The NFL Draft Will Make Or Break The Ravens Offense
2. The Offensive Line Is A Ravens Specialty:
While the Ravens have had some blunders on the offensive line, it is what they generally do best in the NFL Draft. In 2007 the Ravens drafted Marshall Yanda and Ben Grubbs. Yanda has since been one of the most important Ravens players. Grubbs left after the 2011 season and the Ravens replaced him with Kelechi Osemele, a second round pick. When Osemele was paid by the Oakland Raiders and Eugene Monroe retired, the Ravens filled their spots in the subsequent draft. Ronnie Stanley was the sixth overall pick in 2016. Alex Lewis was a fourth round pick. If the Ravens can find a right tackle, Stanley and Lewis can continue to grow on the left side of the line.
There are some great offensive linemen in this draft. If the Ravens want a guard, they may be able to draft Dan Feeney, a big guard from Indiana in the second round. Isaac Asiata is another option later on, he has a Yanda like toughness to him. Antonio Garcia may be an option at right tackle. The Troy standout could be in the mix for the Ravens in the third round. Ethan Pocic, from LSU is the best center in the draft. No matter what way they go, the offensive line should be addressed in the draft.
The Ravens have a knack for finding answers at the offensive line. There are more stories like Alex Lewis and Kelechi Osemele than there are misses like Gino Gradkowski. Don’t remind me about Gradkowski. The point is that we should trust Newsome and company when it comes to patching up the offensive line.