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Wilson upgrades Ravens corners, but how much?

The Ravens are no doubt a better team after trading for Seahawks cornerback Josh Wilson -- a good move by Baltimore GM Ozzie Newsome. Wilson, 25, is on the smaller side, but he's fast and athletic and has started 24 games in his career. The Ravens needed a starting-caliber cornerback, and this former second-round pick out of Maryland fits the bill.

But how much better is the Ravens' cornerbacking crew this morning than it was before the trade went down last night?

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It's still a below-average group, but it shouldn't keep you up at night. Well, unless you're a light sleeper or the Ravens are playing Tom Brady, Drew Brees or Matt Schaub the next afternoon.

The cornerbacks were the Ravens' biggest question mark entering training camp -- and that was before Domonique Foxworth went down. Wilson more or less fills the void for Foxworth, his former Terps teammate and a comparable player, and the Ravens are back to square one.

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"He's an extremely fiery and aggressive player, and I think he's very talented," Foxworth said in a statement. "I know his personality fits into what we're building here. Josh is a no-nonsense type of guy that fits in with this defense and what it means to be a Raven."

Wilson is in the final year of his contract, which explains why the Seahawks were willing to deal him for a conditional fifth-round pick. That was a more-than-reasonable fee for Newsome, whose Ravens are in must-win mode in 2010. Re-signing Wilson in the offseason would be a bonus.

It's unclear if Wilson will start in Week 1 -- he hasn't even practiced with the team yet -- but you have to figure he'll force his way into the starting lineup once he figures out the defense. Chris Carr is best suited as a nickel back, and Fabian Washington and Lardarius Webb are wild cards.

If the rest of the defense can hold up its end of the bargain -- most notably the pass rush -- the Ravens should be able to survive the regular season with this improved, but still lackluster group of cornerbacks. Getting Ed Reed back on the field would certainly help those guys out, too.

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