Ravens right tackle Rick Wagner a winner after NFL draft

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens did not draft a right tackle in seven rounds.

One of Baltimore's needs that did not get addressed during last weekend's draft was at right tackle.

Given how highly the Ravens thought of C.J. Mosley, the only way they were going to take a tackle in the first round would be for some other team to take the former Alabama linebacker before them.

Without any ammunition to move up in the second or third rounds, it was apparent by the third day that the Ravens were not going to draft someone at the position that could come in and start as a rookie. While some Ravens fans may have been disappointed, one player in particularly was likely grinning from ear to ear.

That would be second-year right tackle Rick Wagner, who was named the de facto starter at the position by John Harbaugh earlier this offseason. Wagner's main competition will now come from Jah Reid and two undrafted free agents, North Carolina's James Hurst and Oklahoma State's Parker Graham. Hurst could wind up being Wagner's toughest competition, as he was thought of as a second-to-third round pick before suffering a broken leg in his bowl game.

However, this is a new offensive scheme for Wagner now that Gary Kubiak is running get offense, so being with the Ravens in 2013 won't necessarily be an advantage. a strong run-blocker at Wisconsin, Kubiak will have to adjust to Kubiak's brand of zone principles.

Wagner did get some experience as a jumbo tackle, and at right tackle when Michael Oher sustained a minor sprained ankle against Denver in the 2013 season-opener.

Time will tell whether Wagner can be affective as an NFL right tackle. With four positions set on the offensive line -- Eugene Monroe, Kelechi Osemele, Jeremy Zuttah and Marshal Yanda -- the Ravens need someone to step in and adequately play the position.

Wagner certainly figure as to have the best chance to do so.

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