The Baltimore Ravens upgraded their wide receiver depth and quarterback position this offseason, but now it’s time to shift focus to the collection of offensive line prospects in the 2018 NFL draft.
For the second straight year, the Baltimore Ravens will pick No. 16 overall in the NFL draft. A few months ago, it was almost certain the Ravens would select a play-maker, specifically a wide receiver.
However, with the additions of wideouts Michael Crabtree and John Brown, along with the surprise signing of former Rookie of the Year and new Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin. The Ravens allowed two wideouts to walk and become free agents, however, in Jeremy Maclin and Mike Wallace.
Now the Ravens must work on improving their offensive line to protect quarterback Joe Flacco or even the fragile RG3, who knows. Most noteworthy, the Ravens must enhance their depth at offensive line.
Many NFL draft experts have the Ravens selecting an offensive tackle in the first round. Among the experts is ESPN’s Mel Kiper who projects the Ravens to take Notre Dame offensive tackle, Mike McGlinchey.
The Baltimore Ravens NFL draft 2018 picks includes eight draft picks in total:
- Round 1, Pick 16
- Round 2, Pick 20, No. 52 overall
- Round 3, Pick 19, No. 83 overall
- Round 4, Pick 18, No. 118 overall
- Round 5, Pick 17, No. 154 overall
- Round 6, Pick 16, No. 190 overall
- Round 6, Pick 41, No. 215 overall (Compensatory)
- Round 7, Pick 20, No 238 overall
With right tackle being the Ravens biggest needs heading into the draft, below are five tackle prospects the Ravens should consider in the 2018 NFL draft.
5. Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon
PFF Big Board 2018: No. 62
NFL.com’s Prospect Grade: 5.66 (Chance to become NFL starter)
As the No. 4 ranked offensive tackle according to Pro Football Focus 2018 rankings, Tyrell Crosby delivers a sturdy game and can outpower most defensive tackles. Crosby also has the ability to play at both right and left tackle and excels when playing straight ahead.
A projected second or third round draft pick, Crosby suffered from an ailing hip which may force him to move to guard during his NFL career. Crosby holds the desired NFL size and strength but lacks fundamental speed.
According to NFL.com, some of Crosby’s strengths include:
- Applies an effective combination of mass and length
- Force blocker with top-tier power
- Moves well with feet in running situations
- Owns sufficient versatility at first contact
Crosby suffered an injury in 2016 but rebounded nicely in his senior year with the Oregon Ducks. In 2017, Crosby set a career-high of 540 run block snaps and didn’t allow a single sack.