Baltimore Ravens Awarded Multiple NFL Draft Compensatory Picks
By Patrick Conn
Nov 24, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) gestures in front of New York Jets safety Ed Reed (22) in the first half at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
The NFL announced their compensatory picks for the upcoming NFL Draft. The Baltimore Ravens were awarded the most picks (4) alongside the New York Jets. Before every draft the NFL awards compensatory picks based on free agents lost prior to the previous season. The Ravens lost Ed Reed, Dannell Ellerbe, Paul Kruger and Cary Williams to NFL free agency. The Ravens only had four picks going into the draft and have now doubled that number.
The Ravens received a third round, two fourth round and a fifth round selections. Since 1994 this team has been awarded the most compensatory picks at 41. The second most picks have been awarded to the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers, who have received 33 in that span. The Ravens had some large holes to fill this offseason but general manager Ozzie Newsome has done a great job with trading for or signing players to fill those roles. At this point the Ravens could still use another wide receiver, a free safety with Matt Elam moving to strong, another inside linebacker and a tight end. With the selections they were awarded the Ravens can fill such needs with high quality prospects.