Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/9/13
The Baltimore Ravens, coming off a 2013 Super Bowl title, have holes on both sides of the ball that needs addressing starting with a middle linebacker to replace retired and future Hall Of Famer Ray Lewis.The holes don't stop their on the defensive side after Ed Reed left for the Houston Texans and the team cut Bernard Pollard.The team has a need in the secondary along with a replacement for the traded Anquan Boldin. In the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft the Baltimore Ravens have a few directions they could go based on having 12 picks.The team could elect to trade up earlier in the first round to select a higher-rated player such as a Manti Te'o or Tavon Austin. While they could elect to trade back to the second round to gain another draft pick as well. First Round Selection: ILB Kevin Minter from LSUMinter gives them a player that has a great work ethic and has put up numbers in big games for the Tigers. Other options: Trade up for a wide receiver such as DeAndre Hopkins from Clemson or Matt Elam, a safety from Florida to fill other holes. The Ravens will look to fill holes the rest of the Draft as in past years they have choosen to pick the best player available when the teams time to pick comes. Second Round Selection: WR Robert Woods from USCThe Ravens have a hole at the wide receiver with Woods on the board the will give the Ravens someone to play opposite of Torrey Smith. Other options would be to trade out of the second round.Third Round Selection: SS J.J. Wilcox from Georgia SouthernThe team has a hole at safety and will fill it with Wilcox who is 6' and can play both the run and pass. He was a receiver going to college and has only played safety for one season. Fourth Round Selections: OT Ricky Wagner from Wisconsin and TE Joseph Fauria from UCLAThe Ravens need to get offensive linemen with the chance they may bring back a veteran to play left tackle for a year till a rookie is matured. The team also can add another weapon to Flacco in the passing game with a big tight end target.Add in that Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson are set to be unrestricted free agents next season the pick is a smart one. Fifth Round Selections: OT Xavier Nixon from Florida and DT Akeem Spence from IllinoisThe Ravens need offensive tackles with the possible free agent Michael Oher next year so stock piling this season would be smart. The addition of Spence to the free agents Spears and Canty gives the Ravens young talent that the team doesn't have to rush to be a starter. Sixth Round Selections: WR Rodney Smith from Florida State, FS Rontez Miles from California Pennsylvania and CB Johnny Adams from Michigan St.Look for the team to add secondary help after losing both Pollard and Reed this offseason. Add in the big contract for Flacco the addition of offensive weapons including the 6'5" receiver from the Seminoles. Seventh Round Selections: OG Earl Watford from James Madison and OLB Travis Johnson from San Jose St.Ozzie will add a bunch of talent on both sides of the ball while adding depth at the guard and linebacker positions. In the end the Ravens could make trades both up and down but look for them to address need and not best player left on the board. 
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