A year ago, Orlando Brown Jr. was a rookie third-round pick who was thrown into the fire. The Ravens put him with the first-team offense from the jump, and it was either sink or swim.
Brown swam so well that he became a starter in his seventh NFL game and held onto that spot for the rest of the year.
Now, as he enters Year 2, he's an anchor at right tackle, and his goals have adjusted in turn.
"I'm striving for everything I can have," Brown said at the end of minicamp. "My personal goals are being an All-Pro, being a Pro Bowler. No sacks, no pressures, all those different things.
"As a team, I just want to win. I want to retain the AFC North championship, win playoff games and hopefully get to a Super Bowl."
According to Pro Football Focus, Brown didn't give up any sacks during his rookie year. They charged him with allowing just one quarterback hit.
But there's still a lot of room to grow, despite his 6-foot-8 frame. That growth also continues to come in the weight room. Brown, who (in good fortune for the Ravens) fell to the third round after a poor Combine performance, reported to Baltimore needing to lose weight and tone up.
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He now looks like a completely different player when compared to a year ago. That's what a year in the weight room under Head Strength & Conditioning Coach Steve Saunders will do. Players often make a huge jump from Year 1 to Year 2 from a physical standpoint and Brown has done just that. He trained back at Oklahoma before OTAs kicked off, and he will return there once again for the month before training camp begins.
"I feel a lot more defined, a lot stronger in the weight room," Brown said. "I've never been under 325 in my life on bench press. I hit that a few times last week. For me, I had never done anything close to that – maybe 275, 285."
What will also help Brown this season is more familiarity. He transitioned from a college left tackle to an NFL right tackle, which meant his motor skills had to be "re-developed, from the brain down to the feet, hands, and everything else that's involved," Offensive Line Coach Joe D'Alessandris said.
"That's tough. He had never played right tackle before," D'Alessandris added. "It took him a little bit to adjust, but once he developed those motor skills, he's been doing a real nice job."
Brown now has 11 starts under his belt, including one in the playoffs, where he was the Ravens' highest-graded offensive lineman.
"I'm a lot more comfortable just being out here at practice, understanding what we're doing, how we're doing it, what's expected of me, my approach and my role," Brown said. "I think that's the biggest thing for any player coming in here is understanding your role."
Brown's role is very clear now: be a dominant right tackle and pair with left tackle Ronnie Stanley to give the Ravens one of the best young bookends in the league. And maybe eat some more Steeler pancakes too.
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