Every weekday through Wednesday, the day before the first round of the NFL draft, The Sun will examine where the Ravens stand at each position, the likelihood that they will address that spot early in the draft and some of the prospects that they may consider.
Today, we'll examine the offensive line:
Current offensive linemen under contract: Centers – Matt Birk, Justin Boren, Cecil Newton; Guards – Marshal Yanda, Howard Barbieri; Tackles – Bryant McKinnie, Michael Oher, Jah Reid, Ramon Harewood.
Chances that the Ravens draft an offensive lineman in first three rounds: Almost guaranteed. The Ravens offensive line is by far the team's biggest question mark at this point of the offseason. They have yet to replace Pro Bowl left guard Ben Grubbs, who signed with the New Orleans Saints, though they have talked about giving second-year tackle Jah Reid an opportunity to move to guard. Veteran center Matt Birk re-signed, putting off retirement for at least one season. He's not the long-term answer, nor is Bryant McKinnie at left tackle. While Marshal Yanda and Michael Oher represent a strong right side, the Ravens don't have any experienced backups at any spot along the offensive line. The Ravens maintain that they draft the best player available rather than selecting by need. But they have addressed their biggest need with their first-round pick more often than not in recent years, and most draft pundits expect them to do it again this year.
Offensive linemen possibly on Ravens' radar: Centers – Philip Blake (Baylor), Gino Gradkowski (Delaware), Ben Jones (Georgia), Peter Konz (Wisconsin), David Molk (Michigan); Guards – Jeff Allen (Illinois), Brandon Brooks (Miami-Ohio), Cordy Glenn (Georgia), Joe Looney (Wake Forest), Kelechi Osemele (Iowa State), Amini Silatolu (Midwestern State), Brandon Washington (Miami), Kevin Zeitler (Wisconsin); Tackles – Mike Adams (Ohio State), Levy Adcock (Oklahoma State), Jonathan Martin (Stanford), Bobby Massie (Mississippi), Brandon Mosley (Auburn), Zebrie Sanders (Florida State), Mitchell Schwartz. (California)