Could West fit with Ravens?

Could West fit with Ravens?
January 25, 2014, 11:00 am
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Dec 13, 2013; Charleston, IL, USA; Towson Tigers running back Terrance West (28) scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Eastern Illinois Panthers at O'Brien Field.

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One of the biggest problems for the Ravens in 2013 was their running game -- or lack thereof. 

The Ravens ranked 30th in the NFL in rushing. Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce's production fell way off from the Super Bowl championship season of just one year before. They rarely could get any semblance of an attack on the ground, often thanks to the problems of the ineffective offensive line. 

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That's why it will be interesting to see what the Ravens do in the draft regarding running. Will the team pick another running back to help -- or challenge -- Rice and/or Pierce. And now, if so, could that be Towson running back Terrance West? The Baltimore Sun reported Saturday that West received an invite to the NFL scouting combine next month.

West ran for 2,509 yards and led the Tigers to the NCAA FCS national title game, where they lost to North Dakota State. He's 5-foot-11 and 223 pounds and gives any team lots of power and speed.

He's been projected as somewhere around the second or third round, but it would be an interesting pick for the Ravens for several reasons. After all, he's a hometown guy, having gone to high school (Northwestern) and college (Towson) in Baltimore, and there's no question of his skills. 

In the end, there's no question the Ravens are going to make moves to help their running game. Something's going to be done to the offensive line. That's a given. But what could be done in the backfield could be the really interesting question. Will the team say that Rice and Pierce had bad years simply because of the offensive line's problems?

And if they do want to bring in another back, would West be the guy or the type of back they want? Stay tuned. 

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