Ravens year in review: 3 things we learned with Offensive Line

Nov 15, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) passes the ball during the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 15, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) passes the ball during the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 8, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens center Matt Skura (68) stands in the bench area during the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /

2. Reinforcements are needed this offseason:

The Ravens need to keep building up the offensive line and it has to be a priority. Orlando Brown Jr. playing well at left tackle isn’t great news at one angle. After the 2021 season, the Ravens are going to have a very difficult time signing Brown Jr. to a new deal.

Bradley Bozeman will become a free agent in the same offseason. While the Ravens have Stanley inked to a very important long-term deal, the players that Eric DeCosta can feel comfortable investing in are going to be hard to keep together.

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The center position is where an upgrade feels most needed. Could Trystan Colon-Castillo end up being a starter? Maybe. Is Patrick Mekari serviceable? Yes. It still feels like the Ravens need to add a dominant interior offensive lineman.

Finding a high-quality starting center would allow the Ravens to make the right guard spot a battle between Ben Powers and Mekari. Matt Skura‘s stock has really fallen and bad snaps to the quarterback have a lot to do with it.

The Ravens need more options at tackle than they currently have. One thing is for sure, D.J. Fluker isn’t the answer. He isn’t the answer at guard. He’s not a starting tackle and he’s an iffy swing tackle. That signing didn’t work the way Baltimore hoped it would and that’s why it’s good that it was a low-risk deal.

In the 2021 NFL Draft, the Ravens can easily make center their top priority. The Ravens can justify drafting an offensive tackle in the third or fourth round to develop in case they lose Brown Jr. and because depth never hurts.

With Stanley back next season the Ravens aren’t far away from having the right mix with this offensive line. Not adding to the group though would be an unquestionably silly decision.