Now that we've had a few days to process the Ravens draft class, I thought it would be fun to make some predictions for how they fare and maybe dig it up at the end of the season.
We tend to ease our rookies in more than most, and we haven't addressed too many immediate needs this time (it's an underrated needs-based draft, but I think Ozzie had an eye on the future). So with that in mind, here are my picks for the 2014-15 season:
CJ Mosley. Doesn't beat out Arthur Brown for the starting ILB role and spends most of his rookie season on special teams (first bold prediction I guess). Gets a good chunk of snaps as a rotational guy and in our 4-3 packages. I'll give him an interception and two sacks.
Timmy Jernigan. Very much a futures pick imo. Pending injury, he makes his money this season as a solid rotational guy whose best work is allowing Haloti to look better. Maybe 10-15 tackles for loss and a couple of sacks.
Terrence Brooks. Starts off as a ST guy, but wins the starting FS spot by week eight. Doesn't get more than two or three interceptions, but makes his money as a fast closer on the ball that prevents big plays (or at least prevents plays from getting bigger) and tips a few passes. And as I've said elsewhere, allows Elam to break out.
Crockett Gillmore. This guy's hard to get a read on because there's so little tape out there. I think he starts off as a STer (especially as a blocker for the punt and kick teams) and spends a fair bit of time on the bench. When he gets used, I think he proves a solid receiver who grabs 150 yards and a touchdown or two.
Brent Urban. Gets next to no time on the field in his rookie year. I like his potential, but I think we have to wait to see what he does for us.
Lorenzo Taliaferro. God knows what this guy does for us. It all depends on Rice's suspension status and Pierce's injury status. I think he cements himself as our RB3 (over Forsett. Brave call I know). Assuming Rice is out for three or four weeks, I'll be happy enough with 400 rushing yards, 100 passing yards and three TDs.
John Urschel. Bold prediction time. I think he stuns everyone by lighting it up in the preseason and the camps and wins the starting LG role, pushing KO to starting RT.
Keith Wenning. I like his potential as a game-managing backup QB, but he spends the season at #3 on the QB chart. Hopefully we don't get to see what he can do for a while yet.
Michael Campanaro. Makes the squad, and sees most of his time spelling Jacoby as a punt returner. Thankfully we don't have to use Lardarius Webb as a punt returner anymore. He works his way into the WR rotation as a younger Stokley and grabs about 100 yards, a decent amount of which for first downs.
James Hurst. Makes the 53-man squad and provides solid cover.
All in all, a solid if unspectacular year from this year's rookie class that still leaves a lot to be excited about going forwards. I'll give Urschel our OROY (Crockett if my bold prediction doesn't happen) and Brooks our DROY.
Thoughts? What are your own picks?