Daniel Faalele fanboys over Ravens’ Lamar Jackson in rookie minicamp

Ravens, Daniel Faalele (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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Baltimore Ravens rookie offensive tackle Daniel Faalele is already a big fan of Lamar Jackson, and hopes are high that he’ll develop into a starting offensive lineman soon enough.

At 6-foot-8, 384 pounds, Faalele is an absolutely massive offensive tackle but fits the mold of a Ravens’ offensive lineman nicely. He’s been compared to former Raven Orlando Brown Jr. at times with the exception that Faalele will likely only play right tackle and isn’t as versatile as Brown was.

Heading into 2022, Faalele will compete for the right tackle position with Morgan Moses and Ja’Wuan James and will try to quickly adapt to learning Baltimore’s offensive scheme. One thing he already know for sure? How good Lamar Jackson is.

Ravens’ rookie Daniel Faalele raves about Lamar Jackson

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow got his much-needed offensive line help this offseason, and Lamar Jackson also got his.

In the 2022 NFL Draft, Baltimore took Tyler Linderbaum, who will fill in immediately at center, along with Faalele, and those two will hopefully create more consistency and reliability along the line.

Faalele notably sat out for the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns, but he greatly raised his draft stock in 2021 with his physical traits as an offensive lineman.

The rookie actually played more rugby than football growing up, having spent his childhood in Australia, and didn’t start playing football until his junior year of high school.

It’s safe to say Faalele’s jump to the NFL represents the beginning of a heartwarming success story, and come season time, he’ll be prepared to protect Jackson at all costs.

Faalele’s massive size does have its disadvantages, though, and time will tell if he can be an effective blocker in the trenches.

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For now, Faalele joins the rest of the rookies in minicamp getting their first taste at what being a Baltimore Raven feels like. We have a feeling it’s going to be a good year.