No team year to year is the same, even if core remains the same. If we listen hard enough every coach says something that’s theme is never having that opportunity with these guys again… It’s true as much as it is coach speak, teams change!
Change isn’t new, it’s expected and in Baltimore its happened. The needs are as true as the change and a plenty.
Left Tackle is THE need. I understand guys can play that spot and many are saying Linebacker or Safety. Sure the subtraction of Ray Lewis (retirement) and Ed Reed (free agency Texans) throws a bullseye at those two positions but… There are at least reasonable players at LB & S on the roster, they are NOT at LT.
Is McKinnie an option? Yes, sure but he’s not future, he’s duct tape. LT is the need but it’s not a prediction as to what the Ravens do in the draft. They’ll do what they do, stick to the plan, their board is the focus. Best player available per their board, needs, person they are (see Rolando McClain) etc.
The system in place to select talent is what makes Baltimore the Ravens’. That system is what makes it go. I’ll give you the needs but know the reason for success is the system and until that changes, changes to a team are systematic. Needs in my order of importance: (not mock draft, not mock draft, not mock draft) LT, S, MLB, C, WR, NT, TE… Then it’s normal backups at positions in general.
With 12 overall picks, 9 in rounds 4-7, expect solid depths & developmental guys and maybe packaging a few to move around. We can slice it 6 ways to Sunday but it will be exciting to watch this franchise grow after a second Super Bowl victory. 2013 will be fun.
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