On the eve of the Super Bowl, and as Ravens fans are still in mourning, it is time to revisit the NFL draft. With some significant holes to fill and key players entering free agency, Baltimore has a lot of questions to answer if they aspire to return to the AFC Championship Game and make it to the Super Bowl.
On the top of the Ravens' offseason checklist is resigning Ray Rice and Joe Flacco to long term deals. Assuming both of these deals are inked soon, the Ravens would be able to retain Pro Bowl guard Ben Grubbs by using the franchise tag on him. While that is a tall task, GM Ozzie Newsome has proven to be particularly adept at retaining in-house talent.
Ray Lewis has already stated that he is returning next year, but safety Ed Reed and center Matt Birk still have somewhat unknown intentions.
All of these factors make this offseason critically important for Baltimore as they attempt to stay atop the AFC.