The Baltimore Ravens weekly chat was a time to address what the Ravens did in the draft as well as what they didn't do. You can click here for a full transcript. Here are some highlights:
Bill (Long Beach): Does Ozzie have something up his sleeve for the offensive line? This group was horrible last year even with Monroe. I don't see how we upgraded much aside from center Jeremy Zuttah.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): You have to remember LG Kelechi Osemele missed most of last season with a back injury. So, his return factors into this as well. Plus, RG Marshal Yanda had offseason shoulder surgery last year and didn't look as dominant. He should be better this year, too. Not sure what people wanted the Ravens to do. Monroe was the best option at left tackle. They improved at center. The Ravens were going to stick with Osemele and Yanda. The only question mark is right tackle.
Rich (New Jersey): Ray Rice is dealing with off the field problem, Bernard Pierce is coming off shoulder surgery, and there is Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro. By the time season opener rolls around, which one of the four will Baltimore like see starting ?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Ray Rice is the starting running back. He's not going to serve jail time, so the only issue left is a suspension. I'm guessing that will be in the two to four game range. If Rice is unavailable, the Ravens are banking on Pierce, who should be ready by the start of training camp. Because Taliaferro is a small school prospect, I'm not sure he's ready to start right away.
Pedestrian (South Orange, NJ): We've heard Eric Winston's name often for a free agent tackle pick-up, but who are the free-agent corners that would receive consideration? Do the front office "insiders" already have an idea of who will be cut June 1st?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): The best cornerbacks available right now are Terrell Thomas and Dominique Franks. You don't see too many June 1 cuts anymore because teams can designate them as a June 1 cut and get release them in March.
Mohammed (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia): If the Ravens were high on Towson running back Terrance West, why didn't they reach for him more then getting a blocking tight end?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): West was taken five spots before the Ravens selected TE Crockett Gillmore. The Ravens couldn't have traded up because it was a compensatory pick. Earlier in that round, the Ravens got their starting safety in Terrence Brooks.