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Ravens use draft to replace departed stars

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The Ravens can’t replace all the experience they lost this offseason when Ed Reed and Ray Lewis walked out the door, but they certainly got faster in the transition.

After drafting Florida safety Matt Elam last night, the Ravens came back with Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown with the 56th overall pick tonight, trading up with Seattle to get him.

So a rangy, hard-hitting safety, and an undersized linebacker known for his football instincts.

Sounds familiar.

Coupled with moves for veteran linemen Chris Canty and Marcus Spears, outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil and safety Michael Huff, the Ravens will have a completely different cast of characters, but it’s reasonable to think they’re better.

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42 Responses to “Ravens use draft to replace departed stars”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Apr 26, 2013 8:23 PM

    Too bad no one cares. #MDisRedskinsCountry

  2. ravensfansc says: Apr 26, 2013 8:23 PM

    I like the draft so far, not flashy but solid.

  3. liveandcrywithbills says: Apr 26, 2013 8:24 PM

    Yes, i am sure The Ravens were upset when Buffalo stole Kiko from Oregon from them when they picked the ILB before The Ravens had a chance. You snooze u lose Ravens. Oh to live and cry with My Bills

  4. nmking26 says: Apr 26, 2013 8:25 PM

    If I was an owner of the other 31 teams, I’d be finding out if there was a way to kidnap Ozzie Newsome and make him my GM.

    Best GM in the league.

  5. mobuccsfan says: Apr 26, 2013 8:25 PM

    Knew they would trade up to get either Minter or Brown. Once Minter was gone–they had to move.

  6. Stiller43 says: Apr 26, 2013 8:28 PM

    “So a rangy, hard-hitting safety, and an undersized linebacker known for his football instincts.

    Sounds familiar.”

    Excuse me, but Reed was (is) not known for his big hits. He’s a great HOF safety, but his skills are primarily as a center fielder, while theyve always had guys (landry, pollard, etc.) to be the muscle of the safety duo.

  7. skns2thend says: Apr 26, 2013 8:30 PM

    ravens will never replace Lewis and reed…not anytime soon, though, they’ve certainly addressed the defense issues. But a lot of defenses are getting better this year…question is, can the ravens perform at the level these new and improved defenses will.
    HTTR

  8. themagicman1223 says: Apr 26, 2013 8:31 PM

    Great pickups, even if I hate the Ravens I have to admit that. They’re still going to be contenders this year.

  9. dickjagger says: Apr 26, 2013 8:31 PM

    Damn skippy! Nice pick Ozzie! Go Ravens!

  10. bigboysmash says: Apr 26, 2013 8:32 PM

    like ray lewis he is considered ” too short” and started his career at miami. this defense will be scary good. elam and brown are going to form a great core for their defense

  11. swashbucklin says: Apr 26, 2013 8:32 PM

    In. Oz. We. Trust. And we’re only just getting started. Remember the names Elam and Brown, your tean’s offensive coordinator sure will.

  12. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 26, 2013 8:35 PM

    Good pick, he’ll learn a lot from McClain. The Ravens way.

  13. deathonwings410 says: Apr 26, 2013 8:35 PM

    Unbelievable! I wanted him at 32 and we still got him!!!!

  14. ravens4lifeudig says: Apr 26, 2013 8:36 PM

    Great picks

  15. bandzz says: Apr 26, 2013 8:44 PM

    Did that bills fan just brag about that nobody linebacker the bills drafted? First time I’ve ever seen a Bills fan in a blog…when did the blog sites start letting them in?

  16. bandzz says: Apr 26, 2013 8:46 PM

    What is the chance we get Keenan Allen this round? That would round out the most exciting draft in team history I’d say

  17. stillers35 says: Apr 26, 2013 8:48 PM

    I’ll be the Steeler fan that tells the truth. Arthur Brown is a stud. I hate to see the Ratbirds grab him

  18. johntonioholmes says: Apr 26, 2013 8:59 PM

    Ed Reed was never what I would call a hard hitting safety. He was a ball hawk who made a few big hits, no doubt. He practically shied away from contact his last 3 years.

  19. siggtacular says: Apr 26, 2013 9:02 PM

    @logicalvoicesays

    Maryland is RAVENS COUNTRY. Redskins are a joke.

    #ravensnation

  20. dcapettini says: Apr 26, 2013 9:04 PM

    But,…what about left tackle? Please, not “Goodyear” McKinnie again! Although I hear that Jared Gaither is available. We should draft a couple at least, in case some break.

  21. albionhero says: Apr 26, 2013 9:06 PM

    Ravens should trade up for Keenan Allen now… 3 instant starters in one draft.

  22. randallflagg52 says: Apr 26, 2013 10:25 PM

    deathonwings410 says:
    Apr 26, 2013 8:35 PM
    Unbelievable! I wanted him at 32 and we still got him!!!!

    ====================================

    That’s how I felt a couple of years ago with Torrey Smith. I remember being really torn between Jimmy and Torrey Smith, and we got them both. It’s good to be a Ravens fan.

    Oh, and the redskins are #3 in Maryland. They’re behind the Ravens and Orioles.

  23. nedhigginssports says: Apr 26, 2013 10:25 PM

    na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, GOODBYE ROLANDO!!!! I’m a Giants fan and love Jerry Reese, but Ozzie is on another level. He’s playing chess while everyone else is playing checkers

  24. Always On Slightly Off says: Apr 26, 2013 10:45 PM

    @logicalvoicesays

    Maryland is RAVENS COUNTRY. Redskins are a joke.

    Learn to recognized this difference, Mr. Voice. Until then keep the Ravens name out your mouth.

  25. Always On Slightly Off says: Apr 26, 2013 10:47 PM

    Maybe I should just learn to spell.

