Saturday Draft Recap: Ravens Strengthen Offensive Line

On Saturday the Ravens made their final three picks of the 2017 draft. After drafting four defensive players in the first three rounds, Ozzie Newsome and company picked up their first offensive players in rounds four and five.

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Siragusa started every game in his last three years at San Diego State. Credit: @GoAztecs on Twitter

With the 122nd overall pick, the Ravens selected guard Nico Siragusa from San Diego State. Going into the 2017 draft, the Ravens had many needs on both sides of the ball.  One of those was certainly the lack of depth on the offensive line.

 

With the departure of two starters, Ricky Wagner and Jeremy Zuttah, the Ravens desperately needed someone to fill either of those voids. Siragusa will have a prime opportunity to do just that in 2017.

Experts say Siragusa has an NFL ready frame and the ability to dominate inside on the run game.  His potential weakness is playing outside or pulling in blocking schemes.  Pass protection could also be an issue early on in his professional career.

The fourth round pick also becomes the second Siragusa to wear a Ravens uniform but has no relation to former defensive tackle, Tony Siragusa.

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Eluemunor’s hand and upper body strength will make him a nice addition to the Ravens O-line. Credit: 247 sports 

In the fifth round the Ravens picked up another offensive lineman. Jermaine Eluemunor, from Texas A&M, will look to compete for a spot on the Ravens O-line just like Siragusa.

 

Eluemunor grew up in London before coming to New Jersey at the age of 14.  While in England, Eluemunor played a lot of rugby but switched to wrestling and football in high school.  The fifth round pick is being praised for his upper body strength and ability to work in different blocking schemes.  However, some experts are saying his lack of experience in college is a weakness along with his footwork.

The Ravens final pick of the 2017 draft came in the sixth round when they selected safety, Chuck Clark from Virginia Tech at 186 overall. Clark was a team captain for two season at Virginia Tech and…

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Chuck Clark joins a strong Ravens secondary for 2017.  Credit: Roanoke Times

Experts like Clark’s no hesitation tackling approach and his ability to play a combo safety role. With the Ravens making great strides this off-season to strengthen their secondary, Clark’s immediate role is in question. His weaknesses mainly revolve around his size. At 6’o”, Clark is shorter than the NFL norm.

 

The Ravens walk away from the 2017 draft with a defense that is ready for the regular season.  At the same time, Joe Flacco and the offense will be looking at an uphill battle if the team cannot add more offensive playmakers before the season begins.

As far as the Offensive line is concerned, Ozzie did make some efforts to patch up the holes but Siragusa and Eluemunor are far from guaranteed starters.

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