Ravens Select Brown, Andrews in Third Round

Mike Houck
By Mike Houck
Assistant A.D. / Strategic Communications

NORMAN — One night after Baker Mayfield went No. 1 overall to the Cleveland Browns, two more University of Oklahoma players were selected on the second day of the 2018 NFL Draft on Friday, both by Browns AFC North rival Baltimore. The Ravens selected offensive tackle Orlando Brown with the 19th pick in the third round (83rd overall) and tight end Mark Andrews with the 22nd pick in the third round (86th overall).

Brown and Andrews became the 85th and 86th Sooners to be drafted since 2000. The Browns and Ravens are scheduled to play each other Oct. 7 in Cleveland and Dec. 30 in Baltimore.


Brown Goes 83rd Overall

The 6-8, 345-pound Brown, whose late father Orlando Brown Sr. also played offensive tackle for six years with the Ravens and for five years with the Cleveland Browns, only played three years at OU, but was one of the most effective — and decorated — offensive linemen in school history.

A starter at left tackle in all 40 of the Sooners' games the last three seasons, Brown was the 2016 and 2017 Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year. He was a Sporting News freshman All-American in 2015, an AP and FWAA second-team All-American in 2016, and a unanimous All-American and Outland Trophy finalist in 2017.

"I'm just so blessed," said Brown, who watched the draft in Norman with his mom, brothers and other family and friends, "just to be able to go back to where it all started for me, the same building that I basically grew up in. It's just crazy to think that I've got the opportunity to play with Mark (Andrews) again and be a part of a great franchise. It's hard to put into words. I'm just so incredibly blessed.

"Getting to play for the same franchise that my dad did, it means so much to me. Just to be able to wear the same number he wore — they told me that 78 is open. Just to be playing tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, in the city I grew up in — I was born at Johns Hopkins — it's crazy. Playing for the Ravens is something my dad predicted from when I was young, and now it's here. He always compared me and my game to (former Ravens tackle) Jonathan Ogden, who grew up in Maryland and had the opportunity to come back home. So I look at my opportunity like that."

OU head coach Lincoln Riley talked about the type of player the Ravens are getting in Brown.

"He's an absolute competitor; one of the most competitive football players I've ever been around."
— Lincoln Riley

"In the passing game, Orlando has the power to win and to shut down bull-rushes. And in the run game, he's just a mauler. He's incredibly physical there; just creates a ton of movement at the line of scrimmage. I have no question marks about his strength, and that's after seeing him play against the Ohio States, Georgias, Clemsons and Auburns of the world, teams with great defensive linemen."

Added Riley, "He's an absolute competitor; one of the most competitive football players I've ever been around. He is a physical, nasty, tough player who is going to show up every day to work, he loves football and is a student of the game. He started every game here the last three years and was as steady as could be at left tackle against some pretty darn good players."

Brown is OU's fifth offensive tackle to be selected in the last seven drafts.


Andrews Taken with 86th Pick

Oklahoma has produced a slew of stellar tight ends in its history, and Andrews ranks near the top despite playing just three seasons. OU's all-time leader in receiving yards among tight ends (1,765), Andrews also ranks sixth among all Sooners in touchdown catches (22). One-fifth of his career receptions (22 of 112) resulted in TDs.

The three-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree significantly improved his production each of his three seasons, catching 19 passes for 318 yards as a redshirt freshman in 2015, 31 passes for 489 yards as a sophomore and 62 passes for 958 yards as a junior. He started all 14 games last season, grabbed a team-high eight TDs and averaged 15.5 yards per catch to capture unanimous All-America honors and OU's first Mackey Award, which is issued to the nation's top tight end.

"The thing that stood out to me the most with him, at that position, is that he's really, really good after the catch."
— Lincoln Riley

Said Riley, "Mark was a really versatile player for us. At 6-5 and 250 or 255 pounds, he can really run. He's got a traditional tight end body, but his skill set and his strengths are really as a receiver, and we used him flexed out in the receiving game. He catches the ball very well, he's a good route runner with good athleticism, and the thing that stood out to me the most with him, at that position, is that he's really, really good after the catch. He's a guy who can make people miss and can run through tackles, and he had a lot of big plays in his three years with us."

The NFL Draft will resume Saturday at 11 a.m. CT with rounds four through seven.

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