2010 NFL Draft: Could Dez Bryant Be Headed to the Baltimore Ravens?

Old AccountSenior Writer IApril 17, 2010

As the countdown to the NFL draft shows fewer than five days remaining, the Baltimore Ravens have some decisions to make.

Currently owning five picks, the Ravens do have holes on defense, along with some needed improvements on offense.

Cornerback and defensive line are the positions that need the biggest upgrades.

The offensive side has solid depth but needs to get younger in many positions for quarterback Joe Flacco.

Meanwhile, as the mock drafts continue to come out within the final days, there is uncertainty surrounding wide receiver Dez Bryant's stock.

Many see it as a forgone conclusion that Bryant will be a Denver Bronco after the departure of Brandon Marshall.

However, despite his talent, Bryant's attitude and potential contract demands will command a lot of money, and Denver is frugal and likely fed up with strong-headed receivers.

Miami and San Francisco seem to be out of the sweepstakes, with New England and Cincinnati being rumored.

However, we may have to consider the Ravens, if he falls as far as pick No. 25.

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General manager Ozzie Newsome has noted he will be looking to draft a wide receiver in the draft.

Considering the fact that Baltimore is known for taking the best available player, would the Ravens pass up Bryant?

Derrick Mason has two years at most left in him, and Boldin isn't the youngest receiver alive.

Bryant is a good talent. Even though he is criticized at times for his weak hands, Bryant has speed and is a physical receiver that would fit the Ravens' style.

Even though it is a longshot, it is more possible than you might think. If he slips past Denver, the Seahawks (maybe) or the rival Steelers could draft Bryant.

Both teams do have needs at other positions, though.

Bryant did visit with Cam Cameron a few weeks ago and knows he would be a No. 1 target for rising quarterback Joe Flacco for years to come.

The depth chart of Boldin, Mason, and Bryant would be one of the best in the league at the position, made even more potent alongside the Raven's strong running game, which will always be a threat.

The NFL draft could go in a few directions. Baltimore could either fill a few needs as it inches closer to becoming a contender, or the team is a playmaker away from being a favorite for this year's title.

Matt Miselis is a Baltimore Ravens Featured Columnist for BleacherReport.com.

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