3. The Ravens need instant impact:
The biggest problem with falling short of a Super Bowl after having the best record in the league is that it nets you the 28th pick in the NFL Draft. A handful of the top pass rushers will be off the board by the time the Ravens get on the clock. Wide receiver is a need for the Ravens, but we’ve seen the perils of drafting a receiver late in the first round. The Ravens need a player that can come in and be a game changer right away. I’m not saying that they can’t get that with the 28th pick, however signing the right free agent would take some pressure off them in late April.
The draft is where you think about the future. Free agency is where you think more about the present moment. If the Ravens learned anything last year it’s that they need difference makers. They need a player that changes the course of a tight game. They need a player that other teams have to worry about. The Ravens have a player like that in Jackson. The Ravens need more players that fit the difference making category. If the Ravens could pair Matt Judon with a player like Yannick Ngakoue, could you imagine how much more viable a championship run would be? If the Ravens added a player like Emmanuel Sanders, they would get promised results opposite of Marquise Brown.
The Ravens have to make a championship caliber nucleus lead to a championship. They have to get players that can come in and help right away. DeCosta’s job is to build the team with an eye always towards the future. He’s already achieved most of the roster building. The Ravens still have to be responsible, but they have to go for it in free agency. If DeCosta gives the Ravens one or two answers to their offseason questions via free agency, he could be giving Baltimore another Lombardi Trophy.