The Baltimore Ravens have a variety of needs that need to be met in free agency or in the 2012 NFL Draft. Those needs are well documented, but one that has been overlooked has been safety. The Ravens lost backup safeties Tom Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura to free agency. Their presence will be missed both as backups and on special teams.
There are few options in the free-agent market that are fits for the Ravens. It is unlikely that Baltimore will spend big money on a safety or even an early draft pick, although if a safety is the best overall player available, GM Ozzie Newsome will probably draft him.
Most likely the Ravens will use some of their mid- to late-round picks to nab a safety who would be a top reserve and make an impact on special teams.
Here's a look at players who the Ravens should pursue in free agency or at some point in the draft.