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People around the NFL routinely say that it takes three years to fully assess the quality of a draft class.
Players need time to develop, learn the systems and then actually get playing time, which often doesn’t happen right away.
While some of the Ravens rookies are expected to compete for starting roles this season, the assessment of the draft class could look much different after a few years.
Going into this year, second round picks Courtney Upshaw and Kelechi Osemele will likely challenge for starting jobs at outside linebacker and left guard, respectively. Fourth-round pick Gino Gradkowski will also be in the mix for the left guard spot and is slotted to become the starting center of the future.
Later draft picks like wide receiver Tommy Streeter, running back Bernard Pierce, safety Christian Thompson and cornerback Asa Jackson could need more time to develop before becoming starters, but they now have the opportunity to learn behind proven veterans like Ray Rice, Anquan Boldin, Ed Reed and Lardarius Webb.
So flash forward three years. Which draft pick do you see developing into the next Ravens’ star?