With their 5th round pick, the Baltimore Ravens selected Ricky Wagner, 168th overall out of the University of Wisconsin.
Wagner, at 6’6″, 320 pounds was a three-year starter for the Badgers and was named first-team All-Big 10 player in 2012. He’s a combo tackle/guard and the first offensive lineman selected by the Ravens in the draft.
As it is with others on the offensive line, Wagner gives the team the flexibility to play at guard or at tackle where he’s likely to challenge for a spot in protecting quarterback Joe Flacco’s backside.
Wagner brings versatility to the table and according to scouts, seems to be stronger in the run game, getting off of snaps well and using his arms and hands as a strength. Wagner is just a bulldozer, an extremely strong guy who will be able to muscle up on defensive lines.
Scouts have remarked that he’ll have to get better with his footwork, especially if he plays tackle in the NFL against stronger, quicker opponents who can rip off him in getting by to the quarterback.
The Ravens will hope that Wagner can transition into a tackle in the NFL, though it is nice to have a guy they could develop at guard as well.
Ozzie Newsome has stated that if the season were to start today, Kelechi Osemele would be the team’s left tackle, though they could also entertain the idea of bringing Bryant McKinnie back as well.
Matt Lund is a contributor for BaltimoreSportsReport.com and co-host of the BSR Podcast. You can follow him on Twitter @MattCLund.