giants
  6. Carolina Panthers
  7. New York Giants (via Chicago Bears)
  8. Atlanta Falcons
  9. Denver Broncos
  10. New York Jets (via Seattle Seahawks)
  11. Washington football team
  12. Minnesota Vikings
  13. Cleveland Browns
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  15. Philadelphia Eagles (via Miami Dolphins)
  16. Eagles (via Indianapolis Colts)
  17. Los Angeles Chargers
  18. New Orleans Saints