Mike Preston: Ravens need to draft a 'tough guy'

@MikePrestonSun says Ravens need to draft a 'tough guy' a la Ray Lewis or Ed Reed.

In round two of the NFL draft tonight, I hope the Ravens get some tough guys regardless if it is on offense or defense, preferably defense. This team has been void of Alpha males since winning the Super Bowl in 2013. Following that championship game, middle linebacker Ray Lewis retired and head coach John Harbaugh purged the team of tough guys like safeties Bernard Pollard and Ed Reed.

Ever since the 2015 season ended, we've waited in anticipation of the Ravens to draft a difference maker, an impact player, especially on defense. But on Thursday night, they drafted Notre Dame offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley. He'll fit in with the Ravens offensive line because except for right guard Marshal Yanda, there is not a physical mauler among the group.

Maybe the Ravens will take a chance today. Maybe they'll select UCLA linebacker Myles Jack or Eastern Kentucky linebacker Noah Spence. They both have different types of issues, but both are regarded as playmakers.

I think every coach, regardless of the sport, wants to work with great, coachable players. But in the NFL, every team has to have a few knuckleheads. Unfortunately, those knuckleheads are sometimes the best players regardless if they play wide receiver, running back, quarterback or defensive line. With the Ravens, they don't have many except for receiver Steve Smith, outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, Yanda and maybe newly acquired safety Eric Weddle.

Maybe tonight, they will get some. It's not too late. There are still plenty of knuckleheads left on the draft board.

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