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Orlando Brown Jr. Gives Ravens a 13th Pro Bowler


The Ravens now have a 13th Pro Bowler, as right tackle Orlando Brown Jr. will replace Oakland Raiders tackle Trent Brown, who is dealing with a chest injury.

Baltimore's 13 Pro Bowlers ties the NFL record set by the 2007 Dallas Cowboys. It gives Baltimore three Pro Bowl offensive linemen with Brown, who was a first alternate, joining veteran guard Marshal Yanda and left tackle Ronnie Stanley.

The only other offensive tackle on the squad is Houston's Laremy Tunsil. It speaks to how strong Baltimore's bookend tackles were this season and moving forward. Stanley just finished his fourth season and it was Brown's second year.

"Obviously it's special individually, but it's more of a team thing," Brown said. "With what Lamar [Jackson] was able to do and what our offense was able to accomplish this year, it's more team than anything.

"Although I did make the Pro Bowl this year, I didn't play my best football. It's a good accolade, but at the end of the day, I want to continue to get better and continue to make the Pro Bowl for however long I'm playing."

Brown was the ninth-highest-graded offensive tackle this season, and gave up just three sacks all season, per Pro Football Focus. The 6-foot-8 monster was also a force in the run game, helping to pave the way for Baltimore's record-setting rushing attack.

Brown was a left tackle in college at Oklahoma, so it has been an adjustment to move to the other side of the line. He continued to hone his technique in his sophomore season. That, combined with his sheer size and tenacity, has made him a special player already at just 23 years old.

"He's a hardworking kid, a great kid," Yanda said late this season. "He loves football, he loves being a part of it, loves the camaraderie of the guys. I'm happy to play next to him. He's really improved in his second year and just taken that next step for sure. … He's coming into his own."

Brown has also made his impact felt in the Baltimore community, and was voted as the Ravens' "Media Good Guy" this season.

His late father, Orlando "Zeus" Brown, was regarded as a mauling offensive lineman over his 11-year NFL career, but he never went to a Pro Bowl. Now his son has accomplished the feat in his second season.

Brown said he remembers having a conversation with his father about becoming a Pro Bowler one day. It was something his father always wanted to accomplish, and after his playing days were over, he dreamed about his son making it happen.

"I remember him talking about how if I made the Pro Bowl and he was still living, he would be down there acting a [fool]," Brown said with a laugh. "I know he would be really happy."

Brown was a third-round pick out of Oklahoma in 2018, giving the Ravens three Pro Bowlers from Executive Vice President Ozzie Newsome's last draft class. Brown joins quarterback Lamar Jackson and tight end Mark Andrews.

The Ravens' 12 original Pro Bowlers tied the 1973 Miami Dolphins for the most Pro Bowlers in history from one team, prior to any additions made due to injuries. But it remains to be seen how many of Baltimore's Pro Bowlers actually go to Orlando. It was also announced Wednesday that Steelers cornerback Joe Haden will replace Marcus Peters.

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