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Mailbag: Will Ravens address WR, TE in free agency?

It's time to click open the weekend Baltimore Ravens mailbag ...

@jamisonhensley: With each passing day, it looks like the Ravens will wait to address wide receiver in the draft. The more pressing position is tight end. The draft isn't the answer because there's only one impact tight end, Minnesota's Maxx Williams. The Ravens have to find another Owen Daniels-type veteran between now and the draft. The only healthy tight ends who were on the Ravens last year are Crockett Gillmore and Phillip Supernaw, and they need more than their 13 combined career catches. It's not an impressive list of available tight ends (an injured Jermaine Gresham, Rob Housler, Zach Miller and James Casey). The Ravens might explore a trade because of the lack of options in free agency. The wide receiver position is a different situation. The Ravens can find a starter at the bottom of the first round. That's what the Ravens will have to do because I'm not sold on Kamar Aiken, Marlon Brown and Michael Campanaro being the answer. It reminds me of the Ravens banking on Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson to step up at cornerback.

@jamisonhensley: Unless I heard general manager Ozzie Newsome wrong at the "State of the Ravens" press conference last month, there is no chance of the Ravens selecting wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham with the No. 26 pick. Newsome said the team wants to avoid players with domestic violence issues in their past. Green-Beckham allegedly pushed a woman down some stairs, which resulted in him getting kicked off the Missouri football team. Even though Green-Beckham has the potential to be the best receiver in this draft, the Ravens should have other options at there in the first round.

@jamisonhensley: The Ravens would like to get something in return for two disappointing draft picks, linebacker Arthur Brown and center Gino Gradkowski. But what team is going to take either one? Brown fell behind undrafted rookie Zach Orr on the depth chart, and Gradkowski dropped below rookie fifth-round pick John Urschel. Even if a team was interested, the Ravens wouldn't want the wide receiver or tight end equivalent of those players.

@jamisonhensley: Wide receiver makes the most sense at this point. For everyone who will ask a draft question from now until the end of April, projecting the No. 26 pick depends on what 25 players go first. The Ravens couldn't tell you who is going to be there when they're on the clock. They certainly have a list of five or six names that they hope will be there. When trying to figure out what position the Ravens will address first, the obvious choice has to be wide receiver. It's one of the Ravens' top needs, and it's a deep position in this year's draft. With that said, no one would be surprised if the Ravens took a cornerback, pass rusher or tight end in the first round.

@jamisonhensley: It's a possibility. Zach Miller was a coveted free-agent pickup by Seattle in 2011 who failed to live up to expectations. Part of the problem is he didn't get a lot of opportunities in the Seahawks' run-heavy offense. Miller fits the profile of what the Ravens are looking at: an inexpensive but experienced target who was a salary-cap cut. The biggest concern is his health. Miller missed 13 games last season and he's recovering from his second ankle surgery in less than a year. The Ravens might not want to bring in an injury risk after what they've gone through with Dennis Pitta the past two years.

@jamisonhensley: Here are the best bets for wide receiver (Arizona State's Jaelen Strong or Ohio State's Devin Smith), tight end (Minnesota's Maxx Williams), cornerback (Washington's Marcus Peters) and pass rusher (Virginia's Eli Harold). This comes with the disclaimer that it's March 21. There are 40 days until the draft. A lot can change.

@jamisonhensley: My favorite under-the-radar pick is Arizona Cardinals tight end Rob Housler. He's 27, a big target (6-feet-5) and was underused in Arizona. I believe he would compliment Crockett Gillmore, who is more of a blocking tight end. But Housler is an unrestricted free agent, and not a cap casualty. He would count against the Ravens' compensatory pick formula. So, that reduces the chances of Houser ending up with the Ravens.

@jamisonhensley: Only in the draft. My recent blog post explains why cutting Bernard Pierce has no effect on the Ravens' plans. The Ravens don't want to waste valuable cap room on a free-agent back with wear and tear. This is a great draft for running backs. The Ravens can find a quality one in the first four rounds, and I expect they will come away with someone like Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, Georgia's Todd Gurley, Indiana's Tevin Coleman and Northern Iowa's David Johnson.

@jamisonhensley: Don't write off the Ravens in free agency just yet. Based on the Ravens' history, they're more likely to make more moves at the end of March and beginning of April than they are in the first week of free agency. Ozzie Newsome likes to wait and watch the asking prices decrease. He is looking for value, which is even more important this year with the limited cap space. Remember, the Ravens signed running back Justin Forsett and tight end Owen Daniels on April 3. As for draft needs, the top ones for the Ravens are wide receiver, tight end, cornerback and pass rush.