The Ravens' new grade from Kiper is B-minus, after receiving an A-minus immediately after the draft. This is a generous re-assessment, given that the Ravens' best rookie was undrafted wide receiver Marlon Brown.
Safety Matt Elam, the team's first-round pick, was the only player from the Ravens' draft class to start this season. In fact, he was the only player from the Ravens' draft class to play more than 20 percent of snaps on either offense or defense. He had an up-and-down year, but he made more of an impact that second-round pick Arthur Brown, who played in passing situations.
Kiper offered this question in his analysis:
"So would you rather have Elam and [linebacker] Arthur Brown, or [safety D.J.] Swearinger and [linebacker Manti] Te'o if you were looking for help at safety and inside linebacker in the first two rounds? Elam and Brown could be just fine, but grading early returns, you might prefer the other pair, which was an option."
This is what assistant general manager Eric DeCosta told The Baltimore Sun about the Ravens' top three picks:
"Matt played a lot this year, and we think he's going to play better and better and better. We're very excited about him. Arthur Brown came back from an injury early in training camp, and his ceiling is unlimited with his athletic skills. We think [third-round defensive tackle] Brandon Williams flashed for us this year with a very, very good preseason, explosive guy. He's really going to have the opportunity to play next year and play well. I think the offseason with him is going to be big."
The Ravens were at a disadvantage last year because they had to pick at the bottom of every round as the defending Super Bowl champions. This year, Baltimore will draft the middle of each round and need more immediate impact players after going 8-8.