Ravens Expect to Fly High For 2009 Season

Larry WhiteCorrespondent IMay 7, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 25:  Baltimore Ravens #23 draft pick Michael Oher poses for a photograph at Radio City Music Hall for the 2009 NFL Draft on April 25, 2009 in New York City  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

The Baltimore Ravens have made quite a few adjustments this offseason, some have left us puzzled on what to expect next from the Ravens. Some familiar faces are gone and have been replaced by new fresher, younger faces. Chris McAllister, Corey Ivy, Jason Brown and Rex Ryan Bye Bye. Hello Domonique Foxworth. Hello Chris Carr. Hello Micheal Oher. Foxworth and Carr bring fresh young speed to an aging but still potent defense. Paired with Samari Rolle, Fabian Washington, Ed Reed and a healthy Dawan Laundry should spell trouble for any opposing offesnes. On the Offensive side Micheal Oher should be a huge factor in the both the running and passing game. Oher gives the Ravens Tight Ends(Which now includes L.J.Smith) an opportunity to get more involved in the passing attack. The only thing that concerns me is the WR position. Ironman Derrick Mason and Mark Clayton have the heart but may not have the height or speed to be the big threat receiver that the Ravens need. Demetrius Williams cant stay healthy and even if he could, he is mediocre at best. Yamon Figurs is a speedy guy but lacks height and weight making him more of an 4th/5th option type of guy. Fact of the matter is the Ravens need a big threat receiver and they need one bad. They drafted no receivers in the draft and have not made anything happen in Free Agency. A bigger, taller receiver would allow the Ravens to stretch the field and open up more passes for Clayton and Mason. The Ravens struggled with this last year and it showed in the AFC Championship Game. Its no doubt The Baltimore Ravens will be a good team in 2009 but will it be good enough to beat Pittsburgh? The Stealers(No Typo) have pretty much everyone returning except Larry Foote which means the Ravens will be cut no slack. Are the Ravens one big wide-out away from a Ring? I Believe So. The Baltimore Ravens will go 12-4 this year and I believe they will win the AFC North despite the Steelers being the reigning champs.