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Sports Illustrated Mock Draft Has Ravens Looking In Trenches

Sports Illustrated put out a 2012 Mock Draft after the BCS Title Game. They looked at how they predict the rest of the playoffs and Super Bowl to pan out (don't get too excited, Baltimore Ravens fans), and based the selection order on that prediction. Without giving out too much information, they don't have the Ravens picking either 31st or 32nd (horrors!).

A few of the previous Mock Drafts I've seen this early in the process have the Ravens going for an inside linebacker to groom for the possible retirement of Ray Lewis at some point in the near future. However, in this draft, Sports Illustrated has the Ravens looking into the offensive trenches.

The possibility of losing guard Ben Grubbs, who is a free agent after the season, is a decision the team will have to look at. Paying right guard Marshal Yanda could limit the price they'd want to pay for two guards making a ton of money,especially with questions at center and left tackle on the line, much less the need to focus on keeping DT Haloti Ngata, RB Ray Rice and QB Joe Flacco in purple for a long, long time.