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Baltimore Ravens Offseason Team Needs:

GM Ozzie Newsome has to add quality pass rushers to compliment aging stars Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil if they are looking to get back to Super Bowl-level dominance.

The Ravens are a franchise that has experienced more ups than downs. Owner Steve Bisciotti and GM Ozzie Newsome have built a formidable union that has plenty of core value in tact to help them sustain and grow into the foreseeable future. They’ve continually upgraded positions at the right moment and have had one of the most iconic defensive units that this generation has ever since.

They must go back to the well that they’ve been known to tap and use those efforts to cash in on picks from this upcoming draft class. Terrell Suggs was a premier pass rusher coming out of Arizona State. He’s getting long in the tooth and it is imperative to add a guy who could be added to the rotation and/or eventually supplant both Suggs and Dumervil. A perfect under the radar guy who could be a perfect scheme fit would be Florida State‘s DeMarcus Walker.

He can play in the 5-technique as a 3-4 defensive end, 6-technique or 7-technique as a 4-3 left end, 8-technique as a third defensive end (near a tight end), or the 9-technique as a 4-3 right end. Walker amassed 15 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss in 2016 while racking up 10.5 in 2015. His name is as recognizable as Myles Garrett or Derek Barnett but he could end up being the best player from this draft class on the defensive side of the ball. Stanford University’s Solomon Thomas would be a great alternative and has a tremendous upside. Both of these guys have Ravens’ blood written all over them.

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Steve Smith, Sr. is most likely hanging them upthe Ravens need to add talent for Joe Flacco to throw to.

“This is to notify you that as of today I, Steve Smith Sr., will no longer be antagonizing defensive backs. I am retiring from the National Football League.”

Virginia Tech wide receiver Isaiah Ford is a prospect who could fit right in as a vertical threat and would compliment Mike Wallace, Kamar Aiken, and Marlon Brown in a special way. Ford stands 6’2″, 190 with sub 4.4 speed. His route running needs some sharpening but the talent and intangibles are there. Isaiah was a leader for a Hokies team that had a changing of the guard with legend Frank Beamer retiring and former Memphis coach Justin Fuente taking over. Tech won the ACC Coastal division.

Ford finished 2016 with 79 catches for 1,094 yards and 7 scores and amassed 75 catches and 1,164 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015. He is a first-round talent that could be had in the 2nd-3rd round.

The Ravens just had to hit on a few spots for depth and potential starters and they’ll be in the running for the AFC North as usual.