Baltimore Ravens Draft Preview: Peter Konz, Kendall Wright, Chandler Jones on Baltimore's Radar?

The Ravens are looking to improve their team in the draft, which went 12-4 in 2011.
The Ravens are looking to improve their team in the draft, which went 12-4 in 2011. Reuters

The Ravens may have had their best year in 2011 since they won the Super Bowl over a decade ago.

Baltimore lost to New England in the AFC Championship game, and was a Lee Evans' dropped pass away from making it to the Super Bowl.

Baltimore's defense was dominant once again, allowing just 16.6 points per game. Quarterback Joe Flacco is still a question mark in some people's eyes, but the Ravens show no signs of replacing him, and Ray Rice remains one of the best running backs in the NFL.

The Ravens still have some holes to fill heading into the 2012 Season. Here are Baltimore's biggest draft needs, as well as some players they will target.

Offensive Line

The Ravens had a strong offensive line last year, but they still have room to improve. Pro Bowl guard Ben Grubbs left as a free agent to play for the Saints. Center Matt Birk is still with the team, but there are rumors that he could be retiring in the near future. Birk is 35 years old and will be entering his 14th season in 2012.

If the Ravens decide to draft an offensive lineman with the 29th pick in the first round, they'll likely go after center Peter Konz from Wisconsin. Konz could step in for Grubbs, and be Birk's eventually replacement. Amini Silatolu out of Midwestern State and Brandon Brooks from Miami of Ohio would be good second round options for Baltimore.

Wide Receiver

Baltimore has never been traditionally strong at wide receiver.

The Ravens thought they might have finally found a number one option when they traded for Anquan Boldin. Boldin has been an average wide out since joining the team in 2010, failing to receive 900 yards in either of his two seasons with the club. Torrey Smith had a good year as a rookie, but still has a lot to prove.

Wide receivers Kendall Wright from Baylor and Rueben Randle out of LSU will be on the Ravens radar in the first round. Baltimore will probably wait until round two to select a receiver. Chris Givens of Wake Forest is the best fit for the Ravens at number 60 overall.

Defensive Line

While not necessarily a weakness for the Ravens, Baltimore could certainly afford to improve its defensive line. The team lost starting defensive end Cory Redding and backup nose tackle Brandon McKinney to free agency.

Baltimore could go with Chandler Jones from Syracuse to replace Redding. Jones is a natural fit, as his brother Arthur is already on the team. If the Ravens decide to wait a round to take a defensive lineman, Jared Crick from Nebraska might be their best option.

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