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As the defensive MVP of the BCS National Championship game, Courtney Upshaw should've been a first-round draft pick.
Instead, he saw four of his former Crimson Tide teammates leave the Radio City Music Hall green room before he did.
The Ravens traded back from No. 29 to No. 35 and took the outside linebacker/defensive end from Alabama with their first pick this year.
Baltimore lost Jarret Johnson to San Diego via free agency. Johnson's void could be filled by Upshaw as soon as Week 1.
Head coach John Harbaugh said Paul Kruger is the starter right now, but Upshaw is very talented and was coached well, which will help him challenge Kruger for that starting role.
Upshaw is a really good choice for the Ravens because he fits a need and plays smart, physical football. He's a very strong player that can 'set the edge' on run plays, forcing the flow of the play back inside, where Haloti Ngata, Terrence Cody and Ray Lewis will be waiting.
This pick was worth the wait...for both Upshaw and the Ravens.