Friday, May 9, 2014
Coin flip didn't cost Ravens a right tackle
By Jamison Hensley
The Dallas Cowboys selected Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin with the No. 16 overall pick, much to the chagrin of Baltimore Ravens fans wanting to fill a need on the right side of the line. The only reason why the Cowboys were one spot ahead of the Ravens was because of a coin flip at the NFL combine.
Did the Ravens lose out on a starting right tackle because of a random twist of fate? Not so, according to the Ravens.
A Ravens official confirmed that the team had Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley rated higher than Martin. So, based on the Ravens' draft board, they still would've taken Mosley over Martin if both were available No. 17. Assistant general manager Eric DeCosta said as much Thursday night, when he indicated Mosley would've been their best player available if they were picking at No. 10.
The Ravens were high on Martin, and they were surprised that he lasted that long in the first round. But the Ravens don't see offensive tackle as pressing of a need as others. There is no panic if they have to start Rick Wagner, a fifth-round pick from a year ago, at right tackle.
Their confidence in Wagner doesn't preclude the Ravens from finding a starter on the offensive line in the second or third round. There are some solid prospects who could fall to the Ravens at No. 48 overall: UCLA guard Xavier Su'a-Filo, Nevada guard-tackle Joel Bitonio, Alabama tackle Cyrus Kouandjio and Stanford guard David Yankey. If the Ravens take a guard, Kelechi Osemele would move from left guard to right tackle.
You can be upset that the Ravens are still looking to upgrade the offensive line heading into the second day of the draft. You just can't be upset at the Cowboys for taking a right tackle away from the Ravens.