John Urschel Drafted by the Baltimore Ravens

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Distinguished mathematician and former Penn State offensive lineman John Urschel was drafted in the fifth round (175 overall) by the Baltimore Ravens today. He’ll team up with fellow offensive lineman and Penn Stater AQ Shipley in Baltimore.

 

Urschel has more accolades than almost any other player drafted, as he has received both the William V. Campbell Trophy — college football’s “Academic Heisman” — and the AAU Sullivan Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top amateur athlete. He was also named FOX Sports’ “Best Person in Sports” last season.

On the field, Urschel played in all 37 games over the past three years for Penn State. The pro-style offense that Bill O’Brien ran during Urschel’s final two years should help him adjust to the professional game quickly. If he can gain a bit more strength, he should be a solid player in the League for years to come.

He’ll join a Ravens squad that won the Super Bowl just two years ago, but missed the playoffs last year with an 8-8 record. The Ravens have drafted Alabama linebacker CJ Mosley, Florida State linebacker Timmy Jernigan and safety Terrence Brooks, Colorado State tight end Crockett Gillmore, Virginia defensive tackle Brent Urban, and Coastal Carolina running back Lorenzo Taliaferro. Congrats, John!

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