After serving as the Ravens’ head coach for nine seasons,
This offseason, with the collective bargaining agreement expired and the players locked out, the
Billick, now an analyst for FOX, said the switch will affect how the Ravens do business.
"Ozzie Newsome is a firm believer in addressing your needs in free agency so that you're not forced into reaching in the draft and can truly take the best player available," Billick said. "Well, they're not going to be able to do that this year, so they're going to have to address some of their needs, beginning with the 26th pick in the draft."
But Billick expressed confidence that the Ravens will again have success selecting a player in the first round. “Ozzie Newsome and his group, no one does it better than they do,” said Billick, who named
As for the Ravens’ specific draft needs, Billick mentioned the offensive line, wide receiver and a couple of key areas on defense. The Ravens haven’t selected a defensive player in the first round since
“They desperately need to address their back end in the secondary,” he said. “Ed Reed obviously played last year and may be on the back end of his career. They could lose