So today the Ravens tendered a 1st round pick to their starting LT Jared Gaither. At 6'9" 340 lbs. Gaither is an absolute mammoth of a man, and a pretty good LT. He is only 24 years old, and is thought to have the potential to become an elite LT in the league. Some of you may see where I'm going with this but if not.....
..I'll make it more clear for you! Why don't we give up our 1st round pick in order to get Gaither? I know it might sound crazy and the thought of losing a 1st round draft pick isn't necessarily a pleasant one but if you think about it, it makes sense.
More then anything else we need a LT. Chad Clifton has at most probably one year left in his career, and it may not even be a full year. The consensus as soon as we lost to the Cardinals seemed to be alright, let's go draft our franchise LT in the 1st round of this coming draft. It sounds and sounded like a great plan but as we continue to get closer and closer to draft day, it appears more and more likely that none of what are considered to be the top LT prospects will drop to 23, and while guys like Brown (USC) and Campbell (Maryland) will probably be available, taking either of them would likely be a stretch which is something you don't want to do with your 1st round pick.
So with that being said, why not essentially use our 1st round pick on an already proven LT in the league, and a guy that still has room to grow? It would fufill our greatest need and could save us the difficulty of having to try and find a LT, which isn't a very ideal problem to have.
So, what do you guys think? Don't bash me too much :)!