It's time to click open Part One of our weekend Baltimore Ravens mailbag:
@jamisonhensley Do you think we will trade for a veteran TE at some point before regular season starts?
— eyeofthefink (@eyeofthefink) April 9, 2015
@jamisonhensley: The time for the Ravens to make a trade is during the draft, and the two tight ends that make the most sense are Detroit's Brandon Pettigrew and Jacksonville's Marcedes Lewis. Neither Pettigrew (10 catches last season) nor Lewis (18 catches) offer much in the passing game these days. But both would bring much-needed experience to a Ravens tight end group that currently has one combined NFL start. The Ravens really need to add a pass-catching tight end in the draft and a veteran either through trade or free agency. Pettigrew makes the most sense because the Ravens liked him in the 2009 draft, and he has an affordable $2.8 million salary in 2015. I'm just not sure if the Lions are willing to part ways with Pettigrew because Eric Ebron didn't live up to first-round expectations last season. There could be other opportunities to make a trade during the draft as well. If a team takes Minnesota's Maxx Williams or Miami's Clive Walford in the first couple of rounds, it could be willing to part ways with a veteran tight end. If the Ravens don't trade for a tight end, they can sign an experienced one such as Zach Miller.
@jamisonhensley TE position is on the minds of the front office, any potential prospects in the early mid rounds aside from Maxx Williams?
— Salvador... (@SalSanchez1017) April 9, 2015
@jamisonhensley: This is not a deep draft if you're looking for an all-around tight end. But the Ravens, who are set with Crockett Gillmore as their inline tight end, need a pass-catching one who can get separation and create matchup problems downfield. There should be plenty of value for that type of tight end in the middle rounds: Southern Illinois' MyCole Pruitt (third or fourth round), Rutgers' Tyler Kroft (fourth round), Florida State's Nick O'Leary (fourth or fifth round), Massachusetts' Jean Sifrin (fourth or fifth round), South Alabama's Wes Saxton (fourth or fifth round) and Louisville's Gerald Christian (fifth round). I would be surprised if the Ravens didn't find one with six total picks in the fourth and fifth rounds.
@jamisonhensley is Stefon Diggs a possible late round target
— Grandmarquis (@Marquis_95) April 9, 2015
@jamisonhensley: Assistant general manager Eric DeCosta said he's been to a lot of Maryland games, so he's familiar with Diggs. His ability to be a downfield threat and his return skills add more value to the Ravens. What works against Diggs is he'll be a slot receiver in the NFL. The Ravens already invested a draft pick in Michael Campanaro, a slot receiver who had trouble staying healthy as a rookie. Another factor is whether the Ravens believe Diggs will hold up in the NFL. He wasn't durable at Maryland, where he missed a total of nine games in three seasons. Diggs should go somewhere between the fourth and sixth rounds.