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There are big shoes to fill at the middle linebacker position following the retirement of Ray Lewis.
Of all the position battles, none may be more interesting than the one at middle linebacker.
The Ravens have three candidates who will look to fill the hole left by Ray Lewis. Veterans Jameel McClain and Rolando McClain will look to fight off rookie Arthur Brown for the top spot.
Rolando McClain may have a tough time holding down a roster spot following his arrest in late April, just a few days after Baltimore signed him. McClain has been arrested three times in the last 11 months, making him an unlikely player to retain should he struggle during camp.
Jameel McClain could be a more likely favorite to be awarded the starting middle linebacker spot given his production in years past. McClain has been a nice piece on Baltimore's roster, showing great value on special teams and as a defensive starter. He recorded 79 tackles in 13 games last season before suffering a season-ending injury.
McClain's injury could leave some doubt heading into camp, but he is reportedly healthy and ready to go for the start of 2013.
The most interesting prospect to fill the middle linebacker position could be a rookie. Baltimore selected Brown in the second round of the draft, sparking numerous conversations about how soon he could step in at the position as a starter.
Brown played a key role for the Kansas State Wildcats during his junior and senior years, racking up more than 100 tackles in both seasons. He's a tough, physical player who has proven to be a viable option at stopping the run at the collegiate level, and even showed some ability in pass coverage.
It's too early to say who the favorite is to start for the Ravens at middle linebacker, and no clear-cut favorite will likely emerge prior to camp. Expect all three players to get a healthy share of snaps with the first-team defense to give coaches a chance to see who is the best fit.