2013 NFL Draft: Baltimore Ravens' 5 Biggest Needs Heading into April's Draft

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2013 NFL Draft: Baltimore Ravens' 5 Biggest Needs Heading into April's Draft
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Ray Lewis is just one of many players the Ravens will look to replace this year.

The Baltimore Ravens carried out, "Ray's last ride" to an unprecedented championship run this year that ended at Super Bowl XLVII.  

Joe Flacco finally hoisted the Lombardi Trophy after several doubters and experts thought he couldn't get it done.  

Ray Lewis rode off into the sunset of retirement, along with center Matt Birk.  The Ravens held a parade in Baltimore the Tuesday after they won, and the fans had the opportunity to rejoice with all their favorite players in being world champions.  

Unfortunately for the fans of Baltimore, most of the players they celebrated the victory with have left town.  Bigger contracts and greater opportunities came knocking for some of Baltimore's key free agents.  

Players such as Paul Kruger, Dannell Ellerbe, Cary Williams and Ed Reed have all found new homes for next season.  Fans knew going into free agency that some of these players may not return for next season, but that isn't what has fans concerned.

What has fans concerned is the releasing and trading of players that fans thought were locks to start the 2013 season in a Ravens uniform.

Anquan Boldin was traded to the San Francisco 49ers for a sixth-round draft pick after he and the Ravens failed to come to agreements on a restructured deal.  Bernard Pollard became a cap casualty when the Ravens cut him to free up additional cap space.  

The Ravens did not watch all of free agency go by without making any signings.  The Ravens first signed veteran defensive tackle Chris Canty.  Shortly after signing Canty, the Ravens reached a contract agreement with defensive end Marcus Spears.  

Of these signings, the most notable one for Baltimore was defensive end/outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil, who recently signed with the Ravens, coming to terms on a five-year, $35 million deal.  

While the Ravens have addressed a few holes in the roster that has been viciously dismantled, there are still several spots that need to be filled.  In typical Ravens fashion, Ozzie Newsome will likely look to the draft for mid- to late-round gems to fill those spots.  

Let's take a look at the Ravens' five biggest needs heading into the 2013 NFL draft.

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