The Baltimore Ravens added depth to their offensive line for 2014 with the selection of Penn State center John Urschel with the 175th overall pick.
Urschel, the 6-3, 313 pound former Nittany Lion, brings both brains and brawl to Baltimore.
A four-time Academic All-Big Ten Conference honoree graduated with a 4.0 GPA in mathematics in May of 2012. As if that wasn’t impressive enough he immediately began working on his master’s degree and has completed that process.
“There was definitely a balance there, but honestly, I really enjoyed doing both. Believe me, that’s just what I loved to do, from when I woke up to when I went to sleep,” Urschel stated about dividing his time between football and education at Penn State.
“I’m really excited to be able to focus on football now all day, every day.”
With academics behind him, Urschel is ready to focus on football and being the best Raven he can be and one the team can count on.
“It feels fantastic. Believe me, I’m honored and I’m humbled.” Urschel stated about being a member of the Ravens organization.
While it is unknown at this time what exact position Urschel will play he is versatile so it isn’t out of the question to see him challenge for a starting a spot on the offensive line.
“I’m going to play all three interior positions- both guards and center.” responded Urschel when asked what position best suits him in the NFL.
One thing Ravens fans can count on is Urschel bringing a positive attitude to the field and putting in hardwork on every snap.
“My intelligence certainly helps, but I feel like I really bring a toughness, a real get-after-it attitude and that’s something I really take pride in.”
While this may not have been the selection fans were counting on along the offensive line, Urschel appears ready to be a Raven and ready to compete.
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