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

Where the Ravens stand: There's a lot of questions beyond Ray Rice, who enters his third season as the starting running back after back-to-back seasons of 1,700-plus total yards from scrimmage. Willis McGahee, the Ravens' top red-zone running back, is expected to get cut because he is scheduled to make $6 million in 2011. Le'Ron McClain, a two-time Pro Bowl fullback, will likely become an unrestricted free agent. Coaches are high on backup running back Jalen Parmele, who didn't have one carry last season. The Ravens re-signed Jason McKie, a backup fullback.

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Chances that the Ravens draft a RB in first three rounds: Moderate. It won't happen in the first two rounds, but there could be some urgency to find a quality backup starting around the third round because free agency is expected to take place after the draft this year. The Ravens have always been diligent to have a reliable No. 2 back ever since they were caught short-handed in 2001. But the Ravens have drafted only two tailbacks this early in the past eight drafts: Musa Smith (third round, 2003) and Ray Rice (second round, 2008).

Possibly on Ravens radar: RB -- Shane Vereen (Cal), Roy Helu (Nebraska), John Clay (Wisconsin), Jordan Todman (Connecticut), Delone Carter (Syracuse) and Stevan Ridley (LSU). FB – Owen Marecic (Stanford), Charles Clay (Tulsa), Shaun Chapas (Georgia), Stanley Havili (USC).

Outlook: If the Ravens will part ways with McGahee, they'll need to find a strong insider runner to replace him. Vereen, a third-round prospect, proved to be a more powerful in between-the-tackles runner than his predecessor Jahvid Best. Helu, who is projected to go in the fourth or fifth round, impressed scouts at the Senior Bowl with his size and speed. John Clay, Carter and Ridley are all over 220 pounds and can take on tacklers.

As far as fullback, the Ravens might need to find a starter if McClain goes elsewhere in free agency. There's little panic because the Ravens have landed Pro Bowl fullbacks in the 2003 draft (Ovie Mughelli) and 2007 one (McClain). Marecic, who could go as early as the third round, is the consensus top fullback because he's a triple threat: a blocker, ball carrier and receiver. He also made news by playing linebacker, too.

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