The Baltimore Ravens have a tall order this time around in the NFL draft. The Ravens defense not only lost two future Hall-of-Famers, but they also lost the two defenders who lined up next to the star veterans last season. The Ravens have received credit for building successfully through the draft, and this credit was legitimized with an unexpected playoff run that ended in confetti. The team will have to live up to their reputation for drafting well to remain contenders in 2013 and beyond.
With the retirement of legendary inside linebacker Ray Lewis, the loss of inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe in free agency, and doubt following the season-ending spinal injury to inside linebacker Jameel McClain, an opposing offense lining up against the Ravens today would being staring wide-eyed at the void in the middle of the Ravens defense.