3 position groups Ravens must watch heavily at NFL Combine

Eric DeCosta must use his draft picks wisely.

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1. Offensive Tackle

The only player guaranteed a starting spot next season is standout center Tyler Linderbaum. Ronnie Stanley and Morgan Moses could both be cap casualties (though Stanley is much more likely), and both starting guards from last season in Kevin Zeitler and John Simpson are free agents.

The end of the first round is a prime spot for offensive linemen in this year's draft, especially for those who have versatility. Names like Oregon's Jackson Powers-Johnson, Duke's Graham Barton, and Washington's Troy Fautanu all could be starters at guard with the latter two having tackle experience in college.

The Baltimore Ravens could use the NFL Combine to target an offensive tackle

If Stanley and Moses are staying, Baltimore's Day 2 picks could be used on getting depth who eventually get molded into starters. Houston's Patrick Paul, Kansas' Dominick Puni, and Yale's Kiran Amegadije all fit the athletic profile the Ravens seem to prioritize when selecting tackles.

Quality offensive linemen are getting fewer and further between thanks to simplified college schemes, reduced contact in practice due to the CBA changes, and the increase in premium athletes rushing the passer. If the Ravens find a good one, they shouldn't hesitate to get a deal done.

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