Ravens' draft primer: Joel Bitonio

April, 10, 2014
With 28 days until the NFL draft begins, here is another potential draft prospect for the Baltimore Ravens:


Position: Offensive lineman

School: Nevada

Height/weight: 6-4, 302

Round projection: Second or third round

File this away: His father, Mike Bitonio, was a mixed martial arts fighter. He died at the age of 45 in 2010.

Good: Extremely tough and durable, Bitonio plays with a mean streak and isn't afraid to mix it up. He showed his versatility at the Senior Bowl, where he lined up at offensive tackle, guard and center. His character and leadership is outstanding.

Bad: He started at left tackle in college, but he doesn't have the size or arm length to project to that position in the NFL. It could be a transition for him to move inside. Bitonio can be inconsistent with his technique and has a tendency to fall off blocks.

Bottom line: The Ravens should be interested in Bitonio because he is an effective zone blocker and he has the versatility they typically covet in offensive linemen. If the Ravens don't draft a lineman in the first round, Bitonio would be a good value pick in the second or third round. They're looking for a guard or right tackle, and Bitonio could possibly play both positions.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter



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