EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — For one week,
John Harbaugh's decision to replace offensive coordinatorRavens coach John Harbaugh knew that his move to replace offensive coordinator Marc Trestman with Marty Mornhinweg this past week wasn’t going to fix all of theThe focus will be on new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg’s impact on a struggling passing attack in his first game as play caller for the Ravens.On a day where money changed hands at a dizzying rate both before and after the free-agent market opened at 4 p.m., the Ravens stayed mostly quiet, but set themselves up to make moves in the days ahead.Former Ravens dot the rosters and coaching staffs of both Super Bowl 50 teams: the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers.Only now, a little over six weeks after the Rams traded him to the wide receiver-needy Ravens for a future seventh-round pick, does Chris Givens feel that he's found his comfort zone. As he prepares to face his former team Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, he's unburdened of the disappointment of diminished playing time in St. Louis and enjoying getting another chance.Although the rookie wide receiver and kick returner Tavon Austin has yet to play in an actual NFL game, he has already forged a lasting impression with his new teammates.The Ravens have done well in the past taking calculated gambles on players with legal issues. That includes former NFL Defensive Player of the Year outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, who was facing an felony aggravated assault case in Arizona when the Ravens drafted him 10th overall in the first round of the 2003 NFL draft. The case was later dismissed.With the Ravens needing to cut down their roster from 75 to 53 by 9 p.m. Friday night, there were jobs at stake but very few of the players on the roster bubble outside of Deonte Thompson distinguished themselves during a forgettable 31-17 loss to the Rams.The Ravens have a handful of needs. Most are not pressing. They have yet to address the offensive line this offseason and will be forced to do it in the draft. Even with the emergence of Torrey Smith a year ago, they are looking for another game-changer at wide receiver. Terrell Suggs lacks a true sidekick. And then there is the annual question about whether this is the year they need to prepare for life after Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. In my fifth and final first-round mock draft, I give you a semi-educated guess at whom the Ravens will select with the 29th pick. Is it still Wisconsin center Peter Konz? Read on to find out.The 2012 NFL draft is now just over a week away. Free agency has died down, and teams are shifting their focus to the draft to round out their rosters. The Ravens are no exception. Their primary needs are still the same as they were entering the offseason: offensive line help, a pass rusher and a receiver. This mock draft -- the fourth of five I will do before the draft -- doesn't account for trades. And remember, these are called "mock" drafts for a reason. Try not to take them too seriously, folks.The 2012 NFL draft is three weeks away, and though most teams have solidified their draft boards barring a few tweaks after prospects visit, the "silly season" of draft rumors is really starting to heat up. Need an example? How about the rumblings that the Colts are undecided about the first pick? But hey, I love mock drafts as much as you do, so allow me to contribute to the silly season with my third mock draft of the offseason.After a wild first week in free agency that was punctuated with Peyton Manning signing with the Denver Broncos, we have a better idea of what needs teams will address in April's NFL draft. So now seems like a good time for our second mock draft of the offseason. (This mock draft does not account for potential trades.) And remember, these are called "mock" drafts for a reason. Try not to take them too seriously.This year's NFL scouting combine begins Wednesday, unofficially marking the start of draft speculation season. Before the prospects are poked and prodded, though, staff writer Matt Vensel has taken his first crack at predicting the first round of April's NFL draft.The NFL scouting combine starts Feb. 22. In advance of the annual meat market in Indianapolis, staff writer Matt Vensel will examine each position and give Ravens fans the 4-1-1. In this post he looks at cornerbacks.