The Ravens, who have said all offseason that they would like to improve their offensive line, watched as a run on offensive linemen unfolded between their two picks in the second round.
Two picks after the Ravens drafted Upshaw at pick No. 37, the
Among the seven offensive linemen selected by the time the Ravens were back on the clock at the end of the second round were Wisconsin center
With the 60th pick, the Ravens ended the run with Iowa State guard/tackle
On a media conference call, he said it was frustrating to wait so long for his name to be called.
"I'll just use that as a motivator, more than anything, to help fuel me when I first get in there, and try to prove everybody wrong, prove the naysayers wrong," Osemele told Baltimore media.
Ravens pass on receivers early
Team officials had publicly stated that they wanted to address the offensive line, pass rush and receiving corps during the draft. They took care of those first two needs in the second round of the draft, but after the third ended Friday, they still hadn't taken a wide receiver.
Four wideouts were selected in the first round and five more in the second. With the first pick in the second round, the
Despite the early run on receivers, Newsome said that strong options remain on their board.
"We feel like there's some receivers left on the board that we think can come in and compete with the guys that we have on our roster," Newsome said.
With the 84th pick, the Ravens selected Temple running back Bernard Pierce. Pierce is expected to compete with second-year running back
At 6-foot and 218 pounds, Pierce is a big-bodied back. On a conference call, he said he would welcome getting the ball in short-yardage situations -- an area the Ravens can improve upon.
"I'm a big back," Pierce said. "I'm not going to down easy. I'm going to fight for every yard."
First round wheeling and dealing
On Thursday night, for the fifth time in seven years, the Ravens traded their first-round pick. But they were not alone. There were a record 19 trades in the first round of this year's draft.
The previous high was 15 trades in the first round of the 1995. One of those trades happened when the Cleveland Browns traded their first-rounder to the