The Ravens haven’t taken a true interior offensive lineman in the first three rounds since that 2007 draft. They’ve never drafted a center in the first round, and only took one in the first three rounds (Casey Rabach in 2001).
DeCosta said that’s not because they don’t value drafting centers early, but rather that college supply hasn’t met demand. Typically, there is only one (or zero) centers drafted in the first round each year.
“I think it’s a really important position,” DeCosta said. “That being said, there is always a very small amount of names on the draft board at that position – top guys – every single year. … Now, this year, it’s a little different. I can think of three or four centers in the draft that have a chance to be first-round, second-round picks. So, we’ll see.”
“The guard position is critical,” DeCosta said. “We see that as an opportunity for us to improve and there are some really good guards in this draft. … There are probably four or five guards that have a chance to be first- or second-round picks in this draft class.”
Lance Zierlein’s top interior lineman are Jonah Williams, Dalton Risner, Garrett Bradbury, Cody Ford, Erik McCoy, Chris Lindstrom, Elgton Jenkins and Connor McGovern.
Best 2019 NFL Draft player fits for each team in the AFC North - Michael Renner
The Ravens have their quarterback in Lamar Jackson, so it would be wise to surround him with receiving talent. The team recently cut ties with Michael Crabtree and John Brown headed to Buffalo as a free agent, so someone like N’Keal Harry would be a great addition to the offense.
In addition to Harry, Clelin Ferrell and Devin Bush are named as ideal fits.
The Baltimore Ravens are looking at some of the top running backs in the class, starting with Alabama chain-movers Damien Harris and Josh Jacobs, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports via a source informed of the situation. Harris is with the Ravens already and set to visit the Cowboys later tonight, while Jacobs will fly in to Baltimore tonight with a visit scheduled for tomorrow.
Walter Cherepinsky also lists Jaylon Ferguson, Erik McCoy, Shareef Miller and Reggie White Jr. as prospects the Ravens have hosted for official visits.
MILES SANDERS HAS EVERYTHING
Jacobs and Sanders are the only two backs in this year’s class that are multifaceted backs that project favorably as lead backs at the next level.
Sanders has inside/outside run ability but also excels as a receiver. While there a few items to cleanup, Sanders has to eliminate his fumbling issues.
MIKE WEBER IS UNDER-APPRECIATED
He attacks defenses with good vision, pace, rhythm and balance. He features terrific spatial awareness and seems to always be two steps ahead as a ball carrier.
Weber’s hands are reliable and he has the tools to succeed in pass protection, make him a viable every-down contributor.
WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE ABOUT JUSTICE HILL?
He is a shifty runner that makes dynamic cuts with exciting lateral agility.
His hands are very natural and those same elusive traits that make defenders look silly trying to tackle Hill in space show up as a route runner.
North Dakota State’s Bruce Anderson is Marino’s favorite running back ‘sleeper’.