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Saturday, April 25, 2009
Ravens grab OT Oher

Posted by's James Walker

The Baltimore Ravens continued the AFC North trend of trades Saturday by moving up to take Mississippi offensive tackle Michael Oher with the No. 23 overall pick (from the Patriots). With the selection, the Ravens added protection for second-year quarterback Joe Flacco.

Jared Gaither was solid in 2008 and appears firmly entrenched in his spot at left tackle, so expect Oher to compete with veteran Willie Anderson on the right side. With Maryland receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and Oklahoma State tight end Brandon Pettigrew both off the board, Oher provided good value since the Ravens still wanted to help Flacco and the offense.

Defensively, USC linebacker Rey Maualuga would have been a good fit at No. 23. But it appears the Ravens like their in-house candidates to replace former starting linebacker Bart Scott.