UPDATED 5:17 PM
Check out these two really cool videos of Michael Oher courtesy of ESPN.com.
Nice feature on Oher's life, upbringing and adopted family:
Oher's Draft selection and reaction at Radio City Music Hall in New York:
UPDATED 4:47 PM
Here's an updated list of new jersey numbers for the Ravens draft picks:
OT Michael Oher - #74
DE Paul Kruger – #57
CB Lardarius Webb - #37
LB Jason Phillips - #58
TE Davon Drew - #83
RB Cedric Peerman - #38
Also, offensive tackle Joe Reitz, who spent 2008 on the practice squad, is switching from 77 to 76. I don't know why.
UPDATED 4:36 PM
Just had a chance to chat with Michael Oher's family after his introductory press conference, and let me tell you, they are some proud folks. But not in a bad way. Like in the way where they're just so genuinely happy that Oher actually made it, and made it to Baltimore.
Oher's background is well-documented. He was homeless and in and out of foster homes because his mother was addicted to drugs and father was not in his life, so the Tuohy family took him in as a teenager.
Now, he's a first-round draft pick and immediate millionaire.
The Tuohys are certainly not hanging on for a piece of the pie, however. Sean Tuohy, a former collegiate basketball player at Ole Miss, is a radio analyst for the Memphis Grizzlies and owns several Taco Bell franchises.
One thing that was evident, however, was how the family seemed surprised that Oher fell as No. 23. He was rated as the fourth-best offensive tackle in the draft, according to most analysts.
"We really believe this is where God wanted him, and that's not a guy I want to mess with," said Sean Tuohy today. "Him being here doesn't make a lot of sense, but his whole life doesn't make a lot of sense."
UPDATED 4:28 PM
With the 185th pick in the 6th round, the Ravens select RB Cedric Peerman out of Virginia.
Chances for a Cavalier running back being noticed by NFL teams when your team finishes 100th in the nation in rushing in 2006, 79th in 2007 and 108th in 2009, are understandably slim, at best. Peerman might have only started eighteen games at Virginia during his career, but many opposing defensive coordinators agree he ranks with the elite runners in the leàgue.
Peerman had to patiently wait his turn behind Jason Snelling, now a fullback for the Atlanta Falcons, before being given an opportunity to start in 2007. He piled up 585 yards by the midseason point. .
In 2008 he would go on to lead the team in rushing, receiving an invitation to compete with the rest of the country's elite prospects at the 2009 Senior Bowl
Peerman started 18-of-41 games at Virginia, gaining 3,349 all-purpose yards on 382 carries for 1,749 yards (4.58 avg) and fifteen touchdowns, adding 344 yards with a score on 67 receptions (5.13 avg) and 1,256 yards on 50 kickoff returns (25.12 avg)
4.39 in the 40-yard dash... 1.47 10-yard dash...2.54 20-yard dash...4.29 20-yard shuttle...6.99 three-cone drill...40-inch vertical jump... 9'9" broad jump... Bench pressed 225 pounds 27 times... 30 Yi-inch arm length... 7 7/8-inch hands.
UPDATED 4:19 PM
A few points came out of the press conference with Michael Oher that wrapped up minutes ago.
First, Harbaugh was asked about Michael Oher starting at RT this year. It was clear the Ravens have plans for the 309-pounder to contribute immediately in Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron's – or the "mad scientist's" – offense. Harbaugh said that Oher adds an "unusual flexibility" to both sides of the line, but for now, Oher will compete with Willie Anderson for the starting nod.
Later, Decosta said he thought Michael Oher would be picked in the top 10 or in the top 15 of the Draft. The Director of College Personnel felt very fortunate picking him up at No. 23.
One of the media members asked Ozzie about not drafting a WR up to this point (through the 5th round) of the Draft. The General Manager mentioned that there are still some WRs on the board that the Ravens could potentially pick. At the same time, he also seemed very confident that the current receiving corp could take the team deep into December and January.
UPDATED 2:42 PM
With the 149th pick in the 5th round, the Ravens select TE Davon Drew out of ECU.
UPDATED 2:26 PM
The Ravens traded their 141st pick to the Broncos for the 149th pick in the 5th and the 185th in the 6th round.
The Ravens have already assigned jersey numbers to the newest members of the team.
Michael Oher will be #74 (moving Joe Rietz to #76).
