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Position draft analysis: Defensive backs

Each day leading up to the NFL draft, The Sun will analyze a position on the Ravens and rank its priority:

Defensive backs

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Where the Ravens stand now: The Ravens have only two set starters in cornerback Domonique Foxworth and strong safety Dawan Landry. Two cornerbacks who started on the opposite side of Foxworth -- Lardarius Webb and Fabian Washington -- are coming off season-ending knee injuries. Washington is looking to return for the start of training camp, but Webb could miss the entire season. And then there is Ed Reed, who has yet to make a decision on whether he's returning or retiring. The Ravens are working under the assumption that he's coming back.

Defensive backs who could be on Ravens' radar: FS Earl Thomas (first round), Texas; CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State (first round); CB Patrick Robinson, Florida State (first round); CB Kareem Jackson, Alabama (first or second round); CB Devin McCourty, Rutgers (first or second round); CB-FS Chris Cook, Virginia (second round); SS T.J. Ward (fourth round); SS Larry Asante, Nebraska (third or fourth round); CB Terrence Johnson, California (Pa.) (seventh round).

Priority: Moderate. Looking at this cornerback group, the Ravens probably place a first-round grade on Wilson and have a second-round one on the rest. The team likely has Robinson, Jackson and McCourty lumped into the same group. If the Ravens trade back to late in the first round or early in the second, they would see value in selecting any one of them.

The Ravens also might feel the need to add more depth at safety. Even if Reed returns, he is expected to consider retirement after each season. Landry could also be a free agent next season. Tom Zbikowski looked solid in a few starts last season, and Haruki Nakamura is still recovering from broken ankle.

Other top-rated defensive backs: CB Joe Haden, Florida; FS Taylor Mays, USC; FS Nate Allen, South Florida; Jerome Murphy.

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