Baltimore Ravens Mock Draft: 5 Guards the Team Should Consider in 2012
Ben Grubbs; defection to the New Orleans Saints has left a big hole along Baltimore's offensive line.
As of now, the Ravens will give last year's third-round selection, Jah Reid, the opportunity to slide over from the tackle position to the guard spot. And with Baltimore's current salary situation, it appears unlikely that they will add competition for Reid through free agency.
It would make sense for the Baltimore Ravens to add someone in the draft to at least compete with Reid.
Here are some candidates.
Cordy Glenn, Georgia
Cordy Glenn opened up a lot of eyes with a very strong performance at the combine. A tackle for Georgia, most view Glenn as a better fit at guard.
Drafts always have "sleepers," but if the Ravens want Glenn, they are going to have to hope he is "slipper." It is possible that Glenn slips down to the 29th spot with some big boards ranking him in the 30s, but many, if not most boards, have Glenn ranked in the Top 21.
If the Ravens want Glenn to take over for the departed Ben Grubbs, they may have to trade up to get him.
Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin
After an impressive combine and pro day performance, Kevin Zeitler's stock is on the rise. It is difficult to gauge where Zeitler will be drafted. Some mock drafts have him going in the bottom of the 1st round while others show Zeitler being drafted late in the 2nd round. Although most experts rank him as the 3rd to 5th best guard available, some experts believe that he will eventually develop into the best guard in the class.
Zeitler will almost certainly be available when the Ravens draft in the 1st round of the draft, but it would seem like a reach to draft Zeitler that early. Baltimore could stand pat in the 2nd round and hope he falls or trade their 1st round pick to move back in to the early part of the 2nd round or trade their 2nd round pick and move up if they feel Zeitler will not fall that far.
Pro Football Weekly had this to say about Zeitler:
"A very smart, steady, blue-collar power blocker who’s capable of eliminating defenders when he gets his hands on them. Can step into a lineup readily but always might have some struggles handling quickness."
Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State
I nominate Kelechi as the coolest name in the NFL after the draft; it means "ancient warrior" in Nigerian.
Kelechi Oseleme is more than a name, though—it is a 6'5", 333-lbs former offensive tackle who plays with a mean streak. Although he played tackle in college, Oseleme is thought to be more of a guard prospect. He performed well at the combine, the highlight being a solid 32 reps of 225 lbs on the bench press. CBSSports.com is impressed:
"His rare combination of size, strength, and absolute aggression make him an NFL offensive line coach's dream."
This "ancient warrior" could fill a major need in Baltimore and should be available after pick No. 29.
Lucas Nix, Pittsburg
Lucas Nix stands at 6'5" and 310 lbs, and he played both guard and offensive tackle in college.
Most view Nix as an NFL guard, and his versatility is certainly an asset. If the Ravens wish to acquire this high-effort lineman, he should be available in the third or maybe even the fourth round.
Injuries caused Nix's stock to go down slightly, but he could be a mid-to-late-round steal.
Desmond Wynn, Rutgers
Desmond Wynn has good size (6'5", 305 lbs) to go along with a lot of natural talent. He is considered raw, but if coached up, he could evolve into an NFL starter.
It does not appear that the former Scarlett Knight is an instant starter, but Wynn could provide much-needed depth behind Reid. If the Ravens bring in a veteran to start at guard, Wynn could be an apprentice before becoming a starter.
He could be available late in the fifth round or sometime in the sixth round.