Maybe the fact that the Steelers apparently had a great draft makes the Ravens' lukewarm draft look absolutely terrible. Maybe it is the fact that this team has so many starting needs that don't have clear cut answers. Or perhaps it is the looks on Ozzie and Eric's faces when they sheepishly admitted that this draft, like 2010, was one of those where you hope guys fall to you and four picks before you select... boom! The guys you want are gone-- round after round after round.
I have looked at the players drafted and two things stick out to me:
One is the Ravens drafted for need more than best player available. Ordinarily I don't think this is a bad idea all together; actually I believe a great draft philosophy has to strike a balance between the two. You don't just draft the best player available if you are stacked at that position with young players with fresh contracts. It simply means that "best player available" may never see the field. Conversely, you don't reach for a player at a position of need just to fill a hole with an unworthy player-- who will be a rookie no less. The Ravens picked some weird players when they could have had better ones. Outside of the two second round picks, we can safely say that all the other players selected may be projects and practice squad material on three quarters of the teams in the NFL.
The second thing I see with this draft is that John Harbaugh will have to do some serious coaching if he is going to make the playoffs a fifth consecutive season. Their need at receiver has not been answered either in free agency or the draft. Maybe Tandon Doss is the guy... maybe? Their need at guard has not been met... Is Osemele a tackle or a guard? Is Gradkowski the best we could have done at Center/Guard? Is he really better than Ben Jones? Is McKinnie still a starting LT in this league? Hey, another question; Can Ozzie tell us, with a straight face, that Bernard Pierce was the best player on their board in the third round?!!! Is that RB from Temple better than all the other dudes drafted after him or was this simply a panic move to fill a spot left by Ricky Williams with the threat of Ray Rice holding out hanging over the team? Personally I would give up 4 of those draft picks to get 4 better players than the top 4 we chose. This sure looks like a lousy bunch. And let me be the first to say it; I don't think Ozzie and co are as high as they want you to believe they are on Courtney Upshaw. When you think a guy is a steal at his position you don't trade down-- you either stand pat or trade up!
I had a bad feeling about this team after Lee Evans dropped that ball. That feeling got worse when Cundiff hooked that kick. The release of the NFL schedule made my stomach churn something awful. The draft finally made me throw up all over my feet. This is going to be one hell of a season; I hope we all have a stomach for this s#*t.