Ravens' Orlando Brown remakes body composition after poor combine tanked his draft stock
Brown is drawing rave reviews in Baltimore
Offensive tackle Orlando Brown entered the draft season as a potential first-round pick, but he didn't get selected by the Ravens until the third round after a poor showing at the NFL Scouting Combine tanked his draft stock. However, since joining the Ravens, Brown has remade his body composition and as a result, the Ravens might've gotten an absolute steal.
On Saturday, Brown revealed how much weight he's gained and how much body fat he's lost since joining the Ravens.
"When I first got here, I was 23 percent [body fat], 338 [pounds]," Brown said, per ESPN's Jamison Hensley. "Now, I'm at 350 and 19 percent. So, my body fat has changed a bunch."
Brown, who played collegiately at Oklahoma, , which was enough to destroy his first-round projection. Our own draft writer, Chris Trapasso, But Brown wouldn't get picked until the 19th pick of the third round (the 83rd overall pick).
That might end up being a steal for the Ravens. Not only has Brown remade his body composition, but he's also been drawing rave reviews. Joe Flacco is a fan.
And so is Pro Football Focus.
None of this should be considered that surprising. Before the draft, Trapasso wrote that "a year in a professional strength and conditioning program will work wonders for him." It turns out, he only needed a few months to show real signs of progress.
The NFL tends to overreact to combine performances during the never-ending draft season instead of relying on actual game film. At Oklahoma, Brown looked like an NFL-caliber tackle who had the potential to anchor an offensive line. It wasn't until the bench press that the NFL draft community began to doubt his ability to become a shutdown tackle at the next level. Whether or not he develops into a top NFL player remains to be seen -- overreacting to the preseason is just as bad as overreacting to the combine -- but signs of progress are evident already.
The draft process hurt Brown, but it appears to have helped the Ravens land a first-round talent in the third round.
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