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3 interior offensive lineman the Ravens can trade for

Eric DeCosta has traded away two would-be starters at LG, and he’s going to bring in someone - but who?

NFL: NFC Wild Card-Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys
Look for Joe Looney to be a possible trade candidate during the remaining days before roster cut down
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Eric DeCosta sent Jermaine Eluemunor to the New England Patriots for an undisclosed draft pick yesterday, further weakening the left guard competition and leaving question marks on what’s to come. DeCosta will have to make a move, whether it’s bringing in a veteran off the street or trading for someone that may cost a late-round draft pick. Several have stated throughout training camp that the starting left guard was not yet on this roster.

There were reports coming from the Ravens and Eagles joint practices that EDC was on the field staring down the Eagle’s offensive line as they ran through various routine drills. Could this be a premonition of sorts? Let’s look at some possible options that the GM could entertain on the trade market.

Stefan Wisniewski:

Although Wisniewski very well may be a candidate to be released given the Eagles deep run of offensive linemen, DeCosta may try to beat other teams to the punch by trading a late round draft pick for him. Wisniewski was a former second-round pick in the 2011 NFL draft, selected by the Oakland Raiders. Playing for the Raiders for four years as their starting left guard, Wisniewski was once named Rookie of the Week and also selected to Pro Football Weekly’s All-Rookie team. He helped contribute to a few seasons of top-10 rushing attacks, too.

The Jacksonville Jaguars then signed Wisniewski to a one-year contract to play center. After a quick season with the Jaguars, he signed on with the Philadelphia Eagles to start at left guard, only be benched after five weeks in favor of Isaac Seumalo. Not long after this transition takes place, Seumalo went down with a pectoral injury and Wisniewski took back the starting job just in time for the Eagles to win a Super Bowl.

Wisniewski has a track record of being a solid run blocker and a consistent pass blocker from his natural left guard position. He does have the versatility to play center if the Ravens wanted to have a Matt Skura switch to left guard. At 6’3”, 305 pounds, Wisniewski could be a large veteran the Ravens are in dire need of at this point in the offseason.

Possible Trade Scenario

Baltimore Ravens Trade:

  • Conditional 6th round pick

Philadelphia Eagles Trade:

  • Stefen Wisniewski

Laremy Tunsil:

The Miami Dolphins are in the midst of going through a “rebuild” currently and have announced that several players are on the trading block. Laremy Tunsil comes to mind as a possible trade candidate because he was scouted by the Ravens heavily during the 2016 NFL combine.

Several pundits projected Tunsil to be go to Baltimore with their then No. 6 overall pick. Instead, 10 minutes before the draft begun, Tunsil’s twitter account was hacked and showed a video of him smoking a substance out of a gas mask. Laremy was under scrutiny almost his entire college career for several different off-the-field issues. Since entering the league in 2016, Tunsil has been beyond serviceable and has shown versatility to play left tackle or left guard (playing both his rookie season).

Also of note, he hasn’t been involved in any non-football issues since entering the league. Miami picked up his fifth-year option this year - if that is any indication of how well he has played the first few years in the league. Tunsil would be an excellent fit at left guard coming in at 6’5”, 315 pounds.

Although I don’t see this happening after Baltimore passed on him in the draft, Eric DeCosta brings in a new mindset to this front office.

Possible Trade Scenario:

Baltimore Ravens Trade:

6th Round Pick & Jaleel Scott

Miami Dolphins Trade:

Laremy Tunsil

Joe Looney

The Dallas Cowboys have reportedly been listening to trade calls regarding their offensive and defensive line. Joe Looney comes to mind because the Cowboys are absolutely stacked with offensive line talent between Travis Frederick, Tyron Smith, La’el Collins and Zack Martin. Fact of the matter is, Dallas has more depth than most teams in the league. Looney is currently listed as the backup center behind Frederick but also has versatility to play all interior positions.

Coming out of Wake Forest as a four year starter at right guard, he was deemed as a player that is extremely athletic and finishes in both pass and run blocking. Looney is a player that would fit the script for Greg Roman’s scheme in Baltimore. A guard that is able to pull and run aggressively can be used effectively in a system like Roman’s.

Joe Looney would be low-risk, high-reward for a team that needs someone to fill in quickly at the end of the preseason. If Looney isn’t picked up by the Ravens, look for him to get moved to a team looking for a swingman.

Possible Trade Scenario:

Baltimore Ravens Trade:

5th or 6th round pick

Dallas Cowboys Trade:

Joe Looney

As I mentioned above, expect Baltimore’s front office to make a trade as they have in years passed. Eric DeCosta must something up his sleeve after trading away Alex Lewis, Jermaine Eluemunor and Kaare Vedvik. The Ravens have a ton of depth at various positions on both offense and defense. Look for them to possibly use this depth and excess of draft picks to get back something valuable in return.