Ravens Boost O-Line With ‘Angry’ SEC Blocker in Latest Mock Draft

Ravens Kenyon Green

Getty Texas A&M Aggies offensive lineman Kenyon Green blocks during a September 2021 game.

The Baltimore Ravens are thought to be targeting multiple offense linemen in the 2022 NFL Draft, as evidenced by the comments of general manager Eric DeCosta at the NFL Combine.

“Offensive line, I think is very, very strong this year,” said DeCosta on March 2, “We’ve had a chance to meet with some guys already. I’m impressed with the players that we’ve met with.”

With uncertainty at center and both tackle positions, the Ravens could prioritize versatility when targeting offensive linemen in the draft, potentially leading them to Texas A&M’s Kenyon Green.

Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports projected that Baltimore would take Green with the 14th overall selection in April’s draft, with other potential picks like Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner and Derek Stingley Jr. already off the board.


Green Mocked to Ravens at 14

Wilson sees the former Aggie standout as a Day 1 starting in Baltimore, writing:

Green plays angry, which immediately makes him a good fit in Baltimore. He can plays outside or inside and at Texas A&M he lined up against some of the best defensive linemen and edge rushers in the country. The Ravens need help at offensive tackle and Green, who may ultimately play inside in the NFL, provides the unit with some versatility.

Green’s three years at the SEC with starts at both guard and both tackle positions provided him with a ton of diverse experience against college football’s best, so he’d adapt quickly to professional competition. With the Ravens looking to rebound from a losing season back into the playoffs with limited cap space, getting solid contributions from their rookies – especially Green, a surefire first-round pick – will be crucial.


Green Could Start Right Away in Baltimore

Even before the 2021 NFL Draft, Green was mentioned by many draft scouts as a potential 2022 first-round pick after excelling in his first two seasons at right and left guard.

Green showed off all of the traits of an NFL guard, pairing dominance as a run blocker with a willingness to look for work in pass protection.

With unteachable size and a solid resume, Green was thought to be one of the top offensive lineman prospects in college football heading into the 2021 season. He’s an explosive run-blocker with extremely good movement skills, especially for his 6-foot-3, 325-pound frame, and he actively looks for work in pass protection.

His raw quickness and strength would already put him in contention for an early starting job in the NFL, but Green’s hours of solid tape against top competition feature strong fundamental technique that will translate quickly to the pros.

 

With the draft approaching in April, Green is widely thought to be the class’s second-best interior offensive lineman prospect, behind Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum, who’s been projected to the Ravens in multiple mock drafts.

But Green has something that Linderbaum – or any other offensive lineman in the country, for that matter – doesn’t: winning reps against potential 2023 No. 1 overall pick Will Anderson Jr. at two different positions.

 

Green’s play at left tackle is even more impressive considering that his start against Alabama was his lone game at the position in his college career. He also made two starts at right tackle and proved that he has the tools to succeed at the position.

 

However, Green ultimately projects best as a guard in the NFL, with All-Pro potential if he’s able to settle into one position. Though he comes into the league with over 2,000 snaps of SEC football under his belt, he spent his final season shuffling between four different positions.

That versatility can be valuable, especially for a Ravens team with multiple holes along its offensive line, but Green’s long-term success in the NFL will come as an offensive guard.

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Deanna Fairchild
Deanna Fairchild
2 months ago

getting solid contributions from

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