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Ravens' Newsome to talk about draft

In little more than an hour, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome will meet with the Baltimore media to talk about the 2009 college draft and the team's prospects. Of course, he will speak in generalities and divulge little about the Ravens' plans.

But everybody in the NFL does it. Meets the media, that is, to drum up interest. As if there isn't enough already.

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Newsome has done a good job patching holes with veterans in the offseason, especially in the secondary, where the Ravens lost Chris McAlister, Samari Rolle and Jim Leonhard. Getting Domonique Foxworth to start and Chris Carr to play nickel were coups, and removed the need to take a corner with the 26th pick in the draft.

Wide receiver is another issue, however. Unless the team can sign Torry Holt, cut by the Rams, there is a desperate need to upgrade -- or at least improve the depth of -- the receiving corps.

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Newsome espouses the theory of taking the best player on the board when the Ravens pick, regardless of position. He could easily do that, although passing on a receiver at this point may be difficult. Especially if Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey, with his 4.3 speed and prototypical size, somehow drops to their pick.

Then there's the prospect, however unlikely, that tight end Brandon Pettigrew could slide to the Ravens. He ran a slow 40 in the combine, but is the best combination receiver-blocker at his position.

Don't expect much of importance to be passed along today, but at least the Ravens will speak to the issue at hand.

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