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McShay mock: Ravens take top-rated DT (although owner would disagree)

In Todd McShay's second mock draft, the Baltimore Ravens select Washington's Vita Vea in the first round.

He's the draft's No. 1 defensive tackle. He's the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. And he's one of the most impressive athletes of this draft.

But he's unlikely to be the Ravens pick at No. 16 overall come April -- if owner Steve Bisciotti has anything to say about it.

"I think that there is a really good chance that we won’t be drafting a defensive tackle in the first round," Bisciotti said Friday during the "State of the Ravens" news conference.

Taking a defensive lineman would normally be a safe bet. Since 2013, the Ravens have selected a defensive tackle or end in one of their first three rounds.

Baltimore, however, is expected to focus its attention on offense this season. A year after going heavy on defense in free agency and the draft, the Ravens are looking add a playmaking wide receiver and a pass-catching tight end as well as potentially upgrading at running back and right tackle.

This Baltimore offense endured one of its statistically worst seasons in franchise history. The Ravens finished No. 27 in total offense (305.4), No. 29 in passing (189.4), No. 31 in yards per play (4.6) and No. 27 in third-down conversion (34.1 percent).

The rankings might be a reflection of the offense getting neglected in the draft. Over the past eight drafts, Baltimore has taken two offensive players with its first pick: wide receiver Breshad Perriman and offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley.

That trend could be coming to an end -- if Bisciotti has anything to say about it.