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RAVENS' FIRST-ROUND PICK: BEN GRUBBS

The Baltimore Sun

Position: Guard Size: 6 feet 3, 314 pounds School: Auburn Hometown: Eclectic, Ala.

Statistics

Grubbs started the last 38 games of his career at Auburn. He had 248 key blocks, including 54 that led to TDs. He was penalized only four times in 2,331 plays and allowed just three sacks and seven pressures over that span.

Quotable

"Grubbs was clearly the highest-rated player. The phone started to ring, but I immediately told everybody we were picking." - Ozzie Newsome, Ravens general manager.

Strengths

Grubbs plays with the kind of toughness and tenacity one would expect from an offensive lineman. He also was athletic enough to play tight end in college and linebacker and fullback in high school.

Weaknesses

Grubbs had a habit at times of having his feet too close together or standing too tall. He showed some inconsistency finishing his blocks.

Projected role

Grubbs likely will compete with incumbent Keydrick Vincent for the starting right guard job.

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