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Thursday, July 26, 2007
Ravens, No. 1 pick Grubbs agree to five-year, $11 million deal

By Len Pasquarelli

The Baltimore Ravens on Thursday evening agreed to terms with first-round pick Ben Grubbs, the standout Auburn guard who was rated as the draft's top player at his position, has learned.

As the 29th player selected overall, Grubbs will sign a five-year contract worth $11 million. The deal includes $5.22 million in guarantees.

Grubbs, 23, is expected to challenge for the starting job at right guard on a Baltimore line that appears to be in flux, particularly at the three interior positions.

A strong in-line player, Grubbs was regarded by many NFL scouts as the second-best lineman in the draft at any position, behind only Wisconsin tackle Joe Thomas, the third pick overall, who was chosen by Cleveland. Grubbs was viewed as a prototype guard prospect, a guy who blends a mauler-type mentality with surprisingly good techniques.

Although he has a typical guard physique (6-feet-2 , 311 pounds), Grubbs moves well, and was timed at 5.18 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the combine. He also did 29 repetitions on the standard, 225-pound bench press.

In 32 college games, he recorded 185 "knockdown" blocks according to Auburn coaches, with 48 blocks resulting in touchdowns. Grubbs surrendered only 2 sacks in his career.