4 Takes: “What Position Should the Ravens Draft?”

 

 

 

 

4 TAKES: “The Ravens Should Draft?”

“Which position(s) should Ravens consider selecting in the 2012 draft? Our Baltimore Gridiron Report staff give their ‘take:’

Gene Winner: Interior Lineman/Linebacker

“On defense the Ravens need to strengthen their linebacking core and on offense it is critical to draft an interior lineman/center.  First, Outside linebacker opposite Terrell Suggs and or an Inside linebacker (an heir to Ray Lewis).  The secondary is now a strength with Lardarius Webb, Cary Williams and Jimmy Smith. Yet, the linebacking core needs strengthening. An all around linebacker who can play the run and get after the quarterback; taking away some of the double teams Suggs faces would be huge.  The Ravens offense must take advantage of the depth at interior lineman in this year’s draft. Center should and will be a priority.”

Jonathan Scruggs: Center

“My Take, the Ravens must shore up their offensive line, most notably at the position of Center and likely guard. Matt Birk appears to be retiring and Andre Gurode is largely an unknown commodity despite his pro-bowl pedigree, therefore the most pressing draft need right now is for a young center for Joe Flacco to grow with.”

Matt Jergensen: Center

“The Ravens will continue to subscribe as they always do to the best player available strategy. With the 29th Pick in the First Round there is certainly a chance that they could trade out but I see the Ravens taking the best Center in the draft – Peter Kontz from Wisconsin. As this offense continues to evolve you always need to be tough up front and with the problems the unit had especially in the playoffs there is a glaring need there.”

Ben Zinman: Offensive Lineman

“During several games this past season the offensive line was routinely pushed around. This was no more apparent then when they faced the Houston Texans in the playoffs. The Texans defensive line easily handled the Ravens offensive line. A strong solid performance by the offensive line will usually show up immediately in the box score.  A strong supporting cast along the offensive line can lead to longer drives, a couple more seconds to target Torrey Smith, and much greater success in short yardage situations.  This will usually result in more opportunities for the defense to rest. The Ravens need to secure a strong offensive line so they will be able to also protect what will hopefully become two of their most valuable components, Ray Rice and Joe Flacco for at least the next five years.”

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