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In NFL draft, Ravens 'were not going to just reach down' to pick an offensive tackle

Team picked defensive players with four of first five picks, looks to assess current options on O-line

May 11, 2014|By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun

"We have three tackles here, because K.O. can play tackle, we've got Ricky, and we've got Eugene," Newsome said. "We'll just shake things up, and see how the best thing happens. As you all well know, we're not done as far as building this football team. If the opportunity presents itself for us to acquire a player to play tackle if we need to, we'll be able to do it."

Newsome said he wants to make sure the Ravens take the time to properly evaluate their own players.

"Even if we had drafted [St. Louis Rams first-round tackle] Greg Robinson, we've got these young guys, and we need to give these young guys a chance," Newsome said. "I think guys should fail on the field, so we're going to give these guys the opportunity to fail on the field. That way, we know whether they can [play] or not, but we feel real good about them."

NOTES: The Ravens have agreed to terms with several undrafted rookie free agents, including Middle Tennessee State cornerback Sammy Seamster, North Carolina offensive tackle James Hurst, Western Kentucky linebacker Xavius Boyd, Utah State defensive tackle A.J. Pataiali'i, Texas Tech linebacker Terrance Bullitt, Boston College fullback-tight end Jake Sinkovec, Ashland (Ohio) defensive tackle Jamie Meder, Iowa offensive tackle Brett Van Sloten, Virginia Tech defensive tackle Derrick Hopkins, Tennessee-Martin wide receiver Jeremy Butler, North Texas linebacker Zach Orr, Oklahoma State offensive tackle Parker Graham, Houston punter Richie Leone and Northern Colorado wide receiver Jace Davis. … UNLV wide receiver Jerry Rice Jr. wrote on Twitter that he'll be attending the Ravens' rookie minicamp. Rice Jr. is the son of Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice. … Georgetown strong safety Dustin Wharton, Tennessee-Martin outside linebacker D.J. Roberts, Michigan running back Fitzgerald Toussaint and Marshall defensive end Jeremiah Taylor were invited to minicamp on a tryout basis.

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