Although Ray Lewis is returning for his 17th season with the Baltimore Ravens, even the most optimistic fan has to know that the end is near. Being in the NFL for 17 seasons is an insanely long time, especially for an inside linebacker who gets beat up nearly every game. Yet, Lewis just keeps playing at a high level, defying all critics who said he would slow down.
As far as his career has come, it's going to end soon, possibly even after this season. Therefore, it makes sense for the Ravens to look to draft his eventual successor in this draft.
Let's take a look at some of the players in this year's draft that could become Lewis' eventual successor.