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Marshal Yanda

I like this pick for one reason, and one reason only. Marshal Yanda is an offensive lineman from Iowa and his head coach is Kirk Ferentz. When Ferentz coached here with the Ravens, he was generally regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in the NFL, and he has one of the best offensive lines in college football every year. There is no way the Ravens didn't get all the inside info on Yanda from Ferentz. He and Ozzie Newsome remain very close and often trade e-mails. Often in the past I have criticized Newsome for not drafting offensive linemen, and it has come back to haunt the Ravens. But in the past two or three years, the Ravens have picked up some good linemen. It will pay off.  Yanda could eventually become the starting right offensive tackle, allowing the Ravens to move Adam Terry to the left side once Jonathan Ogden retires in another year or two.


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