Over the last couple of weeks, the
They drafted Wisconsin tackle Rick Wagner in the fifth round and Ryan Jensen, a tackle from Colorado State University-Pueblo, in the sixth. Immediately after the draft, they agreed to undrafted free agent deals with tackles Jordan Devey (Memphis), Rogers Gaines (Tennessee State) and J.J. Unga (Midwestern State).
This week, they finalized deals for two veterans:
Assuming there are no injuries and the highly scrutinized McKinnie shows up to training camp in shape, the expectation is that the starting offensive line on Sept. 5 in Denver will be McKinnie at left tackle,
But the competition for the other three or four offensive line spots may come down to position flexibility and versatility. If Shipley can't beat out Gradkowski for the starting center spot, can he be counted on to back up at both guard spots, like veteran
It will be several months before we know the answers to those questions, but it's easy to look at the 17-man group, which also includes center
Heading into the Super Bowl, the Ravens carried eight offensive linemen on their active roster, one on injured reserve (Reid) and two on the practice squad (Cornell and McClain).
As of now, their current top eight appears to be (in no particular order): Yanda, Oher, Osemele, McKinnie, Gradkowski, Shipley, Harewood and Reid. But Wagner and Jensen will obviously figure into the mix as the Ravens give their draft picks every opportunity to make the squad.