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Ravens Gab 2009 Awards: Rookie of the Year


There were several candidates that were up for consideration for this award. Free agent signee Dannell Ellerbee out of Georgia who locked up the linebacker position vacated by Bart Scott towards the end of the season and Lardarius Webb who also earned more playing time due to his high energy style. But after the votes were tallied it was unanimous that the Ravens 2009 first round pick, Michael Oher took the honor.

Oher put in a pretty solid campaign in his first season. He started almost immediately at Right Tackle from his first day in camp. At 6 foot 6, 320 pounds he showed off size and athleticism as well as versatility when he was moved to Left Tackle due to Jared Gaither’s injury. His power and aggressiveness, you might even say mean streak, are hard not to notice.

Oher played well but also had his struggles as most rookies do. He led the offensive line in penalties and sometimes struggled when pass rushers alternated their approach between speed and power.

But those issues seem fixable for a young player who seems to have a very professional attitude and a willingness to improve and correct mistakes. He could be Pro Bowl material in a few seasons. It looks like another First round success story for the Ravens front office.

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