The Baltimore Ravens did exactly what it took last season to win Super Bowl XLVII and send team captain Ray Lewis out of the league on a winning note. Now it's time for the Ravens to defend their NFL crown without team leaders the great Lewis and Ed Reed to go along with Paul Kruger and wide receiver Anquan Boldin.
Here is the rookie class the Ravens have in camp to replace their longtime team leaders and to add depth to a team that will be right in the middle of a strong AFC North this season once again.
Baltimore Ravens 2013 Rookie Class
1st Round: Matt Elam – Strong Safety
2nd Round: Arthur Brown – Inside Linebacker
3rd Round: Brandon Williams – Defensive Tackle -
4th Round: John Simon – Defensive End
4th Round: Kyle Juszczyk – Fullback
5th Round: Rick Wagner – Offensive Tackle
6th Round: Kapron Lewis-Moore – Defensive End
6th Round: Ryan Jensen – Offensive Tackle
7th Round: Aaron Mellette – Wide Receiver
7th Round: Marc Anthony – Corner Back
Undrafted Rookie Free Agents
Jeff Braun – Guard
Jose Cheeseborough – Corner Back
Brandon Copeland – Linebacker
Jordan Devey – Tackle
Matt Furstenburg – Tight End
Rogers Gaines – Tackle
Omarius Hines – Wide Receiver
Ray Holley – Running Back
Murphy Halloway – Tight End
Will Perciak – Defensive End
Gerrard Sheppard – Wide Receiver
Nathan Stanley – Quarterback
Brynden Trawick – Safety
Joe Unga – Tackle
Brown was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and an All-American last season. He played his last two seasons with the Kansas State Wildcats after beginning his career with the Miami Hurricanes. Brown has some huge shoes to fill this season trying to replace Ray Lewis.
Elam was an All-American at at Florida and should be a perfect replacement for the Ed Reed. During his career with the Gators, Elam played in 39 games where he had 176 total tackles, 5 sacks, 23.5 tackles for a loss, 3 forced fumbles, 13 defended passes, and 6 interceptions.
Other than Elam and Brown the rest of the Ravens rookie class will be playing for backup roles and special teams. There is still plenty of time for the young guys to impress head coach Jon Harbaugh though with the Ravens having organized team activities May 29-31, and then June 4-7.
Even with the losses to his team this past off season, Harbaugh will have his team ready to defend their Super Bowl title this season. The biggest problem the Ravens have is that the other three AFC North teams are equally as good.