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Where the Ravens stand: Eight of the Ravens' nine linebackers return. Terrell Suggs is coming off a Pro Bowl season that included 11 sacks. Ray Lewis is committed to returning for his 16th season. Jarret Johnson is entering the final year of his contract. The Ravens could open up the competition again at inside linebacker between Jameel McClain, Dannell Ellerbe and Tavares Gooden.

Chances that the Ravens draft a LB in first three rounds: High. It's become a priority to find a complimentary pass rusher to Suggs. The Ravens thought they had filled that need by using a second-round pick last year on Sergio Kindle, who missed all of last season with a head injury. This could be the year where the Ravens upgrade the inside linebacker job next to Ray Lewis, which has been unstable since Bart Scott went to the New York Jets.

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Possibly on Ravens radar: OLB – Aldon Smith (Missouri), Cameron Jordan (Cal), J.J. Watt (Wisconsin), Ryan Kerrigan (Purdue), Brooks Reed (Arizona), Jabaal Sheard (Pittsburgh), Akeem Ayers (UCLA), Sam Acho (Texas). ILB – Casey Matthews (Oregon), Martez Wilson (Illinois), Greg Jones (Michigan State).

Outlook: There is plenty of first-round talent here, but the top ones (Smith, Jordan, Watt and Kerrigan) are expected to go in the top 20. Reed and Sheard are marginal first-round picks. Reed plays in the mold of Jarret Johnson but doesn't have much upside. Sheard is an explosive talent but he has character issues. If the Ravens are looking to find another leader in the middle, one of the best prospects in that area is Matthews. The brother of Clay, the runner-up for NFL defensive player of the year, Matthews could go anywhere from the second to fourth round. Wilson has great instincts but he has an injury history.

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