These Four Linemen Impressed DeCosta

Eric DeCosta named some players who could be intriguing options in the first or second round.

Posted by Garrett Downing on Sunday, April 8th, 2012 at 10:59 am | Categories: 2012 NFL Draft, 2012 Offseason, Garrett Downing

The Ravens have been clear that they want to make upgrades along the offensive line this offseason and right now the draft is the most likely place for that to happen.

Baltimore has shown interest in prospects at every position along the line and during last week’s pre-draft press conference, Director of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta highlighted some of the top interior linemen in his year’s class. 
DeCosta pointed specifically to four linemen who have impressed him:

  • David DeCastro, Guard, Stanford
  • Kevin Zeitler, Guard, Wisconsin
  • Peter Konz, Center, Wisconsin
  • Cordy Glenn, Guard, Georgia

DeCastro is widely regarded as the top guard in the draft and one of the best college linemen. Most draft experts expect him to get picks in the top 20, and several mocks have him going to the Cincinnati Bengals.
If he were to slip to Baltimore, DeCastro would likely come in and compete for the starting left guard position from day one.
“DeCastro from Stanford is a guy that a lot of teams are looking at as a guard,” DeCosta said. “He’s a tough guy, a good player.”
Zeitler is another option who is expected to go late in the first round or sometime in the second. Taking him with the 29th-overall pick could be a stretch for the Ravens, but he might be a great fit if he’s still around when the Ravens draft in the second. 
“Zeitler from Wisconsin is another guard – a good player [who] had a good week at the Senior Bowl,” DeCosta said. “[He] played really well in the game, not as well in the practices.  He’s a good player.”
The player most linked to the Ravens in various mock drafts is Konz, this year’s top center prospect. He could also likely play guard, which makes him an attractive option for a team like the Ravens.
Ravens representatives reportedly attended his “impressive” workout last week.
If the Ravens end up taking Konz, he could fill an immediate need at left guard and then move over to center when veteran Matt Birk retires. Birk, 35, signed a three-year deal with the Ravens this offseason.
DeCosta said that Konz is “another good player at center,” but he also pointed out that he’s “had some injuries.” Konz dealt with ankle injuries the last two seasons and the injury last him cost him the final four games of the season. 
The final player DeCosta highlighted was Glenn, a versatile lineman for Georgia. Having a player that can move around to various positions could be a bonsus for the Ravens, who will likely do some re-shuffling on the line over the next couple of season.
Glenn will likely be around when the Ravens pick in the first round.
“He’s a swing guy,” DeCosta said. “He’s played some left tackle, left guard, right tackle, right guard – has some versatility.  He’ll probably get picked between pick 15 and pick 35, right in that range, too.”
And if the Ravens end up not going with an offensive linemen in the first two rounds, DeCosta believes the draft is deep enough that there will players available in the later rounds who the Ravens like.
“I think we have players in every round that we like,” he said. “One of the things we try to do is ascertain the value, league-wise, and then look at our value, how we value players.  And usually, there’s a match there for us.”

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