Worth The Wait: Eric DeCosta Ready For First Draft As Ravens GM - David Ginsburg
“It’s an opportunity for us to get better quickly. We’ve got some really good picks,” DeCosta said. “We know how to do the draft. We’ve got the best scouting staff in the league, and I’ve got an adviser in Ozzie who’s probably renowned as the best drafting GM in the history of the NFL.”
In his quest to build a Super Bowl contender, DeCosta will rely on input from Newsome, head coach John Harbaugh and the scouts. But now DeCosta is the one making the decisions, and he has no intention of merely following an old set of rules.
”I’d like to think I’ll be innovative, aggressive and creative. I intend to question things we’ve done in the past and question why we did it, what we can do to improve and what are the areas we need to exploit to make us better than our opponents,” DeCosta said. “If you just do the same things all the time the same way, they’re going to catch up to you and beat you. You’ve always got to stay ahead.”
DeCosta’s willingness to improve upon the franchise’s team building strategy, particularly by prioritizing positional value, bodes well for Baltimore.
Marshal Yanda looks to put the finishing touches on a Canton-worthy career - Gordon McGuinness
Stellar in pass protection, Yanda hasn’t allowed a sack since Week 7 of the 2015 season. He’s played 1,767 pass blocking snaps since Week 8 of that season and not once has his quarterback been sacked due to Yanda being beaten. In fact, in that same stretch, he has allowed just four quarterback hits, and just 29 total pressures, working out at a pressure once every 60.9 pass-blocking snaps and a hit once every 441.8. His span of starts since he last allowed a sack sits at 41 games, and in those 41 games, he’s ended with a perfectly clean slate in pass protection 21 times.
We know that passing has more value than running, but the Ravens are at least able to boost their rushing attack by having a big-play threat like Lamar Jackson at quarterback. If you take the Ravens’ rushing stats from when Jackson took over as the starting quarterback and extrapolate them over a full 16 game season, then this is a team that has the potential to rush for over 3,000 yards in 2019. If they do indeed hope to achieve that, having a reliable force on the right side of the line is a must and, as we reach the latter stages of Yanda’s career, we should appreciate his consistent dominance on the offensive line while we can. His career is worthy of a spot in Canton, Ohio, and keeping him around for the next two seasons is key to what the Ravens look to do on offense.
Yanda will remain the veteran leader of the offense through the 2020 season after signing a one-year contract extension last week. While guards are often undervalued by Hall of Fame voters, two more All-Pro caliber seasons for a run-first Ravens team that contends for the Super Bowl should give Marshal the recognition he deserves.
FINAL 2019 IOL RANKINGS AND TAKEAWAYS - Joe Marino
1. Garrett Bradbury IOL, NC State
2. Erik McCoy IOL, Texas A&M
3. Chris Lindstrom IOL, Boston College
4. Michael Deiter IOL, Wisconsin
5. Elgton Jenkins IOL, Mississippi State
6. Dru Samia IOL, Oklahoma
7. Nate Davis IOL, Charlotte
8. Lamont Gaillard IOL, Georgia
9. Alex Bars IOL, Notre Dame
10. Connor McGovern IOL, Penn State
11. Michael Jordan IOL, Ohio State
MICHAEL DEITER IS A STUD
A 54-game starter for the Badgers, Deiter has experience playing every position along the offensive line. He is technically-refined, athletic, powerful and profiles as long-term fixture for an NFL offensive line.
NATE DAVIS HAS AN EDGE
As a drive blocker, I love how Davis gets his hands fit, uncoils his hips, accelerates his hips and blocks through the whistle. Davis complements his power with good mobility, heavy hands and the ability to connect with moving targets in space.
Interior offensive line is perhaps the strongest overall position group in this draft class. It boasts top caliber prospects as well as impressive depth, especially when considering the collegiate tackles that will kick inside at the next level.
Dream scenarios for all 32 NFL teams in the 2019 NFL Draft - Michael Renner
22. BALTIMORE RAVENS: OT JONAH WILLIAMS, ALABAMA
As I said, this is each team’s dream scenario and Williams continues to fall down mock draft boards. Taking receiver here would provide little value in a run-heavy attack, so beef up that line for Lamar.
Jonah Williams is an experienced, technically sound blocker who could excel at any of the five positions on the line.