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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Baltimore Ravens Offseason

Baltimore Ravens - I covered the hiring of John Harbuagh in a previous post. So I'll try not to repeat myself. I do believe that hire sends a message of rebuilding in Baltimore. If they felt that they were close and were looking for continuity, they would have gone with Rex Ryan.
While I believe the new coaches primary concern should be if they believe Kyle Boller or Troy Smith can be the solution for them. I personally think Boller has seen all the chances he will get. Smith on the other hand I think has the potential and deserves another look. He probably would have gotten that look had Billick stayed. Harbuagh may not be to likely to gamble with the microscope he is likely to be under.
If Brian Brohm makes it to the Ravens pick they have to take him. Again Billick at the helm would leave some wiggle room where they could go defense, where they will likely lose Terell Suggs to free agency. They could possibly look to replace Jonathan Ogden who is likey to retire. Harbuagh will almost certainly go with the safe pick. Brohm is a good prospect, who could end up being a steal this late. He would only have dropped this far based on the poor play of his Louisville Cardinals.

Here are the players by position where the Ravens have signicant need

Quarterback

  1. Matt Ryan, Boston College
  2. Brian Brohm, Louisville
  3. Andre Woodson, Kentucky

Defensive End

  1. Chris Long, Virginia
  2. Vernon Gholston, Ohio State
  3. Derrick Harvey, Florida
  4. Calais Campbell, Miami (FL)
  5. Phillip Merling, Clemson

Offensive Tackle

  1. Jake Long, Michigan
  2. Ryan Clady, Boise State
  3. Michael Oher, Mississippi
  4. Sam Baker, USC
  5. Jeff Otah, Pittsburgh
  6. Chris Williams, Vanderbilt

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