The Baltimore Ravens were not able to completely put it together last season. Ray Rice had a solid season but was not able to really explode like most predicted. Willis McGahee could be gone next season so hopefully that is good news for Rice and losing some goal-line touches. A young back-up running back would not be a bad idea to bring in as there is no real true back-up behind Rice if he is injured. The receiving core brought in a bunch of proven veterans but none of them were able to stretch the field which allowed defenses to crowd the line of scrimmage and play tight coverage on the receivers. Anquan Boldin is explosive in the passing game but is better suited for underneath routes.
The Ravens should target someone to stretch the field. Joe Flacco is still the future at the quarterback though I personally question some of his decision making with the talent on the team he could be a top 10 quarterback. GM Ozzie Newsome has done a great job adding pieces to this team including building a nice offensive line. I will breakdown the Baltimore Ravens 2011 NFL Draft in this fantasy recap.
Round 2 (58th Overall) – Torrey Smith – WR
Smith is the field stretcher that the Ravens really needed. Donte Stallworth was supposed to be that player last season when he returned from his suspension but did not have the impact expected. Smith has great speed but is still learning the natural things to be a great receiver. He should not be expected to run many underneath routes and will need to add some strength to deal with the press coverage. Smith will have some big games at times but owners will have to deal with inconsistent numbers.
Round 3 (85thOverall) – Tah Reid – OL
Reid is a massive tackle who needs some more seasoning. He is will likely be a right tackle but could play on the left side as well. Reid does a nice job of pass blocking but needs to work on staying lower so defenders are not able to get under him. He has stayed healthy and will work. Reid will be a solid back-up next season and with continued growth will be a starter.
Round 4 (123rdOverall) – Tandon Doss – WR
Doss is another nice play maker who adds some more talent to the receiver positions. He does a nice job on the underneath routes but can still stretch the field. Doss does not have the explosive speed of Smith but is more refined so depending on what veterans return he could be a sleeper. Doss could very well out perform Smith in his rookie season.
Round 6 (180thOverall) – Tyrod Taylor – QB
Taylor will be a developmental player to back-up Flacco. Taylor possesses a strong arm and some nice athletic ability. He improved every season and continues to work on his accuracy. Taylor got up to 60% completitions in his senior season. It is possible that he is moved to another position but I find him intriguing prospect at quarterback since I am not a Flacco believer.
Round 7 (225th Overall) – Anthony Allen –RB
Allen comes out of the triple-option offense at Georgia Tech so he has some learning to do. He does not have much experience in blocking or pass catching but does a nice job running inside. He could possibly steal some goal-line action if McGahee is gone due to his nice size and power. Allen does not have much big play ability.
The Baltimore Ravens did a nice job adding pieces to their offense. They picked up some play makers to help stretch the field in Smith and Doss which should open things up underneath for Boldin. The offensive line added a future starter in Reid once he learns better technique and Allen will add a big back option if McGahee is gone. I like the pick of Taylor if he continues to improve as he could be the starter in two years when they finally realize that Flacco is just a mediocre quarterback. If Flacco surprises me, Baltimore has the players to be a Top 5 offense. They need better chemistry as well with Flacco to Boldin to take it to the next level. The Baltimore Ravens will have their moments next season but I don’t see more than average offense at this point.
Grade = B+
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