2010 NFL Draft: Baltimore Ravens Should Plan Upgrade at Cornerback and Tight End

Old AccountSenior Writer IMarch 23, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 31:  Aaron Hernandez #81 of the Florida Gators against the Georgia Bulldogs at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on October 31, 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Less than a month remains until the 2010 NFL Draft is under way.

Over the past month, stocks have been rising and falling with the NFL Combine and Pro Day workouts occurring.

The Baltimore Ravens' draft plans did change drastically with the acquisition of Anquan Boldin. In the deal, a top receiver was added to this offense, which now looks to be one of the better units in the league.

With that, a receiver is no longer a priority within the first two rounds of the draft.

The biggest needs that lie ahead are at the cornerback and tight end positions, with the defensive line just making the cut.

The cornerbacks of the Ravens took a beating toward their playoff run last season. Losing two of their starters to injuries in Fabian Washington and Lardarius Webb, questions still loom about their health.

Will both of them be ready for training camp? If so, how much of an impact can they make on this defense?

The top corner in the draft, Joe Haden, will surely be off the board, but there are a few names who will be available near the end of the first round that can interest the Ravens.

The names Kyle Wilson of Boise State and Patrick Robinson of Florida State come to mind.

To me, Wilson seems the best fit, with his speed separating him from the rest of the class. Despite not being the biggest corner, you cannot doubt his talent, which would fit in well with the new scheme that has been implemented last season.

Surely an upgrade over Frank Walker is a major plus.

The Ravens must also focus on finding a vertical threat for Joe Flacco. Boldin is a monster upgrade for the offense but doesn't have the breakaway speed that can be used for the young gunslinger.

Thus, a tight end prospect comes to mind, Aaron Hernandez specifically. The former Florida tight end shows great athletic ability, which in my opinion is the best in this class.

Even with Jermaine Gresham entering the draft as the best tight end, I still feel more confident in Hernandez making the most impact in his rookie season.

Another need for this Ravens squad is the defensive line, which has become more of a priority since free agency began.

Though it is known around the Ravens organization that Ozzie Newsome does not wish to draft a defensive end in the first round, there is quite some talent available at the position.

Would the Ravens consider any opportunity to trade up for Jason Pierre-Paul or Carlos Dunlap? Both have a great deal of talent and can really help upgrade this old defensive line.

The Ravens were quite busy early in the offseason, something we are not accustomed to. One of the hopeful favorites in the AFC next season, Baltimore will focus on the draft to fill their biggest needs for the 2010 season.

Matt Miselis is an NFL writer and Baltimore Ravens Featured Columnist for BleacherReport.com.


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