2019 NFL Draft: Top targets Baltimore Ravens should look at
Interior offensive line:
The Baltimore Ravens interior offensive line has been a road-wreck all season long. Besides Marshal Yanda (who may retire soon anyways), there’s nothing between the tackles to be excited about. The 2019 NFL Draft class has some awesome talents at tackle, but the Ravens don’t have any need for another tackle. Instead, they will focus on the guard and center spots. The 2019 NFL Draft can provide them with some options.
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Everyone knows that when you need to add a good offensive lineman to your roster, you shop at the University of Wisconsin. Those boys are homegrown and fed and have produced some of the best offensive linemen of the last decade. The unit they have now has five guys who are all NFL caliber talents, but Baltimore will be focused primarily on Michael Deiter and Beau Benzschawel. Deiter has played at all five spots on the offensive line, while Benzschawel has been one of the 2019 NFL Draft’s best kept secrets. Deiter looks like a round one lock, while Benzschawel looks like a top 50 lock. Baltimore should be on the prowl for both.
Kansas State’s Dalton Risner has been mentioned at numerous positions when talking about his NFL fit. Currently, Risner is the Wildcats’ starting left tackle and has played to an All-American level. This hasn’t stopped many from calling him a guard, however. No matter what he is, the Ravens need someone like Risner that they can trust to flex around their line and complete his task at a high level.
Elgton Jenkins (Mississippi State) and Ross Pierschbacher (Alabama) represent the draft’s top center prospects, and both look really good. Both Jenkins and Pierschbacher are seniors and will likely get invites to 2019’s Senior Bowl, but in the meantime they’ve both been mainstays on their team’s line. They would both be instant upgrades over Matt Skura at center for the Ravens from day one.