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Baltimore Ravens 2013 NFL Draft Preview
By John McMullen, NFL Editor
(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 Francisco.
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 the podium.
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- Florida).
04/16 11:04:45 ET
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