'Good Chance' Ravens Draft Tight End


It's not thought to be a glaring position of need, but the Ravens are always trying to stay one step ahead.

Thus, Head Coach John Harbaugh said the team is looking at tight ends during the draft process despite having essentially two starters in Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson.

"We're going to have as many tight ends as we can, and I think there's a good chance we'll draft one," Harbaugh said Tuesday at the owners meetings. "It's something we're interested in."

Pitta and Dickson are both restricted free agents. Pitta was given a second-round tender while Dickson, who saw his receiving numbers drop last season, got an original-round tender of the third round.

That means both tight ends could hit the market next year, although Owner Steve Bisciotti told The Baltimore Sun that he's interested in extending Pitta before that happens. Harbaugh also said the Ravens want to lock up some of their young stars early.

Baltimore has more of an immediate opening behind Pitta and Dickson for next year. Blocking veteran Billy Bajema is an unrestricted free agent and the team generally carries at least three tight ends.

The Ravens could look for a young blocker with receiving potential.

It would be surprising to see the Ravens go with a tight end in the early rounds, such as Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert or Stanford's Zach Ertz.

But some intriguing options could be 6-foot-6 Colorado blocker Nick Kasa, Maryland's Matt Furstenburg (who was one of the top combine performers), or Alabama's Michael Williams. All three are known for their blocking and are expected to be on the board in the middle-to-late rounds.

"You can't have enough tight ends," Harbaugh said. "Those guys are such good athletes and such good players."

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