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OWINGS MILLS - To Eric DeCosta, the Baltimore Ravens' first pick in next week's NFL draft will likely be one of three players.

"I could give you three names, and it will be one of those three guys most likely," DeCosta, the Ravens' assistant general manager, said Wednesday.

But DeCosta obviously isn't sharing who those players are. And with as many areas as Baltimore would like to address in the draft, there are conceivably several different directions the Ravens could go with that top pick.

The good part for Baltimore is that this is considered one of the deepest and most talented draft classes in several years.

It also helps that the Ravens own a top-20 pick for the first time since 2008.

And whether it's a tight end, a defensive lineman, a safety or something else, the Ravens feel like they should be able to get an impactful player with that 17th overall pick.

"I'm excited because I see the quality of player that we can get," DeCosta said. "We haven't seen that type of player in a few years. We just can't miss the pick. We've got to nail the pick. But it's exciting to even be in that discussion to even get one of those guys."

The top concerns for Baltimore heading into the draft are likely running back, right tackle and free safety. However, the Ravens may not address any of those positions with their first pick.

Baltimore is high on Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin, a college left tackle whom many in league circles feel has the potential to be a high-level starter at either guard or right tackle. However, DeCosta believes each of the top four tackle prospects will be off the board by the time the Ravens pick at 17. That includes Martin.

Baltimore could take a free safety like Ha Ha Clinton-Dix from Alabama or Calvin Pryor from Louisville if they are available, but a player at another position may provide better value.

For example, Eric Ebron, widely considered the draft's top tight end prospect, may fall. The Ravens already have Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels at tight end, but Daniels will be 32 in November, and Ebron could provide a long-term weapon at that position to go along with Pitta.

A defensive lineman like Ra'Shede Hageman from Minnesota could also be of interest.

Baltimore already has Haloti Ngata and Chris Canty along the defensive line, but Ngata is 30 and Canty will be 32 in November.

Also, in the short term, Hageman would add competition for the defensive tackle job vacated by Arthur Jones.

"Hageman's a guy that's just physically gifted and talented, and you really started seeing all he could do once the Senior Bowl came around," Ravens director of college scouting Joe Hortiz said. "He got out there on a level playing field, and he really had a great performance out there."

An inside linebacker like C.J. Mosley from Alabama could also be of interest to Baltimore.

Coach John Harbaugh said earlier this offseason that the Ravens would like to add one or two inside linebackers to their current group.

Someone like Mosley could also put Baltimore in a good position for the future. The Ravens took Arthur Brown in the second round last year, but their other starting inside linebacker, Daryl Smith, is 32.

Baltimore is also interested in adding a wide receiver even after signing Steve Smith as a free agent.

The Ravens envision Torrey Smith and Marlon Brown being big parts of their future, but they would like to add another receiver to go along with at least those two.

Sammy Watkins from Clemson and Mike Evans from Texas A&M will both likely be off the board by the time Baltimore picks, but Odell Beckham from LSU could still be there.

Beckham isn't big. He's just 5-11, 198 pounds. But he is a playmaker and was a first-team All-SEC selection as an all-purpose player last season.

Some members of Baltimore's organization are also high on Oregon St. wide receiver Brandin Cooks, who some pundits compare to Steve Smith. However, the Ravens may not want to take him at 17.

It's also possible that Baltimore trades back and acquires more picks in later rounds.

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said Wednesday that he has already received phone calls from teams looking to trade up.

One way or another, though, Baltimore expects to find some impactful players in this year's draft, and that begins with that No. 17 overall pick.

"I don't know where this draft is going to stand in the 19 years that we've been doing this, but I do trust the information and the people that will be a part of the draft," Newsome said, "and I think that when we finish up on Sunday afternoon with the undrafted college free agents, we will bring in some players who are going to impact our football team, not only this year, but in years to come."

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