The Ravens reportedly have interesting in Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson, via Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun. Johnson is considered one of the top three tackles available in the draft, and is certainly a candidate to go in the first 10 or 15 picks.
Oct 13, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooner tackle Lane Johnson (69) in action against Texas Longhorns defensive end Alex Okafor (80) during the red river rivalry at the Cotton Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Just because Johnson is so highly touted, it doesn’t mean he can’t end up a Raven. The Ravens have 12 total picks in this year’s draft, and could strike a deal with a team like the Jets that are looking to trade back and stockpile picks. The Jets have the ninth and thirteenth overall picks in the draft after dealing Darelle Revis to Tampa Bay, and could be a good trade partner for a trade if the Ravens have their eyes set on any of the top talents available.
Johnson wuold certainly be a welcomed addition to this Ravens roster, as the team’s left tackle situation remains unclear heading into voluntary mini camps. With Bryant McKinnie still on the free agent market, the Ravens are looking at Jah Reid or Michael Oher (who is much better on the right side) as their starting blind-side tackle, which is less than ideal for a playoff contender like Baltimore.
Whether the Ravens pull off a deal to move up or not remains to be seen, but what we do know is that Ozzie Newsome always has a plan. So trust Ozzie, and everything will be ok.
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