OWINGS MILLS, Md.- It took until the fifth round and the 175th overall pick for the Baltimore Ravens to address their offensive line in the NFL Draft, with the selection of Penn State guard John Urschel. Many expected the organization to address the need as early as the 17th selection, but missed out on their initial target Notre Dame’s Zack Martin. But Urschel did play in a pro style offense for his entire college career, especially under now Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien.
The one thing that drastically stands out about Urschel is his intelligence, being a two time Academic All-American and winner of William V. Campbell Trophy as the nations premier college football Scholar-Athlete. He also obtained his Masters degree in Mathematics, while enrolled in Penn State. He displayed that on the field with good instincts and understanding of assignments.
On the field, he was elected as a Co-Captian for the Nittany Lions in 2013. Though there are not many statistics to quantify an offensive lineman’s performance, he has recorded 21 “touchdown-resulting” blocks in his career. He is a two year starter (24 games), while playing all three interior line positions in his career.