What is it about Oklahoma Sooners? The Baltimore Ravens seem to be adding a lot recently. So far, it has worked out well. Last year’s Oklahoma selections in offensive tackle, Orlando Brown Jr. and tight end, Mark Andrews became key starters on offense. This year’s Oklahoma selections, wide receiver, Marquise Brown and offensive guard, Ben Powers hope to do the same. The Baltimore Ravens selected Ben Powers with the 123rd pick of the draft, announced by Baltimore Ravens super-fan, Mo Gaba.
Powers was a three-year starter at Oklahoma, and with that experience came great success. Oklahoma saw two quarterbacks in two consecutive years win the Heisman Trophy. Neither could have done it without a good offensive line. Oklahoma also played in the college football playoffs in back to back years.
Powers started his collegiate career in junior college, as he lacked scholarship options after graduating high school. That snub has built a chip on his shoulder and an attitude that fuels his gritty playstyle.
Powers will come into Baltimore and immediately compete for a starting position. The left guard slot on the offensive line is up for grabs, and there are three players that can take it. Powers, Alex Lewis, and James Hurst will battle out for the position. But if Powers loses the battle, he still could have a future as a starter. The Baltimore Ravens will need to find a replacement for longtime Raven, right guard, Marshal Yanda. Yanda signed an extension with Baltimore this offseason, but will likely not play past 2020. Powers could prove to be the heir apparent to Yanda.
The Ravens have one pick remaining in the fourth round. After that, Baltimore will make one selection in the fifth round, and another in the sixth round. So far, the Ravens have drafted four offensive players and one defensive.