The main reason why John Harbaugh outbid seven other teams to hire Juan Castillo as his run game coordinator (overseeing the O-line) is to develop cheap lineman into serviceable players. We all know Juan will develop late round picks and undrafted free agents. That’s been his identity! The Eagles only drafted two 1st round linemen the 13 years he was the head O-line coach. Bubba Miller, Hank Fraley, Artist Hicks, Nick Cole, and Austin Howard were all undrafted free agents who he developed into solid starters. During 12 of those 13 years, the Eagles never had a drafted center and averaged two college free agents as starters in each year. The year the Eagles went to the Super Bowl they played with two undrafted free agents on the line. When C Hank Fraley was up for a new contract they let him go to the Browns via free agency and just developed another guy. Expect Joe Banner to put the same formula in place if he gets a QB he covets and an O-line coach he trusts to develop young players.
So what does all this mean? This formula saved the team from having to pay and/or draft top lineman so they can put the money elsewhere. So I would suspect as long as the Ravens have Juan Castillo they will not be drafting any lineman in the top three rounds for the foreseeable future.
As the QB numbers go up the positions that will suffer financially the most will be linebacker, fullback, running back, receiver and safety. Left tackles will still get paid but centers and guards will be developed from late round and/or undrafted college free agents. For those teams who have a 25 million dollar a year QB, they better have a plan on how they are going to scout, draft, pay and develop young cheap players.
The Ravens officially signed undrafted rookie Justin Tucker (Texas) on Tuesday, the team announced. Tucker was invited for a tryout during rookie minicamp but did not sign. Now that he's a part of the team, Tucker will compete for a spot with veteran K Billy Cundiff, at least for the summer.
Despite his mid-50s range K Justin Tucker, an undrafted free agent, never signed with the Ravens, per the organization. Tucker was a tryout player and isn't on the team's roster. K Billy Cundiff is the only K on Baltimore's roster for now, and is present at Wednesday's OTAs practice.
Terrell Suggs to me: 'I love how you guys are saying out for the season. Just gonna make my comeback that much bigger.'— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) May 3, 2012
- I’ve been told by several people the Baltimore Ravens will jump at the chance to draft Shea McLellin if he’s available for them in round one. Otherwise they could draft Peter Konz.
The Ravens have received 4th and 5th round compensatory picks, the NFL announced today.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) March 26, 2012
Brendan Ayanbadejo agrees to three-year deal to return to Ravens, per league source.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 23, 2012