Every weekday through April 25, the day before the first round of the NFL draft, The Sun will examine where the Ravens stand at each position, the likelihood that they will address that spot early in the draft and some of the prospects that they may consider.
Today, we’ll examine the running back position:
Current running backs under contract: Ray Rice, Anthony Allen, Damien Berry, Vonta Leach (fullback)
Chances that the Ravens draft a RB in first three rounds: Moderate. Ricky Williams’ surprising retirement left the Ravens vulnerable at running back. Rice, who is wearing the franchise tag as his agent tries to work out a long-term extension with the team, is a threat to hold out from the various offseason activities, which only increases the importance of adding depth at the position. Ravens coach John Harbaugh has said that Allen, a seventh-round pick last year, will get every opportunity to step up into the role vacated by Williams, but he emphasized that the team still needs to bring in a couple of ball carriers. The Ravens won’t hesitate to draft a running back, but the reality is that they have bigger needs and it’s much more likely that they take one in the mid-to-later rounds than in the first couple.