Under Contract: Tyrod Taylor
UFA: Joe Flacco
PS: Dennis Dixon
Joe Flacco will be re-signed, so no need to worry there. This isn't much of a need, but the team may decide to use a late round pick on a developmental guy. Tyrod could be in danger next year.
Nothing has really changed from the above. Flacco is still the future, while the backup position is Tyrod's to lose right now.
Under Contract: Ray Rice, Bernard Pierce, Vonta Leach (FB)
Rights Held: Anthony Allen, Bobby Rainey, Damien Berry
Again, there isn't much of a need here. The team may decide to use a late round pick on a RB for depth purposes, but it's doubtful since all of our RFAs will likely be signed. Ray Rice, Vonta Leach, and Bernard Pierce are locks.
I have nothing to add at the midseason point. What is said above still holds true.
Under Contract: Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones, Tandon Doss, Tommy Streeter, David Reed
Rights Held: Deonte Thompson, LaQuan Williams
Torrey is the only guarantee here. No Boldin? He's a prime cut candidate with his salary. I'm not sure the team would make this move, but it's possible. Jacoby will likely get cut. We'd most likely have Torrey, Doss, Q2, Deonte, and Streeter heading into next year if they decided to cut Boldin. A WR is a possibility, but not the most important since it's likely Boldin will stay. Just throwing out the possibilities.
It looks like Jacoby has done enough to warrant a spot on the team next year. Boldin has his games, but completely disappears in some as well. All signs point to Doss taking over his role. Torrey, Doss, Jacoby, Deonte, and Streeter seem likely at this point. Again, if a good player falls, they'll take him. Skill positions aren't needed in this draft.
Rights Held: Ed Dickson, Dennis Pitta
UFA: Billy Bajema
Dickson and Pitta will almost assuredly be re-signed. Bajema will head back out on the FA market. The team could opt to draft a late round blocker or hit up the FA market again. Not a big need.
Dickson seems to have fallen out of favor, and if some team makes an offer, the Ravens might not match it. I could see a late round pick being used on a TE if that's the case, but it's not a huge need with Pitta being the primary target.
Under Contract: Kelechi Osemele, Matt Birk, Marshal Yanda, Michael Oher, Jah Reid, Gino Gradkowski, Bobbie Williams
Rights Held: Ramon Harewood
UFA: Bryant McKinnie
Retirement: Matt Birk?
PS: Jack Cornell, Antoine McClain
Clearly the biggest need. 3 to 4 starters are set, and LT is a huge hole. Bobbie Williams will likely be let go, so expect multiple picks to be used on offensive lineman, both exterior and interior. LT?/Oher - Osemele/LG? - Birk/Gradkowski - Yanda - Oher/Osemele seems to be the preliminary depth chart for now. Reid and Harewood are unknowns at this point. Too much uncertainty to leave untouched in the draft.
This was an unexpected change. OL is still a need, but not as big of one as originally thought. Oher, Osemele, Yanda, and Birk/Gradkowski all seem to slot in on the line next year. We still have some young depth. I'd still expect a pick or 2 to go to OL, but it's not as crucial as it seemed before the season.
Under Contract: Haloti Ngata, Terrence Cody, Pernell McPhee, DeAngelo Tyson
Rights Held: Arthur Jones, Bryan Hall
UFA: Ma'ake Kemoeatu, Ryan McBean
The starters are pretty much set. Jones will be back to go along with McPhee, Cody, and Ngata on the line. Tyson is good depth. Hall is an unknown, and Kemo will likely hit the FA market again since he's on a 1 year deal. A late round depth pick could be used, but this position is pretty solid.
Well, here's the biggest change. Ngata is the only one on the line performing. Cody has sucked. Jones and McPhee have been mediocre at best. Expect multiple picks, including one high pick, to be used on the defensive line.
Under Contract: Ray Lewis, Jameel McClain, Brendon Ayanbadejo
Rights Held: Josh Bynes
UFA: Dannell Ellerbe, Ricky Brown
Retirement: Ray Lewis?
PS: Nigel Carr
McClain will definitely be in the middle. Everyone else is a big question mark. Ray Lewis could finally hang them up. Ayanbadejo is a ST guy for the most part. Ellerbe could head elsewhere. Expect the team to use a high to mid round pick to shore up the middle, even though MLB isn't as big of a need anymore throughout the league.
The same still hold true, although Ellerbe seems poised to get a nice offer. McClain hasn't been living up to his contract, but he'll still be in the middle next year. I still expect a high to mid round pick to be used on MLB.
Under Contract: Terrell Suggs, Courtney Upshaw
Rights Held: Albert McClellan, Michael McAdoo
UFA: Paul Kruger
PS: Adrian Hamilton, Sergio Kindle
Hopefully Upshaw or Kruger can put it together and make it easy to bypass this in the draft. Regardless of whether they prove themselves or not, a multitude of pass rushers is a plus, so expect to see a pick or two go into OLB. I personally expect Kruger to be back, so a guy in the mold of Antwan Barnes may be the pick.
Suggs and Upshaw are the starters next year. McClellan will likely be back since he's playing pretty well. Kruger is an unknown, so I expect a mid to late round pick to be used on a pass rushing linebacker. Suggs coming back has been huge, and it's only been 1 game.
Under Contract: Lardarius Webb, Jimmy Smith, Corey Graham, Chykie Brown, Asa Jackson
UFA: Cary Williams
Whether or not CB is addressed in the draft depends on Cary. If he re-signs, then it's unlikely we'd spend a draft pick on a CB. If he goes elsewhere, maybe they go for one in the mid to late rounds. It's not a big need, but something to at least consider.
CB has turned into a need. Cary Williams is likely to leave during FA. Webb tore his ACL, so his recovery is kind of cloudy at this point. Jimmy Smith hasn't been playing too well, although there's still time for him. There's just too much uncertainty for us not to address the position, whether that be in the draft or free agency.
Under Contract: Bernard Pollard, Christian Thompson
UFA: Ed Reed, James Ihedigbo, Sean Considine, Emanuel Cook
Retirement: Ed Reed?
PS: Omar Brown, Anthony Levine
Ed Reed will either re-sign or retire. Regardless, it's time to look to a replacement. Thompson may or may not be the guy. Whether or not the team deems it as a need remains to be seen. Either way, a S will be picked somewhere in the draft, early or late.
Pollard is still the starter at SS, and Reed is likely to be the starter at FS. Thompson is the only sure backup, so still expect a pick to be used. The safety class is pretty good this year, so we may wait and pick one up later than expected.
Under Contract: Sam Koch
Rights Held: Morgan Cox, Justin Tucker
All of these guys will be on the roster next year. Even if something happens to one of them, don't expect a draft pick to be used.
Nothing to add, except Tucker has been as good as advertised.
LT, MLB, FS, OLB are the biggest needs, with some other positions being worthy of depth/talent available picks.
Midseason Final Notes:
DL, OL (TBD), MLB, FS, with potential for CB and OLB are now the biggest needs in the 2013 draft.
Edited by rmw10, 29 October 2012 - 11:47 AM.