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Top Five Needs For Baltimore Ravens In 2013 NFL Draft

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Top Five Needs For Baltimore Ravens In 2013 NFL Draft

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Leading up to the NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens created a little interesting situation for themselves with all the changes they have had to deal with this off-season. It's not unusual for this team. When the Ravens won it all in 2000, two years later they had to deal with a cap purge that was far worse than what is going on right now. The Ravens have their key core players in Joe Flacco, Ray Rice,Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata to name a few. In 2002, all the Ravens had as a core were Ray Lewis, Peter Boulware, Jamal Lewis and Johnathan Ogden.

The Ravens have their work cut out for them this year. But having arguably the best front office in football will heal most wounds. So what it is the mind of the front office heading into the main event of the off-season?

Ravens' Assistant General Manager Eric Decosta said in a pre-draft press conference last week, “I think numbers-wise, we see an extra round, basically, and about 32 or 35 extra players that we think are draftable players in this draft. So, the pool of players is greater. I think the quality of player between 15 and 45 is excellent. I think there are players in every round that we like, slotted very well. " He continued, "Defensively, it’s a very, very strong draft... Up front on the defensive and offensive lines, we see a lot of really good players. With the amount of juniors that came out this year, that really bolstered the crop of players. I think 74 juniors came out this year, and that really increased the depth as well.”

What are the Ravens needs? Lets take a look.

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Tight End

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Ed Dickson has not lived up to his third round status in 2010. The Ravens going forward are going to have to keep up with the trend in the league with depth at the tight end position. Dennis Pitta has emerged as a top 10 tight end in the league, the Ravens just need one or two more players to pair with him and match his impact. Not every team is going to have a pair of solid tight ends, but the Ravens can do it.

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Defensive Tackle

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Terrence Cody did not play well for the most part last season. It is obvious that this season will determine his future with the team. Ngata is expected to start over at nose tackle, but there is an obvious need for depth there. It all starts up front. They did sign Chris Canty and Marcus Spears to upgrade a defense that was ranked 17th overall last season.

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Linebacker

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Nobody can replace Ray Lewis, but they can have more depth at the position than in recent years. Which player in this draft have the instincts to play the position? Who knows the assignments? The Ravens run a hybrid defense, so being up date with everything is critical for the defense.

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Safety

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There is a huge void at this position. With Peyton Manning being the opponent week one, it's time to prepare. The Ravens have shown in their history that the position at either safety spot is critical in any defense they play whether it be 4-3 or 3-4. Rod Woodson and Ed Reed. The next player has some living up to do.

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Wide Receiver

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The Ravens made it a point this off-season to get younger. They paid Flacco, now they have to surround him with weapons. Letting Boldin go in terms of the future was the right move. He is in his 30's and you can't expect him to be on the team forever. So get a cheaper solution now instead of paying an higher price for a veteran who might hang it up soon.