The Baltimore Ravens selected Orlando Brown Jr. and it makes too much sense:
When the NFL Draft process started Orlando Brown Jr. was being to mocked to the Baltimore Ravens with the 16th pick. He ended up falling to the purple and black at the 83rd pick. This pick makes sense for several reasons.
The Ravens are getting a legacy player, Orlando Brown played for Baltimore in 1996-1998 and 2003-2005. His son is now the newest Raven and he looks a lot like his father. Brown Jr. put on a show at Oklahoma. He played well on the field. Remember Brown Jr. fell down the board because of the combine, the eye test was not his problem.
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The Ravens got a steal here. They selected a player who is 6’8″ 345 pounds of NFL talent. The Ravens needed a right tackle after they didn’t pick up Austin Howard’s option. For all the people worrying about James Hurst at right tackle, that’s no longer something to fear. The Ravens addressed a need with each pick.
The Bottom Line:
In the third round the combine results shouldn’t worry the Ravens. Being in the third round, the risk is worth the reward. The upside is as tall as the player is in this case. The Ravens may end up with the best offensive tackle combination in the NFL. Ronnie Stanley is a great left tackle. With Marshall Yanda and Alex Lewis coming back and Matt Skura as a viable option at center this is the kind of pick that will take the Ravens to the next level.
In review, the Ravens got a need filled. They got a sentimental trip down memory lane with a son that could live up to his father’s name. Finally the Ravens offensive line now has been given the chance to bully defenses around. When the season starts, there is a lot to look forward to.