A few of the Ravens rookies met with the media last weekend during Rookie Mini-Camp. Here are a few of the more interesting quotes from Messrs. Hurst, Brown and Andrews.
On working with assistant head coach/tight ends coach Greg Roman: “‘G-Ro’ [Roman] – he focuses a lot on details. We’re far from perfect, we go out there every day and you try to execute things, but there’s always stuff that we can be working on. I think we’re going to get a lot better as a unit. Again, I’m excited to get out there and play.”
On if he will make a big purchase after signing his contract: “Well, since this is my second [professional] go-around [after baseball], there’s really not much that I need. I knocked that out the first time. I got a car. So, nothing really comes to mind – probably just put it all away.”
NOTE: According to Wikipedia: Hurst was chosen by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 17th round of the 2012 MLB Draft and signed with the Pirates for a $400,000 signing bonus, turning down a baseball scholarship from Florida State. Hurst played two seasons in the Pirates organization before walking on to South Carolina’s football team.
Orlando Brown, Jr.
On if he compares himself to his father: “Yes. Honestly, I think my game is a little bit different than his, just because of the time period. He was someone that didn’t start playing offensive tackle until late in college – his last year. So he had a lot of things to learn, I think, fundamentally. He wasn’t the most [technically] sound player; he was very physical. He eventually learned to use his hands very well, but didn’t have tremendous length like me. Growing up, he preached to me to be more like Jonathan Ogden – as far as the game.”
On what contributed to his collegiate success: “My football I.Q. Everybody knows I’m slow. I’m not the fastest guy – half of you could probably beat me running, honestly. (laughter) That’s something that I continue to work on and I’m going to have to continue to work on during my career. My weight room numbers aren’t the best, but [my] football I.Q. … I’ve been around the game. My dad forced me to learn it, like I said more so from a Jonathan Ogden standpoint than [from] him. Mentally, I don’t think there’s anyone out there that understands the game or is more instinctual than me. That was my credit to being able to play at such a high level in college, and I look forward to transitioning out to this [level].”
NOTE: University of Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley had this to say about Orlando Brown, Jr.: “I think he’s going to be tremendous… I don’t remember ever going into a game – no matter who we were playing… worried about his match up.” With that kind of endorsement, and that of his Sooner teammate Mark Andrews (below), it’s a shame that sports betting sites don’t post odds on the career longevity for Little Zeus. I’d pony up a Benjamin!
On if former teammate QB Baker Mayfield has what it takes to succeed as a No. 1 pick: “He’s one of my best friends. I’ve seen him work incredibly hard from scout team – we were on it my 2014 year – to where he’s at now. He deserves it all. He is the best player in the country, by far. There is no one else that can turn around a program or an organization like he can. He’s everything and more. I’m excited to see how he comes out, besides two games a year. I know we’re going to beat him twice (laughter), but other than that, I’m sure he will do really well.”
On what critics were overlooking with T Orlando Brown Jr. as they focused on his Combine: “It’s tough. He has one bad day. Obviously, you see his pro day was a lot better, but the guy’s a dog; he’s a beast. [He] should’ve been a first-round pick, no doubt. But he is where he is. Now he has to make the best of what he’s got, and he’s going to thrive. I’m excited and I’m excited for the Ravens Flock to see what he’s all about, because he’s a tenacious player. He’s going to get after it.”
NOTE: I’ve suddenly grown a bit more concerned about Baker Mayfield. Oh but wait, he is now a Brown. So there’s that, right?