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Now that the Jan. 15 deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL Draft has passed, the first set of mock drafts are out, with two players singled out as targets for the Ravens. Baltimore has the 27th pick in the draft, which will take place April 28-30.

• ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. believes that the Ravens will go with Miami cornerback Brandon Harris, and ESPN.com's James Walker thinks the pick would fill a big need for the team.

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The Ravens have a great track record of drafting quality players late in the first round. I can't say I know much about Harris at this juncture, but cornerbacks are in short supply in Baltimore. Keep in mind the healthy return of Domonique Foxworth may alleviate the need to take a corner so early, and I think the Ravens could get more help in other areas. A pass rusher to assist Pro Bowl defensive end/linebacker Terrell Suggs would help the defense tremendously. Someone I like for Baltimore is Ohio State defensive end Cameron Heyward, who I think would be a great fit for the Ravens if he falls this late. A deep threat at receiver could also help third-year quarterback Joe Flacco.

• Andrew Perloff of SI.com agrees with Kiper, tabbing Harris as the Ravens' first pick.

Harris could learn under the tutelage of fellow Hurricane Ed Reed and help solidify one of Baltimore's weak spots.

• Rob Rang of CBSSports.com has the Ravens selecting Florida offensive lineman Mike Pouncey, brother of Steelers rookie center Maurkice Pouncey.

Ozzie Newsome has proven his ability to restock the offensive and defensive lines throughout his career. Pouncey isn't quite the difference-maker inside that his brother, Maurkice, has been for the rival Steelers, but his versatility, size and agility make him a legitimate first-round pick. Far and away the best interior lineman in the 2011 draft.

• Chad Reuter posted his mock draft on CBSSports.com as well, and agrees that the younger Pouncey brother will end up in Baltimore.

Besides the team's need to get replace free agents and get younger in the middle, the Ravens could turn their rivalry with the Steelers into "brother against brother."

[Compiled by Jonathan Meoli]

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