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Baltimore Ravens Draft Preview

Posted on: April 18, 2011 10:32 am


  2010 record: 12-4, second place AFC North

2011 draft rundown

  Nine total picks (round): 26 (1), 58 (2), 90 (3), 123 (4), 164 (5), 165 (5), 180 (6), 191 (6), 225 (7) 

Top needs:

  Wide Receiver: QB Joe Flacco would like a speedy target outside, as Derrick Mason won't be around forever and "Housh" doesn't stretch the field across from Anquan Boldin.

  Offensive Tackle: Ozzie Newsome could select a left or right tackle, depending on what coaches want to do with Michael Oher and assuming Marshal Yanda returns to guard.

  Cornerback: Team has plenty of nickel/number two corners, needs reliable starter with size to take on opponents' top receiver.

  Linebacker: Finding a pass rusher to take pressure off Terrell Suggs may be on the team's radar.

  Center: Matt Birk will retire soon and Chris Chester is a free agent.

  Safety: Ed Reed is still a playmaker but has had injuries and is getting older, SS Dawan Landry could be free agent.

First round focus

  26th overall

  --The Ravens are in a relatively good position because they should have multiple ways to meet a need with their first round pick. A talented front-seven prospect, either at defensive end or linebacker, could be available. If one of the top offensive tackles is available to GM Ozzie Newsome at 26, he may find a bookend partner for Michael Oher because of there is a drop-off of talent after the early second round. Finding a speed threat at receiver is another consideration, and keeping former Terp Torrey Smith in-state could help QB Joe Flacco stretch the field effectively. 

Five names on Ravens' board

  --CB Jimmy Smith, Colorado
  --WR Torrey Smith, Maryland
  --OLB Brooks Reed, Arizona
  --DE Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple
  --OLB Jabaal Sheard, Pittsburgh 

--Contributed by Senior Analyst Chad Reuter

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