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May 11, 2014

Ravens take Urban, then get offensive in draft

Baltimore takes running back, guard, receiver, QB with last four picks

OWINGS MILLS — On the third day of the NFL draft, Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome finally gave offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak some ammunition for the 2014 season.
Newsome started Saturday’s session by taking Virginia defensive end Brent Urban in the fourth round. At the point, four of Baltimore’s first five picks were designed to improve a defense that ranked 12th in the NFL last year.
Newsome balanced the ledger by picking four straight offensive players to close out his 19th draft with Baltimore. He selected Coastal Carolina running back Lorenzo Taliaferro with the team’s second compensatory pick in the fourth round, then picked Penn State guard John Urschel in the fifth round before snagging Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning in the sixth round.
That was supposed to be the end of the draft for the Ravens, who went 8-8 last year. But Newsome traded Baltimore’s sixth-round pick in 2015 to get Cleveland’s seventh-round selection and took wide receiver Michael Campanaro, who played high school ball in Maryland before starring at Wake Forest.
Final tally for the 2014 Ravens draft: Five offensive players, four defensive players.
“It just worked itself out that way,” Newsome said. “We did not go in today saying we were just going to draft offensive players. We were going to try to take the best players that were available, and they just happened to be offensive players.”
The early picks, of course, have a far better chance of making an impact. This draft will be judged heavily on the contributions of Baltimore’s first three choices (in order): Linebacker C.J. Mosley of Alabama; nose guard Timmy Jernigan of Florida State and strong safety Terrence Brooks, also from FSU.
Going into Saturday’s session, the hope was that the Ravens could find a few players who would prove to be helpful to Kubiak, who took the offensive reigns during the offseason.

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