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DRAFT PROSPECTS: Interior O-Line Recap

NFL Draft DRAFT PROSPECTS: Interior O-Line Recap

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We just finished up our recap of the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft’s most intriguing interior offensive line prospects. With the Ravens hiring Gary Kubiak as offensive coordinator, getting some new, more athletic offensive linemen is certainly at the top of the to-do list. Here’s a recap of what we detailed (click on the round to see the entire post):

Round One

Travis Swanson and Cyril Richardson should be on the Ravens’ radar. They are two big-bodied guys that could bulk up the interior of the line and help Kubiak’s offense work effectively in both the pass and run game. We also highlighted one of the most interesting offensive line prospects, Zach Martin.

Round Two

In this edition, we looked at two guys from powerhouse schools, Alabama and Florida State. Both Bryan Stork and Anthony Steen are players that you’ll want to read more about. Assuming the Ravens go after a pass-catcher in the first round, this scenario might work. Gabe Jackson, one of the prime guards in the draft was also spotlighted here.

Round Three

One of the most interesting centers, Weston Richburg, was the big topic of our third round article. Richburg helped anchor the Colorado State offensive line and was a huge factor in their success. Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA’s impact lineman was also looked at as an option in this article.

Round Four

This article was an ACC special, looking at Brandon Linder from Miami and Russell Bodine from North Carolina. Both Linder and Bodine have a downside, but come with a potential big reward. Check out input from CBS’ Rob Rang and more interesting facts about these two workhorses.

Round Five

We dug deep for some sleepers in this article. Marcus Martin from USC was the center we spotlighted as possible competition for Gino Gradkowski. We also took a look at Ka’Deem Edwards, a small-school prospect who turned heads during Senior Bowl week.

Rounds Six and Seven

If you’re a fellow draft-nik, you’ll appreciate these deep sleepers. If not, you can learn why great talent can lie deep in draft boards. James Stone and Ryan Groy are over-shadowed by other prospects, but they could turn into stars. Read why Ozzie Newsome and his staff should take a hard look at these two guys.

Next up, we dive into the wide receiver pool!

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Joe Wedra

About Joe Wedra

Joe is an NFL enthusiast that spends way too much time studying tape, but he wouldn't want it any other way. Joe can be found on Twitter @JoeWedra, where he'll tweet out everything from Ravens analysis to scouting reports on Division II offensive line prospects...all for the love of the game! More from Joe Wedra
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Richard
Richard

Could yanda play center?

Bruce_Almty
Bruce_Almty

Joe, In your analysis, I would be very interested in knowing how you rate these players against the Raven players they may be drafted to replace. Are any of these players an upgrade over Gino or AQ or Jah??? If they are better, they have to be significantly better, imo, otherwise, why waste a draft pick for another "project."

John
John

Keep it up Joe, I love these articles and look forward to the WR breakdown, I hope you do each of the Ravens need positions as I am not big on CFB but am a draft junkie so it is great to learn about players to keep an eye out for. All that being said, if they do draft a guard in the top 3 rounds it would mean they plan on using KO or Jensen at RT (assuming they don't also draft a tackle). You comfortable with that or do you think they bring in someone during FA?

Joe Wedra
Joe Wedra

That's very tough to track right now since we really don't know how these guys will adapt to the NFL and the coaching that comes with that. I can tell you this, AQ Shipley shouldn't be a starter in 2014 and Jah Reid has had his chances. Mini-camps may be his last shot at impressing the coaches.

Joe Wedra
Joe Wedra

Thank you, John! I love doing these roundups. As far as the OG/OT situation you mentioned, I do think the Ravens have a lot of options at RT. They seem pretty high on Rick Wagner... KO is officially listed as a G/T. I think the Ravens at-least explore that possibility. Something tells me they know their plan right now, it's just up to us to figure it out! Jah Reid hasn't impressed but he has to be at-least talked about.

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