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Baltimore Ravens Monday Morning Mailbag: The Ravens are going 16-0 and winning the Super Bowl

Ok, farfetched, but how did the team improve?

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It’s that time of year where NFL fans around the league get hyped up or dissapointed with what their respective teams did in free agency. If you're a fan of the Ravens, Eagles, Patriots or Buccaneers you're likely ready to kick off the season right now. If you're a fan of the Cardinals or Redskins you're probably wondering how things could get worse. The fortunate thing is that this blog is aimed towards Raven’s fans so lets throw a party, they added arguably the best defensive player in this free agency class! As the dust starts to settle on free agency, we look to answer some of your questions, so without further adieu here we go!

@YashaYahu1 asks: Will we draft two or three big lineman since we are trying to build the line up? Which is a Bigger need a number two corner or number one WR?

Ah, great question. If Cam Robinson is there when the Ravens pick, I think they should draft him if they feel like he will fit at right tackle, but this is a bad year to need offensive linemen as the draft is very shallow when it comes to the group. You can always try to draft for depth, but there is no need to reach. The draft is rich with running back and defensive player talent, so it may be best to go best available. As for the second part of your question, I’m inclined to answer number one wide receiver. I like Tavon Young a lot and the draft is, once again, deep at corner so you can draft one in the second round if you feel the need to add at the position.

@D_Schneid14 asks: What have the other teams in the division done so far during free agency? (Besides Brock trade)

You can actually make the argument that the Steelers didn't really improve and the Bengals got worse. Pittsburgh is more focused on locking up Antonio Brown and Le”Veon Bell, so they were never going to make a splash. Cincinnati is a different story however. They were able to retain Dre Kirkpatrick, which I thought was a good move, but they lost two starters along the offensive line in Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler. It’s never easy to replace one member who plays at a high level, but to replace two players who have played well throughout their careers won't be easy by any means. As noted the Browns gained more draft capital, but whether or not they do something with it remains to be seen. All joking aside, the Browns made some good moves, as they were the ones that signed Zeitler away from Cincinnati and they replaced Terrelle Pryor with Kenny Britt who had the first 1,000 yard receiving season of his career last year. I like what the Browns did, but they won't compete next year, which was never the plan.

@ZordonKnowsAll asks: Is it a good assumption we take Williams or Davis if available in first round, then maybe grab a corner like king in the second?

I think the Ravens are in a position where they can take the most talented player on the board regardless of the position they play. I wouldn't rule out a wide receiver or a corner, especially the ones you mentioned, but King is similar to Young. Both physical corners that cover really well. If Williams or Davis are available I think they're hard to pass up, as it infuses more youth into the receiving core as the team looks to get younger.

@youheardmedawg asks: Should the Ravens try to get Donta Hightower?

I would say no. Hightower is a really good football player, but he’s limited more to stopping the run and blitzing as opposed to all-around play provided by players like Mosley and Orr. I believe he’s visiting with the Titans during free agency and they have a lot of money to offer if he ultimately decides to leave New England.

@mRw_24 asks: As the roster stands now, what would our starting O-Line look like?

From left tackle to right tackle I would say Ronnie Stanley, John Urschel, Jeremy Zuttah, Marshal Yanda and Alex Lewis. There are obviously some questions along the line and six more months of offseason affairs, but the team may look to bolster the interior within reason.

@Kyle_Maynard00 asks: Could Tabor or Jones be the pick in the second round?

I’m inclined to say that it couldn't hurt. The team needs depth at cornerback after the release of Shareece Wright and the likely release of Kyle Arrington. As I mentioned, this draft is loaded at cornerback and Jimmy Smith hasn't shown the ability to stay healthy. Both could be an option, especially id the Ravens elect to move on from Smith next year.

As always guys I appreciate the questions and we’ll do it again next week! Make sure to be on the lookout for the Tony Jefferson All-22 piece that will be coming out this week!