Returning are Pro Bowl heart Tyler Linderbaum and left sort out Ronnie Stanley, who the Ravens are hoping can keep wholesome and get again to his beforehand dominant kind.

As of now, the guard spots appear like a battle between Ben Cleveland, Sala Aumavae-Laulu, and Andrew Vorhees, and proper sort out shall be Daniel Faalele or Patrick Mekari, who has been the unit’s sixth man.

The Ravens will possible use a number of draft picks (they’ve 9) on offensive linemen with these picked on Days 1 or 2 possible competing for a beginning spot from the leap.

“It is an efficient draft for offensive linemen. The timing is sweet there,” Harbaugh stated. “So we’ll have an opportunity, I’m fairly positive, so as to add some guys within the draft.”

Here’s how the Ravens rebuilt their offensive line the three earlier instances, and takeaways from every course of:

2008 – 2012

This rebuild was a multi-season effort, finally culminating with an offensive line that was an enormous a part of retaining Joe Flacco clear for the 2012 Super Bowl run.

Filling Ogden’s sneakers at left sort out proved trickiest. The Ravens did not have the posh of drafting one early in 2008 as a result of they needed to get a quarterback (Flacco) first. Baltimore took pictures on a pair of mid-round linemen, Oniel Cousins and David Hale, within the third and fourth rounds however neither grew to become full-time starters.

The excellent news was they’d a trio of offensive linemen from the 2007 draft who have been able to step into bigger roles – first-rounder Ben Grubbs, third rounder Marshal Yanda, and fifth-rounder (supplemental draft) Jared Gaither.

Gaither had the particularly tall process of stepping in for Ogden as a rookie and lasted a year-and-a-half within the position. Grubbs was an anchor at left guard for the subsequent 4 seasons, and Yanda performed guard and sort out (wherever wanted), establishing himself as a perennial Pro Bowler.

Baltimore bought its confirmed heart in 2009, signing free-agent veteran Matt Birk following the retirement of Matt Flynn and free-agent departure of Jason Brown. Birk solidified the unit for years to return.

Then the Ravens took their first-round sort out in 2009 with Michael Oher. While the film based mostly on his life was known as “The Blind Side,” Oher spent most of his profession at proper sort out.

The Ravens finally went the free-agent route at left sort out, signing veteran Bryant McKinnie earlier than the 2011 season. He additionally took over for Oher at left sort out within the 2012 playoffs, which shuffled and unlocked the entire unit. The second-round draft choice sort out/guard Kelechi Osemele in 2012 was additionally essential for the Super Bowl-winning offensive line.

  • Finding a alternative left sort out is hard, even within the late first spherical
  • Drafting and growing guards is usually a great resolution
  • Need an anchor at heart

2013 – 2016

Trying to seek out their long-term left sort out resolution, the Ravens traded for veteran Eugene Monroe halfway by means of the 2013 season. He completed that 12 months sturdy, incomes a five-year, $37.5 million deal the next offseason. However, accidents restricted him to simply 17 video games whole after inking that deal, and Ravens launched him in 2016. Baltimore was pressured to lean on undrafted sort out James Hurst.

The Ravens let Oher stroll in free company following the 2013 season and put their religion in proper sort out Ricky Wagner, a fifth-round choose the 12 months earlier than. Wagner excelled, beginning practically each recreation for the subsequent three years earlier than inking a giant take care of the Lions.

The Ravens’ different youth gamble did not work out as properly, as 2012 fourth-round choose Gino Gradkowski struggled to step into Birk’s sneakers after the veteran retired. Baltimore traded for Jeremy Zuttah a 12 months later and he began many of the video games over the subsequent three seasons. Fifth-round choose John Urschel additionally seemed able to step into the position however retired early.

  • Middle-round younger gamers entering into beginning roles could be hit-or-miss
  • Free agent left tackles are costly and it is painful once they do not work out
  • High-quality facilities make a giant distinction

2016 – 2019

The Ravens discovered their left sort out, grabbing Stanley with the sixth-overall choose. He began from Day 1 and rapidly emerged as one of many league’s finest at his place.

Baltimore additionally drafted Alex Lewis within the fourth spherical and he received the beginning left guard job as a rookie. Injuries finally restricted Lewis to simply 20 video games in his three years with the Ravens, however he an on the spot hit.

Ryan Jensen, a sixth-round choose in 2014, took over because the beginning heart in 2017 and flourished, incomes a big-time take care of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the place he went on to win a Super Bowl and go to a Pro Bowl. With Jensen gone, the Ravens turned to undrafted Matt Skura after which Mekari.

The Ravens patched proper sort out with veteran Austin Howard in 2017, changing Wagner, earlier than drafting the alternative, Orlando Brown Jr., within the third spherical in 2018. Brown grew to become a starter seven video games into his rookie season and by no means seemed again.

Baltimore picked Bradley Bozeman within the sixth spherical in 2018 and handed him the left guard keys in 2019, the place he excelled for 2 years earlier than sliding again to his pure heart place.

The Ravens had the most effective offensive line within the league and three Pro Bowlers in 2019, with Stanley and Brown because the bookend tackles and Yanda placing the ending touches on his Hall-of-Fame worthy profession sturdy. They paved the best way for Lamar Jackson’s first MVP season.

  • Stockpile Day 3 offensive linemen who can turn into dependable starters
  • A top-notch offensive sort out duo can unlock an offense

2020 – 2023

The Ravens struggled to interchange Yanda at proper guard in 2020. Then Stanley suffered a significant ankle damage days after inking his mega five-year extension, which flipped Brown to left sort out, the place he felt he belonged all alongside and set into movement his commerce request the next offseason.

The Ravens solved the guard drawback in 2021 by signing veteran Kevin Zeitler, who was considered one of their higher worth signings of the previous decade. But Stanley solely made it by means of one recreation earlier than having to return on the shelf, which pressured free-agent addition Alejandro Villanueva again to left sort out after he was signed to play proper.

They Ravens addressed the sort out challenge in 2022 by inking one other veteran in Morgan Moses, who was additionally a robust addition for the previous two years. Baltimore grabbed its heart for years to return with Linderbaum within the first spherical of the 2022 draft.

At left guard, the Ravens continued with their draft-and-develop technique, with Bozeman, 2019 fourth-round choose Ben Powers, and 2020 third-round choose Tyre Phillips getting begins. Phillips was finally traded, however Powers was successful who began all 17 video games in 2022 earlier than leaving for a profitable deal in Denver. His alternative, Simpson, was one other veteran signing that labored out.

The Ravens once more had top-of-the-line offensive traces within the NFL (No. 5, per Pro Football Focus) in 2023, however 4 starters have been 30+ years outdated and it was going to be expensive to maintain them.

  • Draft and develop guards
  • Don’t wish to be skinny at offensive sort out
  • Right participant, proper worth veterans are hit and miss