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

Linebackers

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Where the Ravens stand now: The Ravens have a current Pro Bowl player (Ray Lewis), a former one (Terrell Suggs) and someone who should have made it (Jarret Johnson). The other starter was the biggest surprise on the team (undrafted rookie Dannell Ellerbe). The quality of the Ravens' depth depends on who reaches their potential. The Ravens' backups include Antwan Barnes, Tavares Gooden, Jameel McClain, Prescott Burgess and Paul Kruger.

Linebackers (hybrid or otherwise) who could be on Ravens' radar: OLB Brandon Graham, Michigan (first round); OLB-MLB Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri (first round); OLB Jerry Hughes, Texas Christian (second round); OLB Brandon Lang, Troy (fourth or fifth round); OLB Danny Batten, South Dakota State (sixth or seventh round), OLB Vuna Tuihalamaka, Arizona (sixth or seventh round) and OLB Brandon Sharpe, Texas Tech (sixth or seventh round).

Priority: Low to moderate. The Ravens could look to find the eventual replacement for Ray Lewis (who turns 35 next month) or Johnson (signed through 2011). But there are far more pressing needs elsewhere from tight end to defensive line to cornerback.

Still, drafting a linebacker can't be ruled out. One of the Ravens' priorities is upgrading their pass rush. Graham, who isn't expected to fall into the 20s, could become a special player. Hughes and Lang, who should be available after the first round, have explosive first steps.

Other top-rated linebackers: OLB-DE Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech; OLB-DE Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida; OLB Sergio Kindle, Texas; MLB Rolando McClain, Alabama; OLB-DE Everson Griffen, Southern California; OLB-DE Cory Wooton, Northwestern.

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