Ravens draft guard Nico Siragusa, no relation, in 4th round

With their first pick on the final day of the NFL draft, the Ravens finally took an offensive player. However, it was a guard, not a potential target for quarterback Joe Flacco.

The Ravens used the 122nd pick in the fourth round on San Diego State guard Nico Siragusa, who is not related to the team’s former defensive lineman, Tony Siragusa.

Nico Siragusa, 6-foot-4 and 319 pounds, was a third-team All-American this past season as he started every game and paved the way for record-setting running back Donnell Pumphrey. 

“I’m going to bring a hard hat every day. I’m going to be a good people mover, an explosive offensive lineman," Siragusa said. "I’m going to be great in the locker room, that kind of player, great in the community, great everywhere.

“Honestly, to come in and compete for a job. It’s the NFL, everybody competes. Probably guard, center. Man, I’m in the NFL. I’ll play whatever. You know what I mean?”

Siragusa started every game over the past three seasons for the Aztecs and was a first-team All-Mountain West selection in both 2015 and 2016.

The Ravens have been looking for some help along the offensive line after losing right tackle Rick Wagner in free agency and trading starting center Jeremy Zuttah to the San Francisco 49ers. Because the draft’s center class was considered weak, they talked about drafting a guard and potentially moving him to the center spot.

Siragusa hasn't played center since intramural football but "I feel like if I got into the right environment, the right coach and he taught me how to snap, I feel like I’m football smart enough to be able to know all the calls and to be able to multitask.”

The selection ended the Ravens' run of taking defensive players, which they did with their first four picks.  

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