Ravens roster review: Final year with Marshal Yanda and Kelechi Osemele?


This is the fifth part of the offseason series that is focusing on the Baltimore Ravens' position groups as they continue organized team activities (OTAs). This post will look at the Ravens' offensive line.

Returning: LT Eugene Monroe*, LG Kelechi Osemele*, C Jeremy Zuttah*, RG Marshal Yanda*, RT Rick Wagner*, G-C John Urschel, OT James Hurst, OL Jah Reid (re-signed), C-G Ryan Jensen, OL Marcel Jones (practice squad)

Newcomers: G Robert Myers (fifth round), OT Darryl Baldwin (undrafted), G Kaleb Johnson (undrafted), OT Blaine Clausell (undrafted), C-G Nick Easton (undrafted), G Leon Brown (undrafted), OT De'Ondre Wesley (undrafted)

Departures: C Gino Gradkowski (traded to Broncos), G Will Rackley (free agent)

Roster spots likely available: Eight or nine

Competition: Yanda vs. Osemele for a contract extension. The general thinking is the Ravens are only going to keep one of their top guards after this season. Both are entering the final years of their deals, and both are going to command top dollar for their position. The Ravens are going to target Yanda for an extension over Osemele because he's perhaps the top lineman in the NFL right now and is a future Ring of Honor candidate. If the Ravens feel they're not going to get anything done with Yanda, Baltimore could turn its attention to Osemele. The Ravens would like to keep both, but it's unrealistic to do so in the salary-cap era. Plus, the Ravens have Urschel waiting in the wings.

Outlook: No group improved more on the Ravens than the offensive line. Baltimore jumped 20 spots in Pro Football Focus' rankings, going from No. 23 in 2013 to No. 3 last season. The good news for the Ravens is they return all five of their starters, although some are still nursing injuries. Wagner underwent foot surgery in late December, and Zuttah had offseason hip surgery. Monroe is coming off a season in which he missed five games due to knee and ankle issues. All are expected to be fully recovered by training camp. The Ravens have proven backups in Urschel and Hurst, both of whom started a combined 12 games (including playoffs) last season. This could be the deepest offensive line group in coach John Harbaugh's eight seasons.

* Projected starter

Previous offseason reviews: Quarterbacks, running backs, tight ends and wide receivers