By Matt Vensel
12:43 PM EDT, April 28, 2012
With the third pick of the fourth round Saturday, the Ravens selected Delaware guard Gino Gradkowski. He is the second offensive lineman the Ravens have taken in their first four picks (Kelechi Osemele was the other).
Gradkowski is 6-foot-3, 300 pounds. The younger brother of Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, he transferred to Delaware from West Virginia and became one of the top linemen in the Colonial Athletic Association. When the pick was announced, Gradkowski was listed as a guard, but he can also play center. He said on a conference call that he is eager to learn from veteran Ravens center Matt Birk.
“That's what I was looking to do,” he said. “Get behind a veteran like Matt Birk and really pick his brain.”
The Ravens had Gradkowski in for a visit and worked him out between the scouting combine and the draft.
"I’m elated right now because Baltimore plays football the way it’s supposed to be played,” he said.
Before the draft, ESPN’s Scouts Inc. had ranked Gradkowski as the 29th-ranked guard in this draft.
The Ravens acquired the 98th pick from the Minnesota Vikings when they traded out of the first round.
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