Michael Oher left in free agency to sign with the Tennessee Titans. That means Baltimore is without their starting right tackle of the past four years.
Their offensive line was bad enough before losing Oher. They allowed 48 sacks in 2013, which was tied for the fourth-most allowed in the NFL in 2013.
Having a hole at right tackle certainly isn't going to help improve this line this year. However, the Ravens didn't spend a draft pick on a tackle in free agency or the draft.
That leaves second-year man Ricky Wagner being projected as the starting right tackle. As a rookie, Wagner registered just 131 offensive snaps in 2013, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required). He's a big unknown.
Even if Wagner can become a decent starter, there's no one behind him that sparks confidence.
As of now, David Mims is the only backup tackle with previous experience, but he's a career backup who's never registered an offensive snap. North Carolina's James Hurst was signed as an undrafted free agent.
Ryan Jensen was moved from guard to right tackle to add more depth to the position. Still, he's never been more than a backup, so it's hard to see him being anything more than that at tackle.
That leaves Wagner as the projected starter with Mims, Hurst and Jensen as his only competition. Still, Wagner manged to impress offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak during OTAs, via BaltimoreRavens.com's Matt Zenitz:
To me, Ricky has been – I don’t want to say he’s a surprise, because I expected him to play well – but I think we put a lot on his plate early walking in here as a starter, new scheme and those types of things. He has responded and hasn’t missed a rep. He plays very hard in what we’re doing, so we just have to keep going. But I’ve been very pleased with Ricky.
It looks as though Baltimore is going with Wagner as their starting tackle for now. That said, right tackle will remain a question until he shows he's capable of being a quality starter.