OWINGS MILLS - The Baltimore Ravens took Virginia defensive lineman Brent Urban and Coastal Carolina running back Lorenzo Taliaferro with their first two picks Saturday.
The Ravens took Urban with the first of their two fourth-round picks.
They took Taliaferro with the second four picks later.
Taliaferro helps Baltimore address arguably its most pressing concern heading into the draft.
Ravens starting back Ray Rice was arrested in February and charged with third-degree aggravated assault. Even if he does not go to jail, he could be suspended by the NFL.
Meanwhile, backup running back Bernard Pierce had shoulder surgery in January and will be sidelined from football activities until at least the beginning of training camp.
Baltimore signed journeyman Justin Forsett, but the 6-foot, 230-pound Taliaferro adds the big, power-type of running back the Ravens were looking for to complement Rice and Pierce.
"He's a good, hard-nosed, aggressive runner," Baltimore director of college scouting Joe Hortiz said.
Taliaferro also gives the team another option at running back should Rice be suspended.
He ran for 1,779 yards and 27 touchdowns in helping lead Coastal Carolina to the playoffs last year. He also impressed at the Senior Bowl in January.
His primary damage came as a runner, but Hortiz said Taliaferro also has soft hands out of the backfield. He also referred to Taliaferro as an outstanding pass protector and anticipates Taliaferro being a contributor on special teams as well.
Hortiz said Ravens special teams coach Jerry Rosburg watched Taliaferro closely at the Senior Bowl and "felt strong about Lorenzo's performance in the Senior Bowl and his willingness to play on all aspects of [special teams] and his size, speed combination."
"When you factor that into his running and receiving ability and pass protection along with special teams value, that's what you really want to get out of a third-day back, a guy that can help you out on offense and [special] teams," Hortiz said.
As for Urban, Baltimore had been high on him since the fall.
He missed time last year because of a high ankle sprain, but he has prototypical 3-4 defensive end size at 6-foot-7, 295 pounds.
The Ravens have Chris Canty at defensive end, but he will be 32 in November and will be a free agent after this season.
Urban could be Canty's successor while providing depth at defensive end in the short-term.
"With Urban, what you're looking at is a guy who's coming off an injury, and that's probably why he fell on some teams' boards, but he's got the potential to develop into a starting [3-4 defensive end]," Hortiz said.
Urban was a two-year starter at Virginia and was an honorable mention All-ACC selection last season despite playing in just eight games because of the ankle injury.
He had surgery on the ankle in early February and said he expects to be ready to resume football activities around late May or early June.