Since free agency began on March 12, the Baltimore Ravens saw three of their defensive starters sign elsewhere and also cut strong safety Bernard Pollard (effective on June 1). Dannell Ellerbe (Miami, five years), Paul Kruger (Cleveland, five years) and Cary Williams (Philadelphia, three years) signed with their respective teams for a total of $92.75 million.
Baltimore did sign two former NFC East defensive linemen who will likely play significant minutes for the team, if not start. Defensive end Marcus Spears (two years, from Dallas) and defensive tackle Chris Canty (three years, from New York) signed contracts with a combined worth of $11.55 million.
So for 12.5 percent of what Ellerbe, Kruger and Williams cost, the Ravens signed two veterans to bolster their defensive line and made significant progress toward solving a major need.
While Baltimore also retained multiple other free agents, it will do its most work through the draft.
Ravens general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome has traditionally taken the best player available regardless of need and stayed true to his board. League-wide, Newsome is highly respected for his front-office talent and has proved year after year that he knows what he's doing.
The question every fan wants to know is: "Who's on the Ravens' big board?"
To be clear, this is not a mock draft. Players are listed according to the alphabetical order of their schools, not who will be drafted the highest. Baltimore may not have the chance to draft all of these players. The players on this list may not even go in the first round.
Instead, this is a list of 10 players whose stock is trending up that the Ravens may look at drafting in late April.