Jeff Saturday Signs with Packers, Could Allow Ravens to Draft Peter Konz

Dee LetedCorrespondent IMarch 24, 2012

Jeff Saturday signing with the Packers Friday may not seem like the most exciting news for a Ravens fan, or really any NFL fan for that matter. But this move could actually end up having more impact on the Ravens' roster than all of yesterday's special teams signings combined.

The reasoning is simple. The Ravens need a starting left guard for next season and a "future" replacement at center. After the Packers opted not to bring back Scott Wells, there was little chance that Wisconsin center Peter Konz got past them in the NFL draft next month, and they are slotted to pick directly before the Ravens.

But with Saturday on the roster, they may now look to address other needs like pass rusher or defensive end, increasing the chances that Konz will slip to the Ravens at No. 29.

However, there's still a chance that a team like Tennessee, Detroit or Pittsburgh could nab Konz much earlier than No. 29, but none of those teams were as big of a threat as Green Bay was before yesterday.

Tennessee needs to add some more interior lineman, but they also have a glaring need at defensive end. Guys like Nick Perry (USC) or Whitney Mercilus (Illinois) seem like more likely options for them at No. 20.

The Lions could also use some offensive line upgrades, but have a huge need at cornerback after losing Eric Wright to the Bucs in free agency. They're probably more likely to go after a cornerback like Stephon Gilmore (South Carolina) at 23.

Pittsburgh already has their franchise center in Maurkice Pouncey, but could take Konz and put him at guard. They may be more intrigued by Cordy Glenn (Georgia) or Mike Adams (Ohio State) at No. 24, or could opt to address some defensive needs.

That may seem like a lot of factors to consider for Konz to slip to the Ravens at 29, but the chances are better than they may seem. Konz could be an immediate starter at left guard next season, and fill in for Matt Birk if he can't make it through all 16 games effectively.

Even if the Ravens are able to take Konz at No. 29, expect them to look for some more depth at left guard and/or center in the draft and late in free agency.