The Ravens' backfield could soon have a different look. The team may pick a fullback or backup running back because Le'Ron McClain could be an unrestricted free agent and Willis McGahee likely will be released.
Adding younger players to the mix is something Ray Rice believes he could handle entering his fourth NFL season.
"One thing I know now is I'm a veteran," Rice said. "I can teach a little bit more when I out there playing. It's one of those situations where I hope Le'Ron McClain is in front of me. But with the situation going on, you can only wish for the best. Whoever is in front of me, with the leadership ability I have now, it's going to be a great experience."
The top fullbacks in the draft are: Stanford's Owen Marecic and USC's Stanley Havili. The Ravens could also look at selecting a big-bodied running back who can complement Rice like Roy Helu (Nebraska), John Clay (Wisconsin), Jordan Todman (Connecticut), Delone Carter (Syracuse) and Stevan Ridley (LSU).
"I'm looking forward to Ozzie [Newsome, general manager] doing his thing," Rice said. "I'm sure it'll be an interesting draft. Regardless of the lockout, I'll still be tuned in because obviously whoever we pick will be on our team."
Rice spoke Tuesday at NACA Freedom & Democracy II School, which had the highest participation of any Baltimore City school in Fuel Up to Play 60, a nutrition and fitness program aimed at battling childhood obesity.
"What you put into your body is what you're going to get out of it," Rice told the students. "As far as fitness, that 60 minutes of working out a day doesn't have to be in the gym lifting weights. That could be jump-roping, running or any sort of exercise. Putting the right food in your body and exercising is very important. That's something I take a lot of pride in."
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