Ravens Take Tackle Michael Oher w/ First-Round Pick


After a lot of players that the Ravens may have wanted were taken before their pick, the team decided to address their O-line in the first round, as they took Michael Oher with the 23rd overall pick.

Here’s the lowdown on Oher from Yahoo!: The Ravens get great value at the 23rd pick finding a potential left tackle in the form of Michael Oher. Oher possesses all the physical and athletic skills to become a starting left tackle in the NFL. However, I worry about his instincts as he might be best suited to play on the right side.

Here’s the good and bad on Oher from Draft Countdown:

Strengths:

Outstanding athleticism…Has prototypical size with excellent bulk and long arms…Quick and agile with great balance…Nimble and light on his feet…Very strong…Moves well laterally…Mobile and can get out to the second level…Exceptional pass blocker who makes it look easy…Stout at the point of attack…Powerful and gets a great push in the run game…Able to control defenders once he locks on…Plays with a nasty demeanor…Tough and durable…Offers some versatility…A lot of experience against elite competition…Still has considerable upside.

Weaknesses:

Inconsistent and does not always play up to his abilities…Motor runs hot and cold…Lacks great awareness…Needs to improve his technique when it comes to things like footwork and use of hands…Gets high in his stance and he doesn’t always play with proper leverage…Might require extra attention from coaches … Intelligence could be an issue.

Notes:

Last name is pronounced “oar”…Was a four-year starter in the SEC and never missed a game…Played offensive guard as a freshman with the Rebels and some feel that might be his best position in the pros…Named a 1st Team All-American in 2008…A three-time All-SEC selection (2nd Team in 2006 and 1st Team in 2007 and 2008)…One of three finalists for the Outland Trophy as a senior…Didn’t start playing football until late in his high school career yet didn’t allow a sack as a junior or senior…Averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds in basketball and also finished as the state runner-up in discus as a prep…Originally entered the 2008 NFL Draft after his junior season but changed his mind and went back to Oxford…To say he has overcome a lot in life would be an understatement (see video below) and his story was the subject of a best-selling book by Michael Lewis titled The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game…There are some question marks when it comes to intangibles but this guy has the raw physical tools to be a franchise left tackle in the NFL…Boom or Bust type who personifies the term “High Risk / High Reward”…Rare physical specimen with arguably as

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