Ravens could add running back to the mix in draft

Ravens could add running back to the mix in draft
January 14, 2014, 10:15 am
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What should the Ravens address?

It would not be surprising to see the Ravens add a running back in the draft, or sign a running back that can push Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce for reps. The Ravens know Rice and Pierce are capable of being a formidable one-two punch. But neither played well last season, meaning the Ravens cannot take their health or effectiveness for granted.

Most teams shy away from taking a running back in the first round, and the Ravens are unlikely to take a back that early. Among the top-rated running backs in the draft are Dri Archer of Kent St., Ka’Deem Carey of Arizona, Carlos Hyde of Ohio St., Lache Seastrunk of Baylor, Bishop Sankey of Washington, De’Anthony Thomas of Oregon, and Andre Williams of Boston College. If one of those is available after round one, the Ravens could pull the trigger.

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No Ravens running back besides Rice or Pierce was a factor last season. Fullback Vonta Leach only carried the ball 11 times. It was Rice, Pierce or bust. Usually, it was bust. The Ravens hope Rice and Pierce have a healthier and more productive 2014. But adding a third running back that can push them both is something the Ravens will explore.