NFL Draft 2011: Will Baltimore Ravens Draft a Center for Matt Birk to Mentor?
Baltimore Ravens May Draft Center of the Future For Matt Birk to Train
The Baltimore Ravens are going to use a couple picks on the offensive line this year. This almost seems a certainty, especially at the tackle position where they need to add someone alongside Michael Oher.
Matt Birk is in the last year of his contract, and the 35-year old center seems likely to hang it up at this season's end. As a result, the Ravens are likely to look for a center somewhere in the draft that Birk could mentor and who can start in 2012.
Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun notes Rodney Hudson and Stefen Wisniewski as possibilities, among others. He states that Hudson, who could be able when the Ravens pick in the second round, is an "undersized lineman who is athletic, technically sound and a perfectionist."
Wisniewski has the smarts to be good, but does not have the mean streak one might need in the trenches. Michael Oher didn't have a big one either but has turned out just fine, so the Ravens would be a team willing to take a shot on him. He could be selected in the second round, but could potentially slip to the Ravens in the third.
They have not drafted a center since 2005, so it remains to be seen whether or not the Ravens will actually do so; then again, they're clearly due to do just that.
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