Outside linebacker Paul Kruger and defensive end Pernell McPhee thrived at times as situational pass rushers last season. But it's unclear if they can be counted on to produce full-time should they secure the starting spots that have been vacated by Johnson and Redding, respectively.
That's why the Ravens will sift through this draft class for that speedy sack specialist who can make an opponent pay for keying in on Suggs. But unearthing another gem first won't be easy.
"Pass rushers are always hard to find. There just aren't a lot of them," said CBS analyst Charley Casserly, former G.M. of the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans. "It's hard to find guys that have quickness, speed and that kind of ability to rush the passer. It's a hard skill to have."
Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Zrebiec contributed to this article. Andre BranchClemson6-4259He finished eighth in the nation last year with 10.5 sacks. He runs well for a man his size and did a little bit of everything for Clemson, including playing linebacker.Chandler JonesSyracuse6-5266Jones, the younger brother of Ravens defensive tackle Arthur Jones and UFC fighter Jon Jones, has rocketed up draft boards since going pro after his junior season .Shea McClellinBoise State6-3260McClellin is said to be gaining late momentum and is a great fit for teams looking for a speedy edge rusher. He racked up 16.5 sacks in his final two seasons.Whitney MercilusIllinois6-4261Mercilus led the nation with 16 sacks and forced nine fumbles in 2011 but there are questions about whether he can thrive at outside linebacker.Nick PerryUSC6-3271Perry probably won't be available by the time the Ravens are on the clock, but he flashed a good mix of size, strength and athleticism while lining up as a defensive end .Courtney UpshawAlabama6-2272No need to worry about how he will fit in a 3-4 scheme. Upshaw was one of the nation's premier pass rushers playing in a 3-4 at Alabama, and he is stout against the run, too.
If teams are looking for a pass rusher in this week's NFL draft, here are a list of potential players they may target.