December 24, 2011; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk (77) in pregame action against the Cleveland Browns at M

Ravens at Falcons: Gino Gradkowski To Start At Center For Matt Birk

We weren’t expecting to see many veterans during tonight’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. It turns out that Matt Birk will not play at all and instead, rookie forth-round pick Gino Gradkowski will get the start.

I’m intrigued to see how the former Delaware Blue Hen will hold up against the Falcons. I was impressed with Gradkowski’s body of work during college, but he’s making a pretty big jump into the NFL. His biggest problem is pass blocking so keep an eye on him during third down conversions. He’s one of my bigger question marks right now but I believe he can be a starter in a few years. He may also get some reps at guard later in the game.

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