Pre-Draft Team Needs: Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens were besieged by injuries last season. While several of the injured players will be back healthy, the team needs to make improvements to both sides of the ball to get back to the playoffs.

Players Added

Brendon Ayanbadejo/LB - The special teams ace is one of the best in that role in the entire NFL. He'll immediately upgrade their special teams coverage

Frank Walker/CB - He'll compete for the nickel role initially but is better off playing in their dime defense.

Players Lost

Mike Anderson/RB - He was released and the soon-to-be 35-year old back may retire.

Musa Smith/RB - He remains unsigned and the team hasn't shown any interest in re-signing him.

Devard Darling/WR - He only caught 18 passes last season but averaged over 18 yards/catch. Darling signed with the Kansas City Chiefs and will add some young depth to the receiver rotation.

Mike Flynn/C - Chris Chester is slated to take over for him.

Gerome Sapp/S - The career backup remains unsigned.

B.J. Sams/KR-PR - He's coming off of a serious knee injury but if healthy, Sams should prove to be an improvement for the Kansas City Chiefs over KR/PR Eddie Drummond.

Pre-Draft Team Needs

Quarterback - With the sudden retirement of starter Steve McNair, this position takes on an even greater importance to the team. Kyle Boller will likely start this season but he's on a one-year deal. Whoever Baltimore drafts will be expected to compete for the starting job in year two.

- The two starters are in their 30's and the team doesn't have anyone in back of them who is capable of taking over. Look for the team to address this position on the first day of the draft.

Wide Receiver - Starter Derrick Mason is 34 and young receivers Mark Clayton and Demetrius Williams struggled with injuries and consistency last season. Depth is also an issue here.

Running Back - Behind starter Willis McGahee are untested RBs Cory Ross and P.J. Daniels. They'll be looking for a power runner to fit offensive coordinator Cam Cameron's power rushing philosophy.

Other Issues to Address

Offensive Line Depth

Defensive End Depth

Safety Depth

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