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Ravens Draft: Value at Guard

In addition to Center Peter Konz, another Wisconsin lineman Kevin Zeitler could be a solid pick for the Ravens.

 

Ravens Draft: Value at Guard 

The Ravens will most likely bring in a veteran guard to replace Benn Grubbs. The team missed out on the Evan Mathis sweepstakes. There’s been reports that the Ravens may look to Jah Reid, last year’s third round pick who played back-up tackle, could slide into the guard position. That’s a possibility, maybe. Still, the Ravens ‘M.O.’ is to bring in an experienced veteran player and they’ll find someone.  The next step is the draft.

The top prospects at guard, David DeCastro, Stanford and Cordy Glenn, Georgia probably won’t make it down to the second half of the first round. However, there are some quality prospects and they could land the Ravens way:

 

Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin (6-4, 318)

We hear a lot about Peter Konz, Center, Wisconsin linked to the Ravens. Konz would be a good pick-up for the Ravens and he can also play guard. Another former Badger is Kevin Zeitler. Scouting reports say he is an asset in the run game blocking and effective pass blocker–“above average.”. He is a strong player and at the combine had 32 reps at 225lbs.  Check out the highlight film.

Analysis: Had an impressive combine. Strong frame–bench 32 reps at 225. His stock is rising. Played right guard in college, would have to move to left guard. This would be an excellent addition to the Ravens (interior) offensive line.

Projected round:  

 

OG Brandon Brooks: Miami (Ohio) (6-5, 343)

“Is a big, strong kid who has some lateral quickness for his size, but needs some technique work. Nevertheless, has some upside and can win consistently in the run and pass game at the next level. Was brilliant at the East-West Shrine game this year and ran in the sub-5.0 range at his pro day at nearly 350-pounds. Looks like an NFL starter early on in an angle scheme to me.”–Wes Bunting, www.nationalfootballpost.com

Analysis: At 343 pounds it makes him attractive to NFL teams; a guard who can open up holes at that size will be sought after by many NFL teams.

Projected Round:

 

OG Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State (6-3, 314)

“He has some technique flaws that needs to be fixed and will need to kick inside at the next level. However, he’s a wide-bodied athlete with a powerful/explosive frame, good foot quickness and can really pull from the backside. Might need some time, but is one of the top guards in the class with as much upside as any.”--Wes Bunting, www.nationalfootballpost.com

Analysis: One of the better prospects in this draft.  He’s from a smaller school, so he could be considered a ‘sleeper pick.’ A tenacious blocker in the run game, strong and athletic.  He will have to improve upon his footwork/speed at the next level.

Projected Round: 2-3

 

Brandon Washington, G, Miami (Fla.)(6-3, 320)

“Washington is leaving early for the NFL after his junior year at Miami, but he already has two full seasons as a starter under his belt. After making one start as a freshman in 2009, Washington started all 25 games over his next two campaigns. He was called for just three penalties in all of 2011 while anchoring the offensive line for what was a decent (but unspectacular) Miami offense. The team allowed only 19 sacks and the offense finished sixth in the ACC in rushing at 145.7 yards per game.

Washington has great size at 6’4” and 320 pounds. The Miami, FL native generally runs around a 5.3 in the 40-yard dash and he has been clocked as fast as 5.18 from that distance. He has experience at both guard and tackle, but is expected to play guard at the next level. “

Analysis: A solid prospect. He needs some seasoning, but has the tools to be effective—good upside.

Projected round: 3

 

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