Don't ask why this was on my mind, but I started thinking about previous drafts. Everyone was complaining or saying or we don't help the offensive side of the ball, even though that's not true. Added Steve Smith, who I'll admit is a stopgap, Daniels, and traded for Zuttah. Last year was bad luck, injuries, people underperforming and unfortunately promoting Juan. Some people were upset about the fact the offense wasn't addressed in the draft, but I doubt those same people were complaining in previous drafts about the lack of talent being addressed on defense in previous drafts.
After looking at one of the LFW article it stated that C.J was slated to be the first rookie starter since Ngata in 06. Started thinking about the next drafts and realized in the very next draft, do you know what was done with the 2 of the first 3 picks? O line(Grubbs and Yanda). You know what the other pick was? WR(Figurs). This got me thinking, lets take a further look.
2008 we all know who the first 2 picks were, making 2 of 4 first picks on offense.
2009 our first pick was Oher and the next 3 on defense. In the teams defense, I think this was a terrible draft in general.
2010 2 of our 1st four picks were on offense, and I believe it would've been 3 if not for the Cowboys drafting Dez right before us.
2011 the first pick was Jimmy, Torrey in the second, Jah Reid in the 3rd and Tandon in the 4th.
2012 3 of the first 4 picks went to offense, KO, Pierce and Gino.
The past 2 drafts obviously have been defense heavy, but it's not as if they don't put in work on the offense. Something I would also like to mention is that if you go through it, we get more production out of most of the late or early defensive picks than we do the Tandon Doss' or Tommy Streeters.
At this point we have a kind of stability on offense and need to do the same with our defense with all the turnover it's had. I think next year you see more a of a balanced approach to how the Ravens draft.
I'd also like to add that with the "success" we have at drafting the skill position, I'd rather the approach Ozzie uses which is trading for players, or picking up FA's who he thinks will blend in well with the unit ala Jacoby, Boldin, Mason or now Steve Smith(please say the SR).
Edited by redrum52, 27 August 2014 - 07:12 AM.