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Preston weighs in on the Ravens picks

The second day of the draft went well for the Ravens. They might regret not moving up one slot and getting Arizona tight end Rob Gronkowski, but overall they filled some major needs.

Texas outside linebacker Sergio Kindle is a risky pick, but he has a huge upside. The kid plays hard and has a strong motor, and he hurts players when he tackles them, especially quarterbacks.

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I'm not that concerned about his knees. I think the Ravens have demonstrated in the past that they do well as far as checking the health records of players who had major injuries in college. At first, I wasn't excited about Kindle, but after the interview session, you could tell this kid has a spirit and passion for the game.

The Ravens also selected Alabama defensive tackle Terrence Cody in the second round. I would have preferred that the Ravens got a more versatile performer, a tackle that could play both the run and be effective as a pass rusher. But once you get out of the first round, you have to deal with limitations. Cody will be a factor as a run stopper, and he should eventually replace Kelly Gregg at nose guard in the future.

I like the pick of Oregon tight end Ed Dickson. He has good speed and can become a vertical threat. He isn't much of a blocker, but there aren't many complete tight ends in the NFL these days. I think Dickson will surprise some people this season, and the Ravens needed a tight end because Todd Heap was the only one on the roster.

If you count the additions the Ravens made in free agency and the picks they added Friday, the Ravens have had a pretty good offseason.

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