Skinny: The 7th-round pick last April had three carries all season and was inactive for the Ravens' final 13 games. Assuming Ricky Williams returns, Allen will need a good preseason to make next year's roster. (Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun /August 25, 2011)
At last week’s season-ending news conference, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome made the team’s offseason needs clear: offensive line help, a pass rusher and another wide receiver.
It sounds like the Ravens might be able to take care of a couple of those needs in April’s NFL draft.
According to Ravens director of college scouting Joe Hortiz, the strongest positions in this year’s draft are quarterbacks, defensive linemen and wide receivers. Obviously, the Ravens aren’t in the market for a QB, but they can nab a receiver and a pass rusher in the first couple days of the draft -- maybe one as early as the 29th overall pick.
The Ravens could use a defensive end-linebacker hybrid to pair with star outside linebacker Terrell Suggs.
“You’re probably going to see a lot of defensive lineman go in the first round again,” Hortiz told the team’s website
As for the wide receivers, Oklahoma State star Justin Blackmon is out of the question at No. 29. But the Ravens might select another top wideout such as South Carolina’s Alshon Jeffery or Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd.
“I think receivers are a strong group,” Hortiz said. “It’s helped because the seniors are a strong group.”
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