1. Running back (if the Ravens trade Willis McGahee):
The Ravens continue to say that McGahee is in their plans for 2010, but a team looking for a starting running back could be willing to pay a pretty price for a guy who had 14 total touchdowns and averaged five yards per carry in 2009. Obviously, the Ravens don't want to lose that kind of production, but it might be smart to unload McGahee for a pick or two while his value has peaked. The Ravens could then use a pick to take a younger, cheaper alternative to spell Ray Rice.
Three names to remember: Jonathan Dwyer (Georgia Tech), Montario Hardesty (Tennessee), Toby Gerhart (Stanford)
2. Quarterback (should the Ravens grant Troy Smith's wish):
Much has been made about Smith's zany, attention-loving agent, Ralph Cindrich, saying his client would "crawl" to Cleveland to play for his hometown team, the Browns. But it doesn't seem Smith's advances will be reciprocated by Mike Holmgren, and no other teams have knocked Newsome's socks off with an offer for the backup QB. Still, if the Ravens, who are confident in John Beck, get an offer for Smith — or simply get tired of his agent's shenanigans — they could unload him. If they do, they'll probably look for a project in the later rounds to develop behind Flacco, perhaps someone with a versatile skill set similar to that of Smith.
Three names to remember: Daryll Clark (Penn State), John Skelton (Fordham), Armanti Edwards (Appalachian State)
3. Safety (in case Ed Reed does the unthinkable and actually retires):
Make no mistake, there's no replacing Reed should he hang up his cleats this offseason. The longer we wait for Reed to announce his decision, the more likely it is that he's returning for another season, though. Either way, the Ravens will continue to look his eventual replacement. They drafted safeties Haruki Nakamura and Tom Zbikowski two years ago to get younger at the position, and they could grab another young safety next month. Another smart idea would be drafting a mad scientist who can clone Reed. The player closest to fitting that mold is Myron Rolle, who is a Rhodes Scholar, but I'm not sure he possesses that kind of scientific know-how. I'm looking into it, but I'll put him on the list just in case.
Three names to remember: Taylor Mays (USC), Chad Jones (LSU), Rolle (Oxford)