Previewing Round 2 for the Ravens

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The Baltimore Ravens felt like they got great value with their top pick in the draft, inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, and they may be able to get a good value with their second pick as well.

Day 2 of the draft will begin later today, and several highly-rated players that could help the Ravens remain available.

Three are offensive linemen.

One of Baltimore’s most pressing concerns is right tackle, and Morgan Moses from Virginia, Joel Bitonio from Nevada and Cyrus Kouandijo from Alabama are still available.

Some analysts had all three projected to go in the first round.

Kouandijo was projected by some as a possible top-5 pick as recently as the fall, but he had an inconsistent final year at Alabama. He followed that up by struggling at the NFL Scouting Combine, and he also reportedly failed physicals with several teams because of a knee injury.

But he does have potential if the knee is not an issue.

He has great size at 6-foot-7, 322 pounds, is just 21 and was a first-team All-American last season despite some of his struggles.

Consistency is a concern for some with Moses as well. But like Kouandijo, Moses has great size (6-foot-6, 314 pounds). He played left tackle at Virginia last year, but most seem to feel he would be a better fit at right tackle in the NFL. He was a three-year starter at right tackle for Virginia before switching to left tackle last season.

Bitonio was a first-team All-Mountain West selection last year.

He is not huge. He weighed in at just 302 pounds at the combine. But ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper said early in the pre-draft process that Bitonio will end up going in the second round and will end up being a Day 1 starter.

“[He] plays with vinegar and seeks to bury defenders,” Nolan Nawrocki wrote in a scouting report on NFL.com. “Nasty finisher who runs his feet on contact and consistently blocks defenders off the screen. Extremely tough and durable. Highly versatile — can play any position on the line. Outstanding personal character and football character. Work ethic, leadership and responsibility are all exemplary.”

The Ravens may also be tempted to take a wide receiver.

Marqise Lee from USC and Cody Latimer from Indiana both had official visits with Baltimore, and both remain on the board despite being projected by many as first-round picks.

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