The free-agent picture still is somewhat unclear for the Ravens, who've lost a bunch of players and have some holes to fill. Right now, the big question is how they'll fill those holes.
If they can't fill it to their liking by signing other free-agents, the team is going to probably look at the draft to make the 2013 team strong. In some ways, that can be a tough task, but the Ravens are well known for being very efficient with their draft picks.
Ozzie Newsome has one of the best records in the NFL for evaluating talent and making solid draft picks. The Ravens have routinely plugged holes by making good draft picks and several times put rookies right into the regular lineup. Joe Flacco started his first game in the NFL and has never looked back.
Several other regular Ravens have or had roles that wound up being similar, and they were big helps to the team. What will be interesting is to see what the Ravens need to pick in this year's draft for coach John Harbaugh.
The offense looks very good, but the defense seems to have more questions at this point because the team lost several starters from last year's Super Bowl team. Last year, the Ravens picked Courtney Upshaw from Alabama high in the second round, and even though he started slowly in 2012, the rookie became a force on defense by season's end.
That's the kind of scenario the Ravens would probably be looking for this season. The Ravens need to find linebackers and possible a free safety or two. Newsome said after the Super Bowl that the Ravens want to get stronger up the middle on defense in the off-season, and here's guessing that some of their free-agent signings and/or draft picks will point at that area -- especially if they involve a player who can make a quick impact.