Who’s The Next Oher?

The D-line runs deep in 2010 draft and could offer a steal at No. 26.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Thursday, February 11th, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

Last year, the Ravens were hoping to add some depth with their 26th-overall pick in the draft.

Who would have thought that they could move up to No. 23 and nab what looks to be a longtime starter in offensive tackle Michael Oher?

Now, with the Ravens holding the 25th-overall selection, the search for that next Top-10 talent in the latter part of the round has begun.

I talked with former Ravens and Cleveland Browns scout Daniel Jeremiah, who currently runs the popular Web site MoveTheSticks.com and Twitter feed @MoveTheSticks, for his take on who might fill that role and be a steal at No. 26.

When asked about another Oher-like scenario, Jeremiah went straight to the defensive line. Kelly Gregg and Trevor Pryce are aging, and Dwan Edwards and Justin Bannan are both slated to become unrestricted free agents.  The D-line is certainly a Ravens’ need.

“There are some really, really good D-lineman in this draft,” Jeremiah said this week.  ”Oher kind of came out of left field, and it’s hard to project which guys could slide.

“Last year, the Ravens were lucky because they had a need at offensive tackle, and because it was such a deep draft at that position, Oher got pushed down.  This year, I see depth at defensive tackle.  If they think they want to add depth with Kelly Gregg getting a little older and Trevor Pryce getting up there, it’s a good time to do it at where they stand.  There should be some value at No. 25.”

Jeremiah singled out USC’s Everson Griffin, Penn State’s Jared Odrick and Brian Price out off UCLA as defensive linemen for Ravens fans to watch.

All three highly-touted prospects are talented pass rushers that the Ravens may covet.  And both Griffin and Price are underclassmen, which may affect their draft slotting in a solid talent pool.

“Those guys are defensive lineman that have Top 10 ability,” Jeremiah said of Griffin and Price.  ”In their cases, if they came back next year as a senior, they would be a Top 10 pick.  That’s a possibility for the Ravens this year.”

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