With the retirement of middle linebacker Ray Lewis, the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens will have to replace him with a middle linebacker in this year's NFL draft. The question is who? Many mock draft experts have the Ravens selecting Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o or LSU linebacker Kevin Minter with the 32nd pick of the draft.
In my opinion, it is the biggest glaring hole on the team with not a lot of depth. And, linebackers are aplenty in this year's draft. If the Ravens want somebody who is solid in stopping running games in the NFL and uses his pure instincts, they'll choose Te'o. If the Ravens want somebody who is physical, can defend the pass and can tackle they'll choose Minter. Or perhaps it will be someone not mentioned. Or they end up keeping current linebacker Dannell Ellerbe who is slated to replace Ray if he is re-signed. He did a really nice job against the run and the pass last year. But ultimately, the decision isn't mine it is Ozzie Newsome's. As they always say come draft time and free agency, 'in Ozzie We Trust'.