Showcasing Baltimore Ravens' Biggest Strengths and Draft Needs

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Showcasing Baltimore Ravens' Biggest Strengths and Draft Needs
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The Baltimore Ravens made a tremendous—at some points stunning—run through the playoffs to win their second NFL championship.

The process of winning back-to-back titles has been underway for awhile now, and continues at the draft.

Like most defending champions, the holes that need to be filled are limited for Baltimore, at least in comparison to those franchises drafting in the top 10. There are still a couple issues that must get addressed to keep the team among the top contenders, though.

One thing that will be missing—which the draft can't replace—is the veteran leadership of Ray Lewis and Ed Reed.

The two stalwart defenders are gone, to retirement and the Houston Texans, respectively, which means players like Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata must step up in their absence.

The Ravens must trust those stars, along with Joe Flacco, to handle the increased pressure while focusing on ways to upgrade in the draft.

Let's examine every area of the team and determine where their pick resources will be best allocated starting on Thursday.

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