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Post-draft depth chart: Linebackers

A position-by-position look at the Ravens after the draft:


Starters: Terrell Suggs (OLB), Ray Lewis (ILB), Dannell Ellerbe (ILB), Jarret Johnson (OLB).


Top backups: Sergio Kindle (OLB), Brendon Ayanbadejo (ILB), Tavares Gooden (ILB), Antwan Barnes (OLB), Jameel McClain (OLB-ILB).

Reserves: Prescott Burgess (OLB), Mike McLaughlin (undrafted ILB, Boston College), Jason Phillips (ILB), William VanDeSteeg (OLB), Albert McClellan (undrafted OLB, Marshall).


Biggest change: The Ravens shook up their coaching staff, hiring Dean Pees (linebackers) and Ted Monachino (outside linebackers). Pees, the former defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots, replaces Vic Fangio. Monachino fills a role that had been vacant for a year (Mike Pettine was the last one to coach outside linebacker before becoming the New York Jets' defensive coordinator) and reunites with Terrell Suggs, who played under him at Arizona Sate.

Top offseason storyline: The Ravens used their first pick in the draft on Texas' Kindle, who will initially back up Johnson. If Kindle's play forces his way onto the field more, Johnson could move to the inside at times.

Burning questions: How many sacks will Suggs record after having a career-low 4 ½ last season? And how much will Ellerbe improve after starting last season as an undrafted rookie?

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