Overall, a Successful Day One for Oz and the Baltimore Ravens

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Published: April 25, 2009


... exciting draft, to say the least. Darrius Heyward-Bey was, shockingly enough, taken seventh overall, quite a reach for him. Rey Maualuga, a dominating USC linebacker and considered the best ILB in the draft, was taken in the second round, after Brian Cushing, Clay Matthews, James Laurinaitis and others. Many teams had very intriguing drafts, such as the Baltimore Ravens.

The Ravens had the 26th overall pick in the first round going into draft day. However, knowing that day is a day of twists and turns, the Ravens traded the pick to the New England Patriots and the Ravens fielded the 23rd selection. Immediately, Baltimore selected Michael Oher, the Mississippi offensive tackle. *Pumps fist*. Oher, 6'5", 309, projected as a Top 15 pick. The most likely destination for the Ole Miss alum was the Washington Redskins, who were in need of youth on the offensive line. However, the Skins elected to draft Brian Orakpo, the Texas defensive end. Oher is the third rated offensive lineman ...

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