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2018 Ravens Draft Watch: Auburn OL Austin Golson

February 21, 2018
An NFL team meeting with individual players is a significant part of the draft process. These meetings can happen at the NFL Combine, pro days, the Senior Bowl or a private workout. 
For fans following the process, these meetings are sort of like poker tells for the draft, as they indicate what positions a team could be focusing on. Do teams draft players they haven't met? Yes, they do. It happens all the time, but they have often spoken to other players at that position. 

Who have the Baltimore Ravens met with so far? Check out the list at

So far, teams have had access to players at the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl. The Ravens met with Auburn offensive lineman Austin Golson at the Senior Bowl. Let's get to know him better. 

Tale of the Tape: 

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 312 pounds 

Strengths: Golson is a smart, versatile lineman who started at four positions in 2017 (center, left tackle, left guard and right tackle). He played well during the second half of 2017, especially against Alabama and Georgia. He is mostly viewed as a center or guard prospect -- with most of his experience coming at center. He has solid technique at the point of attack and is a better run-blocker than pass protector. 

Areas for Improvement: Golson needs to add some strength, and he struggles against quick defensive linemen. He needs to improve his pass protection. 

Other Notes: Golson was a team captain who earned third-team All-SEC in 2017. He was also on the preseason Rimington Trophy watch list. He played as a graduate student in education and earned SEC Academic Honor Roll. 

Draft Projection: Golson is an experienced player who played in 50 college games games (38 at Auburn, 12 at Ole Miss) He started all 38 games he played at Auburn. He is rated as one of the top 10 centers and should be a fifth- or sixth-round pick. He could surprise quickly in the NFL.

Phoot Credit: Courtesy of Auburn Athletics