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With the NFL Combine starting Thursday, The Sun takes a look at all the positions and assesses the Ravens' needs.

Where the Ravens stand: The Ravens have one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL in Haloti Ngata, who was given the franchise tag this month. A decision will have to made over the future of nose tackle Kelly Gregg (due $3.5 million this season) because the Ravens might feel the need to start second-round pick Terrence Cody in 2011. Cory Redding is entering the final year of his contract. The Ravens have been developing dependable backups in Brandon McKinney, Lamar Divens, Arthur Jones and Paul Kruger.

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Chances that the Ravens draft a DE in first three rounds: Moderate. The Ravens could address the need for a young pass-rushing defensive end. Trevor Pryce surprisingly left at the start of last season after being cut, Redding turns 31 during his contract season and Kruger has failed to live up to expectations. There is no need to draft an interior lineman this early. The Ravens have quality young depth at defensive tackle.

Possibly on Ravens radar: Cameron Jordan (Cal), Cameron Heyward (Ohio State), J.J. Watt (Wisconsin), Steen Friday (Virginia Tech), Muhammad Wilkerson (Temple).

Outlook: Jordan could have pushed himself to the top of the first round with a dominant Senior Bowl showing. Heyward, a big-bodied run stuffer who is the son of late Craig "Ironhead" Heyward, should be available at the bottom of the first round. Watt is a bullying defensive end who could creep into the bottom of the first round. The biggest riser could be Wilkerson, who has vaulted himself into a top-25 prospect after flashing a lot of potential in one of the weaker conferences.

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