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Rant Sports 2014 NFL Mock Draft: Baltimore Ravens Select Taylor Lewan at No. 17

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With the No. 17 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select Taylor Lewan Michigan.

The Ravens are extremely happy to see Lewan fall to their pick at No. 17. Lewan is a top-ranked offensive tackle that the Ravens desperately need. Lewan played 48 career games over 4 years for Michigan and he started all 39 games for the team during his last three seasons. Lewan completely anchored the team’s offensive line during his final two seasons and won the Big Ten Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year award both seasons. Lewan is an experienced and polished offensive tackle who will have no problem stepping into a starting spot for the Ravens and holding the position down for years to come.

The Ravens have large holes that need to be filled at the offensive tackle and safety positions. With the two 1st round safety talents, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor, already off the board, it was an easy decision to snag Lewan with this pick. Lewan had an outstanding combine highlighted by his 1st place 40-yard dash time (4.79 seconds) and 1st place broad jump (9-foot-9) of any offensive lineman. Lewan has size to match his speed at 6’8, 315 pounds and is a fantastic addition to Ravens’ offensive line.

Offensive tackle Michael Oher left the Ravens this past offseason and signed with the Tennessee Titans, which leaves a wide-open spot for Lewan to fill. Ravens’ QB Joe Flacco also just had the worst season of his career, posting a career-high 22 interceptions and career-low 59% completion percentage. Lewan will be relied upon to solidify Flacco’s pass protection, effectively contribute in run-blocking schemes and be a stable offensive starter for several years. Lewan will meet all expectations.

Cian Lynch is a New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter or add him to your circle on Google