Baltimore Ravens' Post-Draft Wish List
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Now that the draft is over, it's time to reflect on what the Ravens have done and make a wish list of a few things they will do before training camp starts.
This list will include a short list of undrafted free agents that the team has signed, as well as some questions marks the team should address before the season starts.
Undrafted Free Agents
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The following players have already signed as undrafted free agents with the Ravens:
- Matt Furstenburg, TE, Maryland
- Brynden Trawick, DB, Troy
- Roger Gaines, OL, Tennessee State
- Jeff Braun, OL, West Virginia
- Nate Stanley, QB, Southeast Louisiana
Furstenberg is probably the best player that they have signed so far and could compete for the third tight end spot on the roster.
Holloway actually never played football at Ole Miss. He was a basketball player who decided he wanted to try to make it in the NFL. He's a tremendous athlete and is the all-time rebounds leader at Ole Miss. Holloway is hoping to follow in the footsteps of former basketball players turned NFL stars like Antonio Gates, Jimmy Graham and Tony Gonzalez.
If the Ravens even get one or two of these players to stick, they'll have over 10 rookies on the roster.
Left Tackle and Offensive Line
Ravens offensive line
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The Ravens now have plenty of options to look at an array of offensive line arrangements. Over the next few months, the Ravens are going to need to decide if they want to look for a veteran left tackle, or if they're going to try to coach up some of the players they have.
1) Kelechi Osemele
Osemele has dropped weight this offseason and might be ready to take on the challenge. Osemele played outstanding at left guard in the playoffs after looking good at right tackle for most of the season. Osemele is extremely strong with surprisingly good feet that could be a decent option for left tackle.
2) Michael Oher
The Ravens know what they have here. Oher is an average left tackle at best and is much better off on the right side of the line. However, the Ravens might be willing to settle for average if none of the other options work out.
3) Re-Sgin Bryant McKinnie
McKinnie and the Ravens have spoken this offseason, so the possibility of him returning exists. However, it seems the team is concerned about his ability to stay healthy for an entire season.
4) One of the Rookies or Young Guys
It is believed that the organization really likes David Mims, who was a raw prospect they signed off the Chiefs practice squad. The team also drafted Ricky Wagner and signed Roger Gaines as an undrafted player from Tennessee State who has great size for a left tackle.
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The Ravens need to find out how they're going to fill the void left by the trade of Anquan Boldin.
Torrey Smith is expected to step up and turn into a No. 1 receiver, but after that it's a question mark. Jacoby Jones is slotted as the No. 2 receiver now but may not be suited to play all of those snaps in addition to returning kicks.
Tandon Doss, Tommy Streeter, Deonte Thompson, LaQuan Williams and rookie Aaron Mellette will all compete for the remaining spots and playing time. One of these young players is expected to step up, and most expect it will be Doss because he is a sure-handed receiver like Boldin was.