Draft question No. 4: Do Ravens need to draft an offensive lineman
They’ll be looking for an offensive lineman they like after Round 2, even though all five starters are returning. Both starting guards are in the final year of their contract – Marshal Yanda and Kelechi Osemele. It’s unlikely the Ravens will be able to re-sign both Yanda and Osemele, so they will be hunting for offensive line depth in this draft.
The Ravens have done an excellent job recently scouting and drafting offensive linemen capable of flourishing in their system. John Urschel, a fifth-round pick last year, did a solid job as backup last season. James Hurst, an undrafted rookie last season, filled in nicely when Eugene Monroe was injured. Rick Wagner, a fifth-round pick in 2013, has entrenched himself as the starting right tackle.
Offensive linemen who could appeal to the Ravens from the third round or later include tackle Robert Crisp of North Carolina St., guard Tayo Fabuluje of TCU, guard Bobby Hart of Florida St., and tackle Daryl Williams of Oklahoma.
If the Ravens draft an offensive lineman, he won’t have to play right away, and should have time to develop. However, the Ravens are always planning for the future. With Yanda and Osemele both potential free agents in 2016, drafting a young offensive lineman is a possibility for the Ravens.