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Plenty of early options for Ravens

Updated: March 27, 2013, 12:30 PM ET
By Steve Muench

Free-agent signings and trades alter the landscape in terms of team needs and draft strategies every spring. Taking value over need is a lot easier when a team fills its most glaring weaknesses before draft weekend. On the other hand, organizations that fail to address their biggest needs are more likely to reach to fill them and have it backfire.

How has offseason movement affected the AFC North so far in 2013? Here's a look at how additions and subtractions could affect the draft plans of each team in the division.

Baltimore Ravens
With teams eager to acquire players with championship experience, it's tough for Super Bowl winners to keep their rosters intact. The Ravens kept QB Joe Flacco in the fold with a huge raise, but they were raided otherwise. Baltimore has seen FS Ed Reed, ILB Dannell Ellerbe, DC Cary Williams, OLB Paul Kruger and SS Bernard Pollard all sign elsewhere, while ILB Ray Lewis has retired and WR Anquan Boldin was traded to the San Francisco 49ers.

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