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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Wake-up caw: Ravens need to draft a WR?

By Jamison Hensley

If the season ended today, the Baltimore Ravens would be out of the playoffs for the first time since 2007. If the NFL draft was held today, The Baltimore Sun's Mike Preston thinks the Ravens need a big, fast wide receiver to complement Torrey Smith.

"If the Ravens need a blueprint, just look at the Bears," Preston wrote. "They started some quarterback named Josh McCown and two rookies on the right side of the offensive line, guard Kyle Long and tackle Jordan Mills. But at wide receiver, they had 6-foot-3, 213-pound Alshon Jeffery and 6-foot-4, 230-pound Brandon Marshall."

At this point, adding a wide receiver is more of a luxury than a need. The biggest need on offense is the line, where the Ravens have to upgrade at center and replace a starter at tackle (Eugene Monroe and Michael Oher are free agents and it'll be tough to re-sign both). Run blocking and pass protection has been too poor for the Ravens to ignore the line this offseason.

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