Top 10 draft needs: No. 4- Safety

Top 10 draft needs: No. 4- Safety
April 21, 2013, 1:45 am
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Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed (20) during the blackout delay against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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The Ravens have some holes to fill on defense, and the safety position is one that the team could be looking at when the draft starts this week.

There's no question the team needs to make some moves after losing strong players like Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard from last year's Super Bowl champions. Even though Reed had certainly slowed down from what he once was, there's no question he would have helped the Ravens on defense -- and the same with Pollard.

The Ravens already brought in Michael Huff, who'd grown into a solid player at Oakland. James Ihedigbo helped the Ravens' defense in 2012, and they should also get some more help from Christian Thompson. But he's suspended for the first four games. This is why this should be one of the areas that the Ravens will be keeping their eyes open for at the draft.

They've got players like Lardarius Webb, Jimmy Smith, Corey Graham and others at cornerback, but depth at safety will help the entire defensive backfield be stronger and tougher.

When Reed was at his best, he could fly all over the field and cause so much trouble for opposing offenses. It will be interesting to see who the Ravens will look at to take that kind of role in the secondary this season. 

The draft should bring the Ravens help at safety at some point. However, like anything, the Ravens will probably make decisions based upon which players are available and which aren't.

In the end, the Ravens have some big holes to fill back there. Bringing in Huff was a smart move, but the Ravens are going to need to do other things like that to keep the safety position a strong one.