The Ravens are just two weeks removed from winning their Super Bowl title, and the celebrations are finally seeming to die down in Charm City . That leaves them having to start the process of making a big decision.
What do they do with the first pick in the NFL draft?
At the team's season-ending press conference the week of the Super Bowl, general manager/executive vice president Ozzie Newsome said that the Ravens feel the the middle of the defense is an area that they need to address to prepare for 2013. That's probably why ESPN draft guy Mel Kiper made the early prediction that the Ravens might draft LSU linebacker Kevin Minter with their first pick in the draft.
Since they won the Super Bowl, the Ravens drop down to the final pick in the first round. AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley, who formerly covered the Ravens for The Sun, said this would be a good pick as "inside linebacker is currently an area of need. Ray Lewis retired, Dannell Ellerbe is a free agent and Jameel McClain is coming off a spinal-cord injury. Minter is a tackling machine, but Kiper notes there's a chance that Minter won't last this long. With the drama surrounding Manti Te'o, Minter could take his spot in the top half of the first round and Te'o could fall down to the bottom of the first round."
There's no question that the Ravens are going to have to make some kind of move at linebacker. After all, Lewis is retiring, and the situations with McClain and Ellerbe are up in the air. Will they draft someone or instead, bring another person in? That's a move that's really going to affect the defense and team in the next few seasons, so you can be sure they'll be careful with their decisions.