Baltimore Ravens NFL Draft Updates: Latest News, Trade Rumors, Storylines

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Baltimore Ravens NFL Draft Updates: Latest News, Trade Rumors, Storylines
( What does Ozzie Newsome have up his sleeve?

The Draft is nearly upon us and this is the time that Baltimore usually shines.

The Ravens seem to need this year's draft more than ever.  Last season, Baltimore came within a touchdown or a missed kick of playing in the Super Bowl.  Since then, the Ravens have lost several starters and key players.

Jarret Johnson, Cory Redding, Ben Grubbs, Lee Evans, Chris Carr, Tom Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura have all left for "greener pastures".  Their departures have left the Ravens with a variety of needs.  Baltimore now has needs at guard (perhaps their biggest need), outside linebacker, wide receiver and at safety.  They also need a long-term solution at left offensive tackle, depth at running back, kick/punt returner and an heir to middle linebacker Ray Lewis.

Free agency has not been all bleak for Baltimore.  They signed cornerback Corey Graham and safety Sean Considine.  These were important signings that will provide depth and a much-needed jolt to their special teams.  They also re-signed Jameel McClain, Matt Birk, Lardarius Webb and Brendon Ayanbadejo.

Some internal candidates could be used to fill these needs such as Paul Kruger, Pernell McPhee, Art Jones, and Jah Reid are being counted on, at least for now, to step into starter roles or make major contributions next season.  The draft could change that, and it will be interesting to see how this year's draft will shape Baltimore's roster.

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