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Offensive Linemen: Who's Out There?

 

With all the discussion that has been going on about the Ravens needing to add an Offensive Lineman, specifically a Tackle it got me to thinking who was really out there for us to look at.

 

 

So below is a list or current Free Agent Left, Right, or Swing Tackles (OT) who are Free Agents as off August 17th. I’ve tried to include any relevant miserables on them (Size, Weight, Exp., etc.) as well as some notes about their careers to help separate the career Practice Squad guys from the veteran Back-Up guys.

 

 

Available Offensive Tackles as of August 17:

 

 

Name

Natural Position (OT both)

Height

Weight

Age

Experience

Former Team

Comments

Andrews, Shawn

T/G

6’4"

330

28

7

NYG

Spent most of his career at G, moving to LT last season, documented personal problems, 

Brewster, Robert

RT

6’4"

320

25

2

DAL

Younger player with upside, may be more suited for guard

Haslam, Kevin

OT

6’5"

304

24

2

JAC

Undrafted Rookie Free Agent out of Rutgers in 2010, said to be a versatile player who can fill many positions on the O-line

Henderson, Mario

LT

6’7"

300

26

4

OAK

2-year starter at LT, durable player who has only had limited time to develop

Hills, Tony

OT

6’5"

304

26

4

PIT

Younger player with potential upside, limited playing exp.

Kaczur, Nick

RT

6’4"

315

32

6

NE

5-year starter with exp. at both OT positions, seems slightly injury prone with minor bums and bruises littering his career

LeVoir, Mark

OT

6’7"

310

29

5

NE

Undrafted Rookie Free Agent out of Notre Dame in 2006, played in all 16 games in 2008 as a back-up Lineman, started two games at RT for an injured Nick Kaczur, Capable Swing OT

McKinnie, Bryant

LT

6’8"

335?

31

10

MIN

8-year starter at LT, Pro Bowl 2009, Weight concerns and off-the-field problems

Otto, Michael

LT

6’5"

310

28

4

TEN

RFA, Career special teams player, 

Patrick, Chris

OT

6’5"

305

26

2

SF

UFL Vet., has been depth for NFL teams, no real game time exp. on the O-line

Petitti, Rob

OT

6’6"

327

29

5

CAR

Experienced back-up with starter potential, Capable Swing OT

Polmbus, Tyler

LT

6’8"

300

26

4

SEA

RFA, starting exp. at LT for Seattle

Sims, Barry

OT

6’5"

300

36

12

SF

Experienced veteran OT, has played LT and RT, quality back-up and mentor

Starks, Max

LT

6’8"

345

29

7

PIT

Championship Exp., 2-year starter, flexible playing multiple positions

Stinchcomb, Jonathan

RT

6’5"

315

31

9

NO

5-year starter, Championship Exp., Pro Bowl 2009

Tauscher, Mark

RT

6’3"

320

34

11

GB

On again off again starter for GB since 2000, Championshio Exp.

Walker, Langston

RT

6’8"

360

31

9

OAK

Exp. Starter, Never been part of a winning organization

 

 

As you can see there is a good mix of older veterans and younger back-up guys for us to pick from. We could go with a veteran starter, a young guy with upside, or an older veteran back-up depending on the price and what we feel that we need to fill out the O-line.

 

 

Personally I would like us to target someone like Jon Stinchcomb who is a proven starter at RT or Nick Kaczur. Otherwise I would rather us get a younger guy who can play both OT positions to give us some depth, especially if Oher were to go down; someone like Mark LeVoir or Rob Petitti.

 

 

A fall back plan could be to get an older veteran who can’t really start an entire season, but could fill in for a game or two if needed and give valuable experience to our younger players, like Barry Sims. There are other younger options listed there as well that we could pick from, but I fear the might be as much of a project as the guys we have right now.

 

 

But enough of my thoughts, I’m interested in what you, my fellow Ravens fans, think on the best way to solve our needs at OT for the coming season.

 

 

 

The opinions posted here are those of the administrator of this blog and his loyal readers. They are in no way official comments from the team, and should not be misconstued as such, even though he thinks he could do just as well or even a better job!

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