NFL Draft 2012: 10 Defensive Studs Who Will Mesh with Ravens Right Away

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NFL Draft 2012: 10 Defensive Studs Who Will Mesh with Ravens Right Away
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There isn't a more star-studded defense in the NFL than the Baltimore Ravens. Last season, four Ravens defenders were named to the Pro Bowl, which tied the Chicago Bears and the San Francisco 49ers  for the most in the NFL. This is an indictment of the Ravens place among the NFL's elite defenses and the star players that have helped them get there.

Yet as star-studded as the Ravens defense is, it's getting clear that many of the players are getting up there in age. This fact is highlighted by the two future hall-of-famers Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, players whose retirement is now a major storyline at the end of every season. The end is near for both of them, and the Ravens know that now is the time for them to attempt to search the draft for the players that could be long-term solutions for when the inevitable happens.

Both the linebacker and safety positions will be addressed in the draft. It is also possible that the Ravens could try to pick up another pass rusher to complement Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs.

Here are 10 defensive players that were studs in college and could thrive on the Ravens defense.

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