(Sports Network) - Much has been made about what the Baltimore Ravens have
lost since winning Super Bowl XLVII.
Superstar linebacker Ray Lewis and veteran Pro Bowl center Matt Birk retired
after the title game, while wide receiver Anquan Boldin was traded to San
Safety Bernard Pollard was cut and signed with Tennessee, linebacker Dannell
Ellerbe went to Miami as a free agent, linebacker Paul Kruger signed with
Cleveland, cornerback Cary Williams went up I-95 to Philadelphia and veteran
safety Ed Reed took his act to Houston.
General manager Ozzie Newsome has done a decent job of replenishing things
especially of defense, however, bringing in ex-Broncos pass rusher Elvis
Dumervil as well as veterans Marcus Spears and Chris Canty. He also got
younger at safety by brining in former Oakland No. 1 pick Michael Huff.
One thing which hasn't been addressed is inside linebacker and it looks like
Newsome wants to fill that hole in the draft with the 32nd overall pick.
Left tackle also remains a concern since Bryant McKinnie is a free agent
and is not all that dominant anyway.
If Notre Dame middle linebacker Manti Te'o, LSU's Kevin Minter or Kansas
State's Arthur Brown are around at No. 32, expect the Ravens to sprint toward
2012 Record: 10-6
Top Needs: ILB, OL, WR, S
First Three Picks: No. 32, No. 62, No. 94
Number of Selections: 12 (1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7)
RECENT FIRST ROUND HISTORY: 2012 - none; 2011 - Jimmy Smith (CB, Colorado);
2010 - none; 2009 - Michael Oher (OT, Ole Miss); 2008 - Joe Flacco (QB,
Delaware); 2007 - Ben Grubbs (G, Auburn); 2006 - Haloti Ngata (DT, Oregon);
2005 - Mark Clayton (WR, Oklahoma); 2004 - none; 2003 - Terrell Suggs (DE,
Arizona State), Kyle Boller (QB, California); 2002 - Ed Reed (S, Miami-
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