  26. si1m says: Apr 26, 2013 11:05 PM

    Ravens dont view WR as the huge priority that everyone else does as I expected. Lets face it, drafting a WR in the first 3 would have been silly given the losses we had on D. What good is a rookie wideout until your D is back to 2011 #1 form.

  27. redpillmindstate says: Apr 26, 2013 11:10 PM

    As a Bengals fan I have to be honest… coupled with free agency and the draft so far Ozzie doing a damn good job of replacing talent…. hell they might even be a little better on defense at least, however their offence is looking a little anemic don’t know how in the world you replace Boldin …

  28. deathonwings410 says: Apr 26, 2013 11:35 PM

    Quinton Patton, Ryan Swipe and Da’Rick Rogers are still available. I’d like one…but if Barrett Jones is sitting there, it’dmake it a difficult choice.

  29. mazblast says: Apr 27, 2013 1:13 AM

    redpillmindstate says: Apr 26, 2013 11:10 PM

    As a Bengals fan I have to be honest… coupled with free agency and the draft so far Ozzie doing a damn good job of replacing talent…. hell they might even be a little better on defense at least, however their offence is looking a little anemic don’t know how in the world you replace Boldin …
    ———————————–
    Wow, a rational Bengals fan. Congratulations, you’re a rare breed.

    Just for the record, this Steelers fan agrees with you. The Ravens are doing a nice job despite their draft position. Ozzie has always known what to do, as a player and GM.

  30. ravensdominate says: Apr 27, 2013 1:19 AM

    World champs doin what they do…

  31. ravensdominate says: Apr 27, 2013 1:21 AM

    logical voice: we get it. You like the redskins and want them to be relevant. Still doesn’t change the fact that the ravens are a better organization. World Champs

  32. lombardiwinners2013 says: Apr 27, 2013 8:30 AM

    redpillmindstate

    When you have gunslinger like Joe, you find ways to get everyone the ball. If it helps you sleep at night, Boldin is a big loss but at 33 years old how much does he really have left???? Ozzie knows what he’s doing. If you ask a True Ravens fans, they’d take Dumervil over Boldin and that’s what it came down to $$$$

  33. liveandcrywithbills says: Apr 27, 2013 8:41 AM

    Um, it was called sarcasm. I was floored when Buddy took Kiko over minter and brown. I would work on my reading comprehension if i was anyone who thought I was serious. Let’s see… Kiko was areested 3 times or once for DWI and suspended also for 2u games. Yes i am living and CRYING with The BILLS PICK.

  34. morganstan100 says: Apr 27, 2013 9:26 AM

    Liveandcry,
    Let me apologize on behalf of all Ravens fans. We’re not used to intelligent and witty comments from fans of opposing teams. The best we can expect are knuckle dragging remarks like, “We got six rings, how many you gots?” or “Flacco was just lucky” or “Until you get six rings, talk to the hand, Ratbird fanboy.” And don’t forget, “Your team aint nuffin but crimnals and murdrers and Big Ben is babysitting my sister’s teenage girls rite now.”
    So, try to understand.

  35. jrazz22 says: Apr 27, 2013 10:24 AM

    bandzz
    Apr 26, 2013, 5:44 PM PDT
    Did that bills fan just brag about that nobody linebacker the bills drafted? First time I’ve ever seen a Bills fan in a blog…when did the blog sites start letting them in?
    ——————————————————–
    At least they bring more to a conversation than the typical Ravens fan “Oz is the best in the league” crap. You’re all the same, witless, mouth breathing Neanderthals who have no ability to respond with rational thoughts.

    There are a few who actually bring insight, but not many including you.

  36. tsuscrumhalf says: Apr 27, 2013 10:57 AM

    DL-canty, ngata,art jones w 5 others for a very deep rotation
    LB-Suggs, dumerville, courtney upshaw outside, art brown & bynes/McClellan inside (assuming rolando gets the heave ho) & half a dozen deep.
    CB-lardarius, c Graham, j smith, chykie brown
    S- huff, Elam, ihedigbo
    While it’s not the 2000 Ravens D that scares anyone, they have young talent, veteran leadership & no glaring holes when healthy. This looks like an improved D over last years lackluster D.

  37. reed20fence says: Apr 27, 2013 11:58 AM

    Don’t anybody woret about replacing Boldin. There’s another guy we have our eyes set on for that. And it ain’t Keenan Allen or Patton.

    Once we gettum everyone will wonder where he came from.

  38. morganstan100 says: Apr 27, 2013 8:17 PM

    Mellette from Elon! Shazam! Ravens are going to be unstoppable!

  39. morganstan100 says: Apr 27, 2013 8:32 PM

    I can’t see any opposing quarterback being able to throw anything more than a desperation dump off. Consider the run officially stuffed, and the Very Elite Joe Flacco is going to be standing behind a stone wall every time he drops back to pass. Ozzie, you did it again. This draft is going to be historic for a Ravens team that has already conquered the AFC North, and now will hold it for many years to come. Hail to the Ravens! Here we go Ravens, here we go!

  40. ppdoc13 says: Apr 27, 2013 9:02 PM

    Only mistake is the trade of Q. I was hoping to trade up again to get the cal receiver Keenan Allen. Now torrent is facing doubles all the time. Guess Tandon Doss is ready. Sure hope so. But love how they rebuilt the defense in one year

    Oh and btw would some one take away Danny snyders toys. We realize he is the supposed logical voice

  41. jacktheraven says: Apr 28, 2013 3:58 PM

    Redskins are going to have to change their name. They’ll be the Virginia Somethings. LogicalVoice will go away.

  42. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 28, 2013 10:49 PM

    Jason Elam and Foxy Brown will be busts. Oher-ish.

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