Let us take a moment to mourn the losses of Anquan Boldin, Bernard Pollard, Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe. After the first week of free agency, Ravens fans are doing plenty of mourning, as the Ravens have lost a lot of talent with only a handful of rotational defensive linemen added.
That means the Ravens are going to have to fill some needs in the draft. The Ravens fortunately have lots of draft picks and lots of available talent on which to use those picks.
The Ravens are lucky that this year features a glut of mid-range talent. In this draft, picking at 15th overall and then picking at 32nd, as the Ravens are, is hardly different at all.
Further, the draft has solid talent at several positions of need, including in the pass rush, defensive line, secondary and linebacker positions. The Ravens should be able to fill all those needs in the draft without having to reach.
With that in mind, the Ravens' biggest need is not any one position, but rather an element that their defense lacked in 2012. The Ravens desperately need a dose of speed, athleticism and strength in their defensive front seven, regardless of position.
They've already let players go who don't fit that mold. Now, they need to find their replacements.
With that in mind, here is a full mock draft for the Ravens, with a special emphasis on making that defense great once again.