The 2013 NFL Draft has come and gone, and now it’s time for some reflection. While some teams traded around to get who they want, others stood pat to see who would slide to them — and if there’s one thing to remember about this draft it’s players that slid around the rounds. But now that the draft is behind us, the all important grading phase has begun, so lets take a look at how the Baltimore Ravens did in this year’s NFL Draft.
- Matt Elam, safety, Florida — Round 1 (32)
- Arthur Brown, linebacker, Kansas State — Round 2 (56)
- Brandon Williams, defensive line, Missouri Southern St. — Round 3 (94)
- John Simon, defensive end, Ohio State — Round 4 (129)
- Kyle Jusczyk, fullback Harvard — Round 4 (130)
- Ricky Wagner, offensive tackle, Wisconsin — Round 5 (168)
- Kapron Moore-Lewis, defensive end, Notre Dame — Round 6 (200)
- Ryan Jensen, offensive tackle, Colorado State-Pueblo — Round 6 (203)
- Aaron Mellete, wide receiver, Elon — Round 7 (238)
- Marc Anthony, cornerback, Cal — Round 7 (247)
Best Pick: Arthur Brown
The ability to get a player like Brown, who is clearly a first-round talent on the tape, is just a major steal for the team. Because of medicals and a few off-field issues, Brown slid down draft boards, but the teams that passed on his services are going to be sorry that they did.
Worst Pick: Ryan Jensen
There isn’t much chance for Jensen to make the roster. It is just a sixth-round pick, but the Ravens could have had a chance to add a solid special teams player or developmental quarterback.
Analysis: The way the Ravens started out their draft was as impressive as anyone else in the league. To score two first-round talents in your first two picks and follow that up by adding a freakishly athletic defensive lineman with tremendous upside is just incredible. When you factor in the fact that they were able to get a Ricky Wagner in round 6 and a wide receiver like Aaron Mellete in the final round, it was an all-around success for the Ravens.
2013 Draft Grade: A