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Position draft analysis: Offensive line

Each day leading up to the NFL draft, The Sun will analyze a position on the Ravens and rank its priority:

Offensive line

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Where the Ravens stand now: The Ravens have one of the youngest -- and best -- offensive lines in the NFL. There has been speculation that the Ravens would trade left tackle Jared Gaither for a second-round pick. The other starters are sticking around: left guard Ben Grubbs, center Matt Birk, right guard Marshal Yanda and right tackle Michael Oher. Chris Chester is an above-average backup at center and guard.

Offensive linemen who could be on the Ravens radar: Maurkice Pouncey (center), Florida (first round); Charles Brown (OT), USC (second round); Selvish Capers (G-OT), West Virginia (third or fourth round).

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Priority: Moderate. Birk turns 34 this summer and enters the second-to-last year of his contract. Young centers typically need time to develop. This could be the right time to draft a future starter at center. Also, Oniel Cousins had uneven performances in some spot starts last season. The Ravens could be looking for a top backup. They could be looking for a starter if they decide to trade Gaither.

Pouncey, who has met with Ravens officials, is one of the best center prospects in years. He would offer great value for the Ravens at No. 25.

At tackle, Brown has all the measurables to become an outstanding player. But some scouts have questioned his toughness. Capers, a converted tight end, is an athletic and finesse blocker who has the versatility of playing two positions on the line.

Other top-rated offensive linemen in draft: Russell Okung (OT), Oklahoma State; Bryan Bulaga (OT), Iowa; Trent Williams (OT), Oklahoma; Mike Iupati (G-OT), Idaho; Anthony Davis (OT), Rutgers; Vladamir Ducasse (G-OT), Massachusetts; Rodger Saffold (G-OT), Indiana; Bruce Campbell (OT), Maryland.

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