Harewood Has A Chance At RT

Kiper says Baltimore may not draft a tackle because Ramon Harewood could fill the role.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 at 10:07 am | Categories: Ryan Mink

ESPN analyst Mel Kiper could see the Ravens drafting an offensive tackle in the first round this year. But he also believes they may not have to.

Kiper believes second-year tackle Ramon Harewood could be the man for the job at right tackle.

“He’s got a chance, especially with the way the offensive line is with free agents this year,” Kiper said. “They love Harewood. He’s got a lot of promise.”

Harewood, a 6-foot-6, 340-pound sixth-round pick, had surgery on both knees last October and spent the year on injured reserve. He feels he can make a full recovery in time for next season and come back stronger than before.

Harewood was raw coming out of Morehouse College, but showed his athleticism in organized team activities and training camp – despite the bad knees. He’s also a quick learner.

The Ravens also have Oniel Cousins, who is entering his fourth year. The former 2008 third-round pick was having a strong offseason last year before needing throat surgery, which set him back.

He was still active for all 16 games and started in one (Week 14 in Houston) when the Ravens decided to move Marshal Yanda back to guard and add Chris Chester as a blocking tight end for more mass on the front line. That formation lasted just one game, however.

“In [Cousin's] development, this is a huge, huge year for him,” Offensive Line Coach Andy Moeller said. “He needs to take a step forward. He knows that and he’s ready to do that, and I believe he will.”

The Ravens could have a need at right tackle since Yanda, Jared Gaither and Chester are all prospective free agents. Gaither is also coming off a year on injured reserve. Head Coach John Harbaugh said re-signing Yanda is a high priority, but he could move back to guard if he returns.

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