It's no secret that the Ravens were far from being the dominant force on defense that has gradually become the status quo for the team that has a legacy of great defenses. Baltimore's defense was plagued by injuries and aging, as evidenced by the Ravens placing near the bottom of most defensive statistical categories last year. While unavoidable injuries certainly played a part in the demise of a once-great defense, there are certainly some justifiable qualms about the group going forward. Fans definitely wouldn't be in the wrong for questioning the legitimacy of the secondary, as well as wondering who will replace the aging Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs on the edge.
So is a defensive overhaul in store for the Ravens? Based on some soundbites this week from Assistant General Manager Eric DeCosta, it seems as if the front office has its eye on a lot of defensive prospects in this year's draft.
DeCosta: "I think it's a strong defensive draft." Ravens have 35 more draftable defensive players on board than usual.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) April 5, 2016
With a handful of elite pass rushers and two top cornerbacks in the top 10 alone, DeCosta is certainly right in his assessment of the class. Upon initial inspection, this year's draft crop looks to be littered with dozens of prospects who could make an impact for a team defensively. Considering the Ravens' plethora of picks that they are armed with, I wouldn't be surprised at all to see the team go heavy on defense and pick up a few prospects that can be cogs in Baltimore's defensive machine.