NFL.com did a great story, breaking down the needs for all the teams in the league. For most Ravens fans, we are obviously interested in our team's needs, but also are most curious s to what our closest competition in the conference, much less the AFC North needs as well.
NFL.com gives us a summary of what teams gained and lost in free agency and how that affects their draft boards, which should be seriously shaping up with just two weeks until the prime time NFL Draft starts on April 22nd at 7pm. The article states how the Ravens bolstered their receiving corps over the last two months and now need to focus on reloading their defensive line after losing two veterans, Justin Bannan and Dwan Edwards, to free agency. The team then added Cory Redding, who the article only labeled as a "stop gap measure."
(More on this and the link to the story after the 'Jump.')
NFL.com's assessment of the Ravens' needs also talk about the possible future retirement of safety Ed Reed as well as the "glaring need" for depth in the secondary due to late season injuries to two key DB's (Lardarius Webb, Fabian Washington).
Throughout the past couple of months since the season ended, we've been debating what the Ravens need to do come the Draft, much less free agency. However, the final date to sign other teams' Restricted Free Agents is April 15th, so unless any other deals are made shortly, teams will have to wait until after the Draft to fill out their rosters for the OTA's, which will start shortly thereafter. The Ravens still have holes to fill and only have five draft picks at this point, pending future deals prior to and perhaps even during the Draft itself. As alway, it seems that only Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome truly knows which direction the team will be going two weeks from Thursday evening.
Click here to see the story on NFL.com.