The 2011 Baltimore Ravens have a number of definite needs. They need a new quarterback but lack the talent. A few players might be able to step up and make the Ravens great. Quarterbacks have to be capable of running the ball on the outside. In addition to a quarterback, the Ravens need a wide receiver. While they have a few options at the wide receiver position, they haven’t drafted a RB.
Although the Ravens are short at cornerback, their draft class includes several highly-rated players. Starting cornerback Chris Carr is back on the team for a fourth season, and Lardarius Webb could compete for the other starting spot. Jimmy Smith, a highly-talented rookie, is also available. Also, the Ravens signed Jameel McClain, who is an excellent linebacker but was hampered by injury in training camp.
The Ravens have a long history of finding top players in the NFL Draft. The Ravens have been successful in drafting top talent late in the first round, with cornerback Jimmy Smith going first overall in 2011. They also draft a few players in the second and third rounds. These picks don’t reflect the Ravens’ draft class but they have managed to find key players late in the first round.
As the season nears, the Baltimore Ravens are hoping that their picks at the top of the draft can help them land the next great quarterback. In the 2011 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens have three picks in the top twenty-five and have three picks. This could be a very lucrative move. The Ravens will be adding a number high-quality players to their roster, and their picks will help the team reach its goals.
The 2011 Baltimore Ravens draft had some fantastic picks over the years. The team’s first-round pick in 2001 was a star. After a decade as the franchise quarterback, Flacco was finally traded to the Los Angeles Rams. Despite a lack of a trade value, the Ravens still picked up a high-quality player in the draft and it paid off. If the Ravens had traded down, Jimmy Smith would have been a top-10 pick.
Another notable player from this draft class is Marshal Yanda, who spent thirteen seasons in Baltimore and became one of the league’s best guards. Initially a third-round pick, he made his way onto the offensive line quickly. He became the most productive team blocking guard. He earned eight Pro Bowl selections and was a two-time first-team all-pro. His future is paved with accolades.
The Ravens were running out of time in the 2011 NFL Draft. However, they didn’t take the top pick. Instead, the team traded into the second and third rounds and picked Kevin Williams, the ninth overall selection. It seemed like a great way for the Ravens to improve their draft position. There were some issues with the team in the pre-draft process, but they didn’t impact Smith’s selection.