November 4, 2012
For years, the Ravens have entered drafts facing a familiar question: is this the year they find the heir apparent to the venerable Lewis? This draft, they may not have a choice following the departures of Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe and the health questions surrounding Jameel McClain. The addition of Rolando McClain (pictured) seemingly diminished the desperation for the Ravens to find an inside linebacker, but his latest arrest on Sunday puts his future with the team in question. Te'o, arguably the most scrutinized player in the draft along with the player most connected to the Ravens in early mock drafts, certainly makes sense. However, it would be surprising if he is available when the Ravens make their selection at No. 32, and there have been few indications that they are enamored enough with the former Notre Dame standout that they'll trade up to select him. Ogletree, another great fit, doesn't figure to still be available either, but there is a good chance Minter will be and Reddick also could be a second-round target. Either way, it would be a huge surprise if the Ravens didn't come out of the draft with at least one inside linebacker.