Round Six: Brian Allen, Center, Michigan State
Losing Ryan Jensen is a big blow to a offensive line that needs an alpha dog. Jensen was always the first person to defend Joe Flacco and was described as a pest by more than one defensive lineman. Matt Skura is going to be a good center, but I dont think he is the center of the future. Brian Allen is perfect for the power run system the Ravens are transitioning to. He has an alpha dog mentality and packs a serious punch at the point of attack.
Allen would probably not start right away but could be more depth to an offensive line that was hit pretty hard by the injury bug last year. Ryan Jensen was drafted in the sixth round in the 2013 draft and had to develop a few years before he became the leagues highest paid center, I think Allen can have the same career arc.
Round Seven: Tanner Lee, Quarterback, Nebraska
With the final pick in the draft, the Ravens draft the future of the franchise. Well maybe. Probably not, but still they invest in a interesting prospect in the position. Lee has all the arm talent needed to be a good signal caller, but has no grip on the mental game of the position. Lee has a real knack for throwing the ball the other way because he struggles reading the field and waits too long for holes to appear.
The point in taking Lee in the seventh round is because his big arm and good size are things you can’t teach. With the signing of Robert Griffin III there isn’t as much pressure on the front office to draft a true heir apparent to Flacco but instead draft a pure project that can potentially pay off later.
If Lee can sit behind Flacco and really hammer home the mental aspects of the game then the Ravens could have struck gold late in the draft. The worst case scenario is Lee sitting on the practice squad.