Baltimore Ravens 2013 NFL Draft: 5 Safety Prospects That Could Replace Ed Reed

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Baltimore Ravens 2013 NFL Draft: 5 Safety Prospects That Could Replace Ed Reed
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For years NFL talking heads have been insisting that Ravens' "aging" defense was a problem, and for years Ed Reed and Ray Lewis made pundits look foolish.

Now with the 26th ranked defense in the NFL (according to www.gridironrank.com) and riddled with injury, it seems that the end of a defensive era of dominance is imminent.

The Ravens have tons of youth and potential future starters on the defensive side of the ball, but there's no question that areas like inside linebacker, safety and possibly yet another pass-rusher will need to be addressed this offseason.

After learning of Ray Lewis' potential season-ending tricep injury last week, I wrote an article suggesting some potential future replacements for the all-pro linebacker.

Now with the news of Ed Reed's injury, and knowing that he is in the last year of his contract and his affinity for flirting with retirement, let's take a look at some prospects that the Ravens may look at in the 2013 NFL Draft.

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