Mel Kiper's first mock: Ravens land touchdown-scoring offensive tackle

Brian O'Neill would fill a need along the Ravens' offensive line. And he may even score a touchdown or two. AP Photo/Keith Srakocic

The Baltimore Ravens desperately need someone who can get to the end zone.

In Mel Kiper Jr.'s first mock draft the Ravens get one in the first round -- but he's an offensive tackle. Kiper has Pittsburgh tackle Brian O'Neill going to Baltimore at the No. 16 overall pick.

O'Neill is one of the top pass-protectors in this year's draft, but he's known more for his scoring ability. The athletic 6-foot-6, 305-pound tackle drew attention for his three runs over the past two seasons, scoring touchdowns on two of them (24 and 5 yards).

This would be an underwhelming pick, especially for those wanting a playmaking wide receiver or tight end in the first round. Kiper has Baltimore selecting O'Neill even with two receivers, Texas A&M's Christian Kirk and SMU's Courtland Sutton, still on the board.

The addition of O'Neill would solidify the Ravens' offensive line, especially if the team decides to part ways with right tackle Austin Howard. Baltimore can create $3 million by cutting Howard.

The Ravens bring back Ronnie Stanley at left tackle and return injured starting guards Marshal Yanda and Alex Lewis. If Ryan Jensen leaves in free agency, Baltimore can go with Matt Skura, who played surprisingly well at right guard last season.

That would leave the biggest question mark at right tackle. And that's why, while it might not be popular, selecting O'Neill does make sense.