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2014 NFL mock draft: Brandin Cooks to Baltimore Ravens at No. 17

In need of more playmakers on offense, Brandin Cooks could be just what the doctor ordered for the Baltimore Ravens.

The Baltimore Ravens have been busy this offseason building around franchise quarterback Joe Flacco. Three key starters were re-signed to four- or five-year deals: tight end Dennis Pitta, left tackle Eugene Monroe and wide receiver Jacoby Jones. The team traded a draft pick for interior offensive lineman Jeremy Zuttah, and two well-known passing game targets were signed in wideout Steve Smith and tight end Owen Daniels.

Jason Butt of Baltimore Beat Down, for one, does not believe that the work should stop there.

Team Player Pos. Ht Wt Class
17. Ravens Brandin Cooks, Oregon State WR 5'10 189 JR

"The Ravens’ theme this offseason has been to upgrade the offense. They’d further do so by taking a player as explosive as Cooks. Cooks is only 5'10 and 189 pounds, but he plays physical, has great body control and can turn short passes into big gains. He can also get behind the secondary and hit big plays deep. Cooks had 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns with the Beavers in 2013, with the yardage total being the best in college football. He ran a 4.33 40-yard dash at the combine, highlighting his top-end speed. With offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak installing his offense that strikes big on the play-action deep ball, Cooks could be that player who makes it run effectively in the long term. Baltimore’s offense has a chance to become a dangerous unit in 2014. Adding Cooks to the mix would help ensure that."

Dan Kadar, our knowledgeable NFL Draft analyst, has some thoughts and opinions to share on the Ravens' mock draft pick of Cooks:

If the top three offensive tackles are gone by this pick, you can't fault adding a weapon on offense. The debate here for Baltimore is about the player selected. While Cooks is a very good player, Odell Beckham from LSU is the much better wide receiver. He's about as fast as Cooks on the field, has considerably better hands and is a little taller. An even more dangerous addition to the Ravens offense in this scenario would be tight end Eric Ebron of North Carolina. Ebron and Pitta would create incredible mismatches, particularly in the redzone.

The AFC East will close out our picks today. Gang Green Nation's pick for the New York Jets drops at noon ET, and the Miami Dolphins will follow three hours later.

Top 5 players remaining

# Player Pos. College Ht. Wt.
8 Eric Ebron
TE North Carolina
9 C.J. Mosley
LB Alabama 6'2 234
12 Louis Nix DT Notre Dame 6'2 326
15 Xavier Su'a-Filo OG UCLA 6'4 307
17 Kony Ealy DE Missouri 6'4 273

2014 SB Nation NFL writers' mock draft results

Ravens picks

Rd # Team Player Pos. College
1 17 Baltimore Ravens Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State
2 48 Baltimore Ravens