Paul Krugar will be #57 (Bart Scott's former number).
Lardarius Webb will be #37.
Jason Phillips will be #58.
UPDATE 2:03 PM
With the 137th pick in the 5th round, the Ravens select LB Jason Phillips from TCU.
Phillips has been the anchor of one of college football's premier defenses. He is the only player in league history to earn All-Mountain West Conference honors in four consecutive seasons, a testament to the consistency he brings in his game. In three of those seasons, he led the team in tackles and, in the year that he didn't, the middle linebacker placed second.
Phillips started all 50 games he played in and recorded 315 tackles. His 194 solo hits tied Kent Tramel (1983-87) for seventh on the school career-record list.
CAMPUS AGILITY TESTS
4.60 in the 40-yard dash... 1.53 10-yard dash...2.69 20-yard dash...4.32 20-yard shutte... 34-inch vertical jump... 10'0" broad jump... Bench pressed 225 pounds 20 times... 30 Xi-inch arm length... 9-inch hands.
UPDATED 1:57 PM
It's always a cool moment to see the first-round draft pick sitting in the cafeteria at Ravens headquarters right when he first arrives.
Michael Oher held court at a table with team owner Steve Bisciotti, president Dick Cass, head coach John Harbaugh and offensive line coaches John Matsko and Andy Moeller, yucking it up as the Ravens' officials welcomed him to Baltimore (or Owings Mills, for that matter).
Today's lunch consisted of pit beef, incredible onion rings, steamed broccoli and potato salad. Yums.
Oher, looking every bit his 6-foot-4, 309 pounds, filled up on the grub.
Looks like the 2:00pm Oher introductory press conference is going to get pushed back a bit now that the Ravens will be selecting twice within the next half hour. Stay tuned!
UPDATED 1:39 PM
It's looking like we were a part of a four-team deal. We traded away our 4th round pick (123rd overall) and 6th round pick (198th) to the Patriots. In return, we received two early fifth round picks (137th and 141st) that originally belonged to Detroit and Seattle. Looks like there's a chance that the Ravens' draft might end early this afternoon.
UPDATED 1:30 PM
Just got word that we traded our 4th round (123rd overall) pick to the Patriots. Still waiting to hear from the guys upstairs what we're getting in return. I'll keep you posted as soon as I find out.
UPDATED 12:37 PM
Just talked to Ravens special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg about the selection of cornerback Lardarius Webb from Nicholls State. Rosburg is fired up about getting this special teams standout. In fact, this is the time of the draft when Rosburg really gets his chuckles, because it's less about drafting an impact player at one position and more about nabbing players that can contribute on special teams and build their way up to the defense (or offense, whatever the case may be).
UPDATED 12:27 PM
Michael Oher just arrived at Ravens headquarters in Owings Mills, Md., looking very dapper in a light blue plaid jacket. His press conference is at 2 p.m., so stay tuned for that, but we'll have an exclusive interview with Baltimore's first-round draft pick in a little bit.
He arrived with his adopted family and met with Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, GM Ozzie Newsome, president Dick Cass, director of player personnel Eric DeCosta and everyone else involved with the pick. Oh, and head coach John Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron were especially excited.
As I left, Bisciotti took Oher into his office for a brief chat and Cass led the fam for a tour around the building. Bisciotti did the same thing with Joe Flacco last year, I think in a move to let him know what playing like a Ravens means. Oher's toughness in college offers signs that he knows a little bit about what playing like a Raven means.
POSTED 10:41 AM
Welcome to Day 2 of the NFL Draft!
I know you're as excited as I am.
Anyway, I was surprised at how fast the first day went. It was over three hours, but I really thought I'd be in the office until like 1 A.M. Thank the Lord I wasn't.
Now, we're moving on to the third round and beyond. The Ravens only have three picks today. But that's a current figure. I wouldn't be totally surprised if Baltimore decides to trade for more picks at some point.
And geez-o-man… I can't believe Michael Johnson only finally got drafted by the Bengals.
He was an incredible playmaker at Georgia Tech, and some analysts thought he was a first-round draft pick. Still, he fell to the third.
We'll be updating all day long, so don't forget to keep it locked right here on BaltimoreRavens.com for your exclusive draft coverage. I'm pretty pumped about talking to Michael Oher for a video interview later today. He's supposed to get here at the Facility in less than an hour! Introductory press conference at 2pm.