Each spring, as a courtesy to local media and the team’s curious fan base, the
(A fictional example: "Rudy, the kid from Notre Dame? He's a little undersized but he plays with a ton of heart.")
But there are always interesting tidbits to take away from this Q-and-A session with general manager Ozzie Newsome, coach
We have known for a couple of weeks that young defensive lineman
The most significant of those acknowledgements is that Osemele would start at left tackle if the season started today. No mention was made of
"He's done it," DeCosta said of Osemele after the event. "He's played guard for us and played that well. He's played right tackle and played that well. We've seen him play left tackle well. He's a smart guy. He's motivated. He's got long arms. He's a good athlete. He can bend. All those things factor into the equation."
Osemele, a second-round draft pick last April, started every game in 2012. During the regular season, he was at right tackle. The rookie showed great potential at times and struggled at others, allowing seven sacks in the first 12 games, according to Pro Football Focus. Outside of a rough game in the regular-season loss to the
He was moved inside to left guard for the playoffs and played so well there during the team's run to the
Osemele is athletic, strong and pretty flexible, and his long arms and big mitts could potentially help him keep blind-side rushers at bay. He was a quality left tackle at Iowa State. But my colleague Mike Preston doesn't believe Osemele has the "sweet feet" needed to play in the pros, at least not at this point in his career.
Interestingly, one analyst compared Osemele to Oher before the draft. Considering that the Ravens are prepared to play Osemele over Oher, that might not be the most favorable comparison.
There is still a chance that
As it turns out, Osemele could line up against McPhee, whom the Ravens say will be given a chance to get into the mix at rush linebacker.
"We're kind of a hybrid, 4-3, 3-4 team, so we're going to emphasize Pernell a little bit more at outside linebacker in Terrell Suggs' spot and see how he does out there," Harbaugh said. "But he'll still bounce. He's an outside linebacker that can play defensive end, and he'll be a defensive end pass rusher in our even fronts, in our pass-rush scheme."
I'm not sure how I feel about this move. McPhee battled injuries last season and had just 1.5 sacks, but he had six as a rookie. When healthy, he was an effective and valuable interior pass rusher, quickly squeezing between big guys, so I was surprised that the Ravens would be trying him on the outside in certain situations. That being said, they know a lot more about football than I do, so I'll keep an open mind about that switch.
Hall’s transition may be the toughest of the three. He played five games at defensive tackle for the Ravens last season. Listed at six feet and 291 pounds, he had that refrigerator build reminiscent of