Team Needs: Baltimore Ravens
NEEDS RATING KEY
5.0 - High priority. This is a position that is a glaring weakness and there is the likelihood that this team cannot compete next year without making a major addition here.
4.0 - Medium Priority. This is an area that is an obvious weakness, but the team isn't quite desperate to make a major move here possibly because they have some young potential. But this is an area that if the team cannot fix via free agency, will definitely use one of their picks in the first three or four rounds to supplement.
3.0 - Upgrade Potential. This is a position that isn't a weakness per se, but there is significant room for an upgrade. If the right player comes along they will certainly snag him, but if they don't fix this position with a major free agent addition or early round pick, then it's not the end of the world.
2.0 - Depth Need. An area where there is a need to add depth. Perhaps there is an aging veteran and they might want to start to look at grooming his heir apparent or replacement. Not likely to be a high priority and a position that more than likely will be address in the middle and late rounds rather than with a top pick.
1.0 - Future Need. This is an area that is not a priority, and doesn't initially appear as a need. But there is some room to develop some depth for perhaps two or more years down the line. This is usually an area that a team will look at in the late rounds if at all.
0.0 - Non-need. This is a position that is a strength of their team, they have a solid starter, capable depth, and/or a young player at the position that they like and want to develop. Very little possibility this area is addressed and would be the equivalent of a wasted draft pick.
Top 10 Needs
1. LB - 3.5
2. OC - 2.5
3. OG - 2.5
4. S - 2.5
5. WR - 2.0
6. RB - 2.0
7. K - 2.0
8. DT - 2.0
9. DE - 1.5
10. OT - 1.5
Quarterback - While Joe Flacco still faces a lot of criticism outside Baltimore, he is liked in Baltimore and is on the verge of signing an extension in the next 12 months. The team also is high on backup Tyrod Taylor as a developmental No. 2. NEED: 0.5
Running Back - Ray Rice has been tagged and if they can work out a long-term deal they are solid here for years to come. But the retirement of Ricky Williams leaves a void at the backup position. Anthony Allen is the top candidate to replace him, but played little, and they might add another veteran body as insurance. NEED: 2.0
Fullback - The addition of Vonta Leach was a big reason for the uptick in Rice's production. NEED: 0.0
Wide Receiver - Torrey Smith had his moments as an explosive playmaker opposite the steady Anquan Boldin. Lee Evans was a bust, and Tandon Doss barely played. They will continue to look at players that can help generate explosive plays and stretch the defense at this position, but it's only a depth need. NEED: 2.0
Tight End - Ed Dickson put up nice numbers, but was not a guy that really scared any defenses. Dennis Pitta seems the more dangerous of the pair. They are both young and the team seems content to let both continue to grow. NEED: 1.0
Offensive Tackle - Bryant McKinnie isn't the player he once was, but still helped solidify the left side for them, allowing Oher to return to his more natural right tackle spot. Depth could take a hit if Jah Reid is forced to move inside to guard. NEED: 1.5
Offensive Guard - Ben Grubbs is a free agent and a priority re-signing, but might be too expensive for the Ravens. Jah Reid will get first crack at the spot to replace him, but they could definitely look to add some insurance. Andre Gurode filled in ably early in the year, but even if they retain him he's just a short-term solution. NEED: 2.5
Center - Matt Birk is a free agent, but they are actively trying to convince him to return even after it was widely expected he would hang it up. But the team will likely try and find a good young long-term option in the draft to anchor their line down the road. NEED: 2.5
Defensive Tackle - Terrence Cody had a decent year as a first-year starter, but the team likes his growth potential. Brandon McKinney is a good backup, but a free agent and the team could try to look elsewhere. They definitely need someone to platoon with Cody, who's stamina isn't the best in the world. NEED: 2.0
Defensive End - Haloti Ngata is solid here, and Cory Redding had a nice year as a starter. But he'll be a 31-year old free agent soon. The team likes the potential of Arthur Jones, but adding another body won't hurt them. At the hybrid spot that Suggs plays, Pernell McPhee and Paul Kruger give them two good rotational bodies. NEED: 1.5
Linebacker - Ray Lewis is beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and the team is going to have to look hard at grooming his replacement. Jameel McClain is one option, but he's a free agent and they could be hard-pressed to retain him if another team is willing to pay him off potential. Dannell Ellerbe has flashed potential in the past, but at this point is mainly just a good backup. Jarret Johnson is also a free agent and very good role player, that could get some nibbles on the open market. Losing him would open a hole there. NEED: 3.5
Cornerback - Lardarius Webb had a good first year as a starter after being elevated from the nickel. He and Jimmy Smith, along with Cary Williams and Chykie Brown look to form a solid quarter for the future. NEED: 1.0
Safety - Like Lewis, Ed Reed is nearing the end of the line. While Tom Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura have been capable as injury fill-ins, neither is relaly more than a good backup rather than a potential playmaking starter in the vein of Reed. Both are free agents and could walk. Bernard Pollard is a good strong safety that is a force against the run, but lacking against the pass. The time is ripe for them to look to find Reed's heir apparent in the draft soon. NEED: 2.5
Kicker - Cundiff's botched kick in the AFC Championship game probably won't cost him his job, but definitely will prompt them to look at some competition. NEED: 2.0
Punter - Sam Koch is an outstanding young punter. NEED: 0.0
Return Specialist - David Reed and Webb form a solid pair of returners. Adding another body to bolster competition won't hurt, but won't be a high priority. NEED: 1.0<< Previous Team
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