The Ravens traded a sixth-round pick to move up in the third round for a reason.
Jah Reid, the 85th overall pick in the draft, will have an opportunity to make an immediate impact because offensive tackles Marshal Yanda and Jared Gaither both could become free agents when a new collective bargaining agreement is reached.
"He'll be competing for the right tackle spot right out of the gate and we'll see where it goes," coach John Harbaugh said. "He's young, he's a little bit developmental, but I think he's going to develop fast."Reid, who is 6 feet 7m 330 pounds, was a three-year starter at Central Florida. He was the 16th offensive lineman drafted in 2011.
The Ravens did a thorough evaluation on Reid, conducting a private workout with him and bringing him in for a pre-draft visit.
"[We] went down to the East-West game and he stands out just standing there," director of college scouting Joe Hortiz said. "He's a huge man, and you just watch him and get to know him and he's got a great work ethic. He's big, he's tough and he's smart. Those are three good qualities for an offensive lineman."
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