2010 NFL Draft: Baltimore Ravens Fill Needs To Win Now and Build For the Future

Evan SundermannContributor IApril 24, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 07:  Terrence Cody #62 and Rolando McClain #25 of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Louisiana State University Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 7, 2009 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Baltimore Ravens have had a reputation for being one of the toughest defensive teams in the NFL for a long time and they don't plan on losing that image now or any time soon.

The 2010 NFL draft saw the Ravens add players that will come in and make an instant impact not only on defense but also on the offensive side of the ball. The newest Baltimore Ravens also seem primed to develop into the defensive foundation that will be crucial for Baltimore's future success.

Sergio Kindle of Texas was considered to be a first-round talent but he slipped to the Ravens in the second round as the 43rd overall selection in the draft.

The likely reason for Kindle's slide into the second round is questions about his durability. The former University of Texas linebacker suffered numerous knee injuries during his college career.

There is no doubt about Kindle's talent and athleticism, however. Kindle is an explosive pass rusher who is also effective in playing the run. As a linebacker he couldn't be in a better place than Baltimore where he will be able to learn from Ray Lewis and Co.

After choosing Kindle, the Ravens then picked former Alabama defensive tackle Terrence Cody with the second of their two picks in the second round Friday night.

Cody is a big, athletic prospect but his stamina is somewhat of an issue. He weighed in at a whopping 354 pounds at the combine and the Ravens will likely work with him this offseason on shedding some pounds so that he can stay on the field longer.

The Ravens also took another defensive tackle in the fifth round on Saturday. Arthur Jones from Syracuse has shown ability in defending against the run and the Ravens will look to help him develop a wider range of pass rushing moves.

In addition to their defensive additions, the Ravens also acquired several offensive players in the draft to bolster their receiving corps.

Ed Dickson, a tight end out of Oregon, is a talented pass-catching tight end with great top-end speed and the ability to spread the field.

The Ravens brought in another tight end, Dennis Pita from Brigham Young. Pita has the potential to transform himself into a solid run blocker and red zone threat. David Reed, a first team all-MWC wide receiver, was also added to the Ravens depth chart in the fifth round.

Last but not least, the Ravens brought in Ramon Harewood, a massive offensive tackle from Morehouse who stands at 6'6'' and weighs in at 353 pounds. Harewood has solid intangibles and production in addition to his tremendous size and durability, but he will need to be coached up in order to make an impact on the field.