Grading The Ravens 2009 Draft

BALTIMORE MD - DECEMBER 05: Tackle Michael Oher #74 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on from the bench during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium on December 5 2010 in Baltimore Maryland. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

Former sportswriter for the Baltimore Sunpapers, Jamison Hensley has moved over to cover the Baltimore Ravens for ESPN in the AFC North blog. He took a look back att he Ravens 2009 NFL Draft to review how well the team stocked up. That was the year the Ravens traded up for offensive tackle Michael Oher, and also brought the team two relatively unknown rookies named Paul Kruger (2nd round) and Lardarius Webb (3rd round).

Michael Oher started as a rookie and made a favorable impression as the team's right tackle in his first season. After moving to left tackle in 2010, he was forced back to the right side with the addition of veteran LT Bryant McKinnie in addition to his sub-par play on QB Joe Flacco's 'blind side.'

While Webb has been a wonderful success for the team, the jury is still out on Kruger, who is facing what will definitely be a make-or-break season for him, especially with the loss of Terrell Suggs. The rest of the draft was relatively forgettable and due to that and the uncertainty surrounding Kruger, Hensley gives the Ravens 2009 draft a C-plus.

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