DRAFT PROSPECTS: Offensive Tackles Round 3

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As a part of our coverage here at Russell Street Report, we’ll be featuring the best prospects all across the board in any situation the Ravens might come across. Whether it’s a receiver in the first round, a quarterback in the sixth, or a guard in the third, we’ll cover the Ravens best options in any scenario. Barring any trades, the team will pick in the middle of each round—so we’ll see who is available when the Ravens are projected to select their upcoming stars. This will make it easy for you the fan to look at what the Ravens are seeing in future NFL prospects.

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Ozzie Newsome and his staff have addressed some major holes this offseason, but one spot that has lacked a new addition is the right side of the offensive line. Expect the team to look at Right Tackle prospects in the first two rounds – but if certain scenarios play out, don’t be surprised if the third round is the time to select competition for Rick Wagner and others tucked away on the depth chart.

Billy Turner, North Dakota State

In the beginning of the season, I had few notes on Turner other than the fact that he was a guy who might catch the eye of people in 2013 and rise thanks to his “violent” on-field play as a tackle. Now as we approach the draft, buzz is picking up and Turner is starting to be projected as a possible Day Two guy.

While he’s currently labeled by some as a “small-school shot in the dark”, other scouting reports stick a 2nd round grade on the 6’5” energetic athlete. I personally think a 3rd-4th round grade is fitting for Turner, but a team like the Ravens who have a glaring need on the O-Line might take a chance earlier.

There’s no questioning Turner’s fight and physicality. He’ll play every play like it’s his last and coaches will never be able to criticize him for his effort during games. His form can get a bit messy at times, but that can and will improve with NFL coaching. Pass protection was generally pretty solid for Turner, while run blocking is something that I personally would like to see worked on.

If he can fine-tune his game, Turner could bring great competition to Ravens camp.

Antonio Richardson, Tennessee

Richardson has the potential to be the best tackle to come out of Tennessee in several years, but he has a few flaws in his game that need to be worked out.

There are issues in form (needs to stay lower and more compact at times) but his biggest weakness was his lack of strength against several very good pass-rushers. At the NFL level he’ll need to show better strength and ability to hold his spot throughout his whole body if he wants to handle solid edge-rushers.

CBS Sports labeled Richardson as someone who needs to convince scouts that he is “committed to improving technically”. Although he has a huge frame and frightening size, Richardson will fall due to those technical flaws. The Ravens seem confident in their offensive line staff. Will they feel confident that they can groom Richardson in a potential starting role?

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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...more

6 Raves on “DRAFT PROSPECTS: Offensive Tackles Round 3

  1. cheri on said:

    Hey joe just curious how do you get your info on guys like billy Turners? Did you get your info on him from when they played tossing?I ask this out of curiously and not sarcasm.if it’s off of one game then you can anyone can have great game or a really bad game.otherwise AD usual you do a excellent job breaking things down and are enjoyable to read.
    PS I would love to get Richardson in the 3Rd round or his teammate James may be a better fit on the right sIde

  2. cheri on said:

    Tony,joe and any readers sorry for the many typos.I sent it from my cell phone and did not realize how many it was until after I hit send.

  3. Alonzo on said:

    No prob from me. It’s sports, not english 101. I get the gist of what’s being said. Appreciate folks chiming in with analysis, opinions and all the great info. I love as much draft hype as I can get, and love stopping by here to see who is (and maybe who shouldn’t be) on the Ravens radar. Cell phone, smart phone, tablet, soup cans with string—-I read you loud and clear.

  4. Joe Wedra on said:

    Cheri,

    Thanks for all of your comments and being a loyal reader! I always appreciate your kind words. For any prospect I write about, I watch enough film and form my own opinion first. For Turner, there is actually a lot of tape available for me to watch, so I was able to get a good read on where I thought he projects.

  5. DarthSizzle55 on said:

    Joe,

    “but a team like the Ravens who have a glaring need on the O-Line might take a chance earlier.”

    I don’t think we are a team that typically reaches based on need. I think that is the over point of best player available, but that ios just my opinion. Solid article as always.

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