To the Ravens news..
What do the Baltimore Ravens have? A lot of catching up to do in the AFC North as far as wide receivers.
Have the Ravens ever not looked up to everyone else’s receiver talent?
With the Ravens coming off a season in which they won nine games and had a playoff berth in hand until the final seconds of the final game, I think they’re far likelier to draft one of the difference-making pieces they need instead of going with a big-picture pick that likely won’t pay immediate dividends. Most analysts have them taking a wide receiver or offensive lineman in the first round.
But at the same time, there are reasons why the “first-round quarterback” idea is bubbling up this year. The draft class is super deep in quarterbacks, with as many as six possibly going high. Given the event’s unpredictable nature, a significant talent could be available at No. 16 overall, when the Ravens pick. Those opportunities are rare.
It’s an eye-opening concept, for sure. And there are things about it to like.
The Ravens are in such a conundrum because of Flacco’s contract. I would wait until next year to take somebody that high unless you really love a guy.
Going into the 2017 season, the Baltimore Ravens had a hole to fill at center. Ryan Jensen, who played guard in his first three years in the NFL, was the unexpected answer. Jensen anchored the middle of the offensive line, and quickly became a fan favorite due to his nasty attitude and willingness to defend his quarterback. Now, he may have priced his way out of Baltimore.
In his latest article for Sports Illustrated, Albert Breer wrote, “Ravens center Ryan Jensen has a chance of beating the record $10.34 million average Jags center Brandon Linder is getting.”