Baltimore Ravens Already Have a Left Tackle

Oct 18, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks (55) rushes against Baltimore Ravens tackle Eugene Monroe (60) during the second quarter at Levi
Oct 18, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks (55) rushes against Baltimore Ravens tackle Eugene Monroe (60) during the second quarter at Levi /
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The Baltimore Ravens Offensive Line Is Fine

The Baltimore Ravens already have a left tackle, his name is Eugene Monroe. Because he has such a frustrating injury history, Ravens fans are more than willing to go in a different direction. The Ravens have Monroe under contract, and he is being paid pretty well. Monroe is probably not  going anywhere.

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The Ravens could theoretically draft Laremy Tunsil to be their left tackle of the future. That would make Monroe dispensable, and open the door to trading him. The problem is that the Ravens would not get much for him. His past injury concerns really hurt his value on the trading block. The Ravens would be lucky to get a 5th round pick for him.

Trading Monroe is a troublesome premise. The very idea that the Ravens want to get rid of him raises the eyes of any team that would trade for him. The most realistic scenario sees Monroe back in Baltimore, regardless of the Ravens first round draft pick.

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The Ravens need a plan B, if the injury bug strikes Monroe again. But the Ravens have a solid starting five. Monroe and John Urschel will be on the left. Jeremy Zuttah is the center. Marshall Yanda and Rick Wagner form the right side of the line. There are far greater problems than the offensive line for the Ravens. If it’s not the biggest need, you won’t get the biggest impact by drafting an offensive tackle.

Monroe is a solid player when healthy. The Ravens should bring in a competent backup, but they should bet on Monroe in 2016. Jalen Ramsey would make a bigger impact. So would Myles Jack or DeForest Buckner.

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The Ravens offensive line was not the problem last year. Injuries, lack of weapons and bad luck were all bigger problems than the offensive line. James Hurst is never an acceptable solution to Monroe’s injuries. I concede that. However getting a quality backup and getting a bigger need filled sounds like a great idea.