When the Baltimore Ravens acquired Anquan Boldin in free agency last year, everyone was quick to jump on the bandwagon.
The Ravens struggled to find an offensive identity in 2010 however, and had to settle for a second place finish in the AFC North. This year there are some questions concerning the offensive line and the Ravens will be forced to address their issues on the line either via free agency or through the draft.
The fallout of the labor negotiations has clouded the free agent landscape however, making this draft one of the most interesting in some time.
On the defensive side of the ball the Ravens continued to dominate. Despite ending the year as a top-five defense, there are some holes that need to be filled and some depth with future upside the team will have to focus on.
Ed Reed is still one of the best safeties in the NFL, if not the best, but all good things must come to an end eventually. Reed has had retirement rumors surrounding him for over a year.
The Ravens need to find an upgrade at cornerback immediately while keeping in mind the looming need for an heir to Reed. Sergio Kindle was supposed to be both an immediate impact player and insurance for whenever Ray Lewis decides to hang up his cleats, but the Kindle experiment hasn’t quite worked out so far.
The Ravens have a total of nine picks, four coming between round five and six. Late round picks are no guarantee, but there is certainly more than enough evidence that you can find a future pro-bowler later on in the draft. The Ravens will hope to secure those play-makers in their first three rounds and furthermore hope those picks will be the edge they need. Look for the back end of the draft to be spent adding depth to aging areas.