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[News] Ravens May Eye Pass Rusher Early

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I'd say given the way the defense was this past season, Courtney Upshaw did just fine for his role and I would be foolish if I thought he would instantly become a better pass rusher than even Demarcus Ware in his rookie year. Maybe he will be now that he has a year under his belt.
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Upshaw played pretty well this season. He will only get better as a pass rusher, but Upshaw is very good against the run. If we bring in someone, they will be 3rd down players. I think upshaw can develop into a decent pass rusher, giving us 6-8 sacks a season. Losing Kruger will hurt, but that might be a blessing is disguise.
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Jared Johnson was a good player, Paul Kruger's a good player! Both fit our scheme because then grew up under our scheme! Neither is a "game changer" - Terrell Suggs is a Game Changer!

Upshaw's on his way to becoming a good player, and may grow to become a game changer!

The question going forward is Kruger and Upshaw, I'm interested to see how they hunt now that Dannell Ellerbee's the "Big Dawg" in the middle!
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I have a good feeling this draft will be a winner. We have focused on offense for the past few years and now it's time for defense. If it's one thing Ozzy knows how to do it's spot the defensive stars of the bunch. It's his time to shine!
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Until we "eye up" Flaccos extremely hungry parasitic agent, Linta- how can we know what we are gonna do, until we know what we are gonna do with what we have or have not.
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[quote name='berad' timestamp='1361998171' post='1371534']
Potentially losing Paul and Sizzle still in recovery (hopefully can be fully speed in 2013) so this would make sense. We've been looking for a guy to pair with Sizzle for years but now he's 30 and coming off an Achilles injury.
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So what about Courtney Upshaw? He was drafted to play opposite of T-Sizzle. give him a chance. He jsut got finished his rookie season. I don't beleive we need a pass rusher if he turns out to be as good as everyone hopes he will be. Stick with picking an ILB and OT.
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Courtney Upshaw will be the starting OLB opposite Suggs. He really started to come on strong last season when the Ravens started moving him around. I look for him to have a big season next year. However Sizzle is 30 and coming off 2 serious injuries. I'm sure he'll be 100% this season but the Ravens have to start planning for life after Sizzle. Sounds odd because the guy still seems young but he'll be 32 at the end of deal and may just retire. With a SB ring now, Suggs may decide to focus on his Film Making career and the Ravens have to be prepared for that.

With that said, I don't think the Ravens go pass rush early. I think a guy like Brandon Jekins will be the guy. First round talent, falls to mid round because of injury. Sounds like a Ravens type pick. He'd fill that role left by Kruger and then take over for Suggs. Jenkins would bring a lot of speed off the edge. Plus he's a complete player, teams tried to run to his side and he stuff them down at FSU.

Jenkins and Upshaw would make a really good duo for years.
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Sign Kruger but don't forget Adrian Hamilton or Nigel Carr off the practice squad. How about Michael McAdoo? Two years on the IR must mean something. Sergio Kindle might be an answer. Why not go with Jones? and Pernell McPhee might be better than all those prospects. FIRST THOUGH get Joe under long term "insured" security that helps the salary cap. RESTRUCTURE,RESTRUCTURE,RESTRUCTURE and keep the Super Bowl players.
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I believe "we" need a run stopping tackle more than a pass riusher. T-Sizzle healthy is "our" pass rusher. K-man was adequate but the need is there. We also "NEED" Bryant McKinnie at LT if Joe is to be bombing away next year after he gives the Ravens the home town sweet deal that let's Ozzie surround him with talent. PAY JOE HIS MONEY !!!
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People often forget that Courtney Upshaw stepped in as a rookie, and played out of his head. Yes he isn't the ideal pass rushing threat of a 3-4 OLB, but he plays the run extremely well, much like Jarrett Johnson did for us for so many years. The only difference is that Upshaw hasn't found his pass rushing legs yet. Give him time.

As for the draft, if Margus Hunt is available at 32,I think you really have to debate about taking him. If not, hopefully trade the 32nd pick in the draft for a early-mid 2nd round pick, and perhaps a 3rd/4th round pick as well. the more picks you have, the more times you can take a gamble on guys that might not be in the picture if you only have 5-6 picks.
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1st we need to re-sign Ellerbe and then a DT to stop the run. Most important of all is a LT where McKinnie is too old and fat to be effective for an entire season. You pay $120.6M to Flacco then you must protect him. Maybe KO is the answer but the Ravens better have a plan or Joe will be running for his life.
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