The Ravens took Michigan guard Ben Bredeson in the fourth round of the NFL draft Saturday, making good on general manager Eric DeCosta’s pledge to invest multiple picks in the offensive line.
Bredeson, the No. 143 overall pick, was a four-year starter at guard at Michigan under coach Jim Harbaugh, the brother of Ravens coach John Harbaugh. He was named a third-team All-American last season after earning All-Big Ten Conference honors in 2018.
The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Bredeson allowed just two sacks and two hits over the past three seasons, according to Pro Football Focus, and is regarded as a powerful in-line blocker. He fell to Day 3 because of his limited athleticism; he could struggle against quicker defenders and playing in space at the second level.
Bredeson’s the second straight offensive lineman the Ravens have drafted, after closing the third round by taking Mississippi State’s Tyre Phillips. Both could challenge for the right guard spot vacated by All-Pro Marshal Yanda, who retired this offseason.
DeCosta said at the NFL scouting combine in February that the Ravens’ offensive line is “always going to be something that we’re known for, and we’re going to draft offensive linemen every single year. We’re going to continue to have guys in the pipeline, because, No. 1, they get hurt, and No. 2, you need a bunch of them, and No. 3, you can’t keep everybody. So that’s always going to be a position that John and I really prioritize.”
The Ravens have two picks remaining on the draft’s final day: No. 170 (fifth round) and No. 225 (seventh round).