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The Baltimore Ravens tend to keep their draft plans pretty close to their chest. However, we can glean a little bit by who the Ravens meet with ahead of the 2021 NFL draft. According to Justin Melo of The Draft Network, Baltimore has met with Oklahoma State offensive tackle Teven Jenkins.
Jenkins is considered to be a first-round option, currently ranked No. 36 on Draft Wire’s big board. With current right tackle Orlando Brown Jr. looking to be traded, the Ravens could very well have a huge hole to fill on their offensive line come draft day and Jenkins could be the solution.
Of course, even if Baltimore doesn’t trade Brown, Jenkins would still make a lot of sense. He’s played at both guard and tackle, providing the type of versatility the Ravens love to see in their offensive lineman. And with right guard still being an open spot after last season’s lackluster play, Jenkins could find a home there if Brown sticks around.
Even if Baltimore manages to get lucky and can retain Brown while having an answer at right guard, the lack of depth at tackle is concerning enough to still warrant spending an early-round selection on someone like Jenkins. Tyre Phillips simply wasn’t very good his rookie season and with D.J. Fluker’s lackluster play and free-agent status, it makes more sense for the Ravens to stack talent at the position this offseason.
According to Jordan Reid of The Draft Network, Jenkins certainly plays like a Raven.
“A well above average finisher, Jenkins is the type of offensive lineman that attempts to humiliate players in the opposite color jersey. The echo of the whistle doesn’t slow down his process and he continues on with his process until he wants to conclude.”
It’s important to note that player meetings ultimately mean very little come draft day. There are 31 other teams with their own needs up and there’s no indication where Baltimore ranks any player on their draft board. For that matter, the Ravens could address their offensive line solely through free agency and enter the 2021 NFL draft without a need at tackle. But in an offseason that has no NFL Scouting Combine and will be virtual, any clues are welcome ones.