Don't get me wrong fellas, some of the new guys are going to help but lets not avoid the elephant in the room here. Age. We have suddenly gotten pretty old. We are not deep in youth on the D-line front and we have other things to address in the draft. Brandon Williams remains a question mark as does KLM ( hasnt played a snap) Canty was so-so last year and is older, Ngata was terrible despite the optimisim of him going back to 2010 ngata at this time last year. Suggs is def on the tail end of his career and dumervil isnt a spring chicken.
We have 2 Tight ends of immense football IQ but Pitta is coming off an injury and is already 29. Daniels is 32.
Steve Smith was one of the best if not the best at a certain point in time but he is 35. Torrey is a solid number 2. Do we Draft here as we have no one to really BUILD around as far as the recvieng core goes as of right now
Our O line has 1 improvement and he is hardly a top 10 Center.
We have no FS to speak of too.
Here is my point. Is our FO trying to be too clever for its own good with past their prime players coming in giving us the NAME factor over the ability factor?
Honestly its the team that makes flacco and not the other way round. So with that being said, I must be honest here.
We lack talent and our best players on this roster are either at the tail end of their primes or past it.
We should have tried for BYRD. His deal with the saints was a good one and perhaps with such a loaded WR draft we could have done without steve smith.
My problem with the ravens is we dont have players who are among the best in the league right NOW. We have a bunch of has beens who we hope can cumilativly make us better.
With that we need more than what the draft can offer us.
We need a FS DE RT RB OLB TE WR
We seem to be counting on our older receiving core to carry us this year so I feel we must draft FS DE and RT. It's a shame because I would love ODB here and he will def be available to us I feel at 17.
Sometimes its good to get 1-2 very good FA's in their primes rather then a bunch of older players to fill in positions.
There is a lot here and a lot I disagree with. FAs are overrated. One of the huge reason teams like the Patriots or Ravens are so successful is the development of in-house talent. No reason to sink a huge pay check into a veteran from another team when you can get similar players in house. I get you like Byrd but just look at his paycheck. No way Ozzie gives that to him. Don't forget comp picks as well.
To clarify our draft needs are: Starting FS. Then Depth at DE, RT, RB, OLB, TE, and WR. No reason why we can't do that with 8 draft selections.
How do we have an older receiving core? We have an extremely young receiving core. Besides Steve Smith (a potential future HOFer), Torrey isn't even played out his rookie contract, Marlon and Mellette are entering there soph season, Jacoby is younger than 30. Sure Pitta and Daniels are older, but Pitta was turning into a Pro Bowl TE before his injury and Daniels already was one as recent as 2012 (and he was on pace for over 800 yds and 10 tds before his injury last year).
We do have options at FS. Stewart could play for a little bit, Omar Brown, Jeromy Miles. no great options, but options.
Of course the team makes Flacco. No QB can succeed on a team devoid of talent. Its a TEAM sport not an individual one. Even Brady and Peyton need great teams around them to succeed. Big Ben didn't win the steeler his first super bowl, in fact, he didn't even pass for over 200 yds or for a TD in against the Seahawks.
Ngata was injury plagued, not terrible last year. Ngata is an amazing player went on the field, but injured a lot.
Flacco, Monroe, Jacoby at KR/PR, Jimmy Smith, Webb, Tucker ,and Yanda are top of the league player right now at there position.
Don't mistake Steve Smith deal for a huge commitment. It is mostly liekly a one to two year deal as a stop gate between now and when we can get another younger guy playing #1/#2 next to Torrey.
We roll by BPA for draft, I think ODB is still one of our top choices at 17. ANd we really don't need a DE early. We got a great player in Deangelo Tyson, and two great older guys in Canty and Ngata. They will start with KLM and Brandon Williams getting in via rotational. Cody for backup. More than good d-line.
I think Wagner will be better than any rookie at RT except for Robinson, Matthews, Lewan, Moses, and maybe Juwan James. I think Wagner will start so OT depth is more important than a starting RT.
The point of getting older players isn't for name recognition. Its for value. Steve Smith has a hell of a lot cheaper than Emmanuel Sanders or Eric Decker and will probably put up similar numbers. Daniels should do very well as well. And don't forget, getting Monroe is HUGE for the Ravens, he's a top 10 LT in his prime.
I know its seems that we didn't make the splash some would have liked us to make, but good team shouldn't need a great FA. They should live off of in house talent. The Raider got by far the most guys in FA, but I guarantee they stay in the basement of the AFC West. The Right Player for the Right Price is Ozzie's Motto and it works almost perfectly.
Edited by ravensnick, 24 April 2014 - 10:45 AM.