With Bryant McKinnie still adrift in free agency and the Ravens seemingly in no hurry to re-sign him, the Ravens appear to have a sizable hole at left tackle. One solution would be returning Michael Oher to left tackle, where he started all 16 games last season before McKinnie took over that spot in the playoffs.

But at the Ravens pre-draft news conference on Tuesday, general manager Ozzie Newsome suggested that second-year player Kelechi Osemele could be the front-runner for the left tackle job.

Newsome said that the Ravens have had dialogue with McKinnie's agent, Michael George, but nothing is expected to happen until at least after the draft.

Newsome said that, come Week 1, "Could (McKinnie) be our left tackle? He potentially could be. Could K.O. [Osemele] be our left tackle? He could potentially be our left tackle, too."

What was notable about Newsome's response was that Oher's name never came up. Oher started every game at left tackle last season but had his struggles against athletic edge rushers on Joe Flacco's blind side, and Newsome's comments strongly suggested that Oher will be staying on the right side of the line. Oher moved to right tackle once McKinnie was inserted into the starting lineup for the playoffs.

"If we had to line up today with the group that we have," Newsome said, "I think John told [owner] Steve Bisciotti that K.O. would probably get that opportunity (at left tackle).”