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Sticking with the Run? Why Oher Was a Good Choice for the Baltimore Ravens

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 21:  Offensive lineman Michael Oher of Mississippi runs in practice drills during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 21, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
Sam SnyderCorrespondent IApril 26, 2009

I for one, thought for sure the Baltimore Ravens were going to choose a wide receiver for the first or second round pick. but it seems the Ravens are going to bolster the offensive line with the addition of of big boy Michael Oher.

Not only will Michael Oher protect Joe Flacco, but provide a boost to the rock of the Baltimore Ravens offense for the last 13 years, the rushing game.

With Le'ron McClain, Ray Rice and Willis McGahee, the Ravens running attack has been the best facet of their offense, and this will only improve. McClain will most definitely benefit from this. He enjoys charging straight through the middle in short yardage situations.

Willis McGahee is another short yardage runner, preferably near the goal line. He will also benefit from this because the 6'4" 309 lb lineman can make some space for him, and can also do that off of screen passes from Joe Flacco.

However, if you watch film of Michael Oher, you will notice he tends to push the defender he his sticking towards the outside. This could be a problem for Ray Rice. Ray Rice is too small to charge through the D-line full of 280 lb linebackers.

Rice goes to the outside, where he has running space where he can juke and spin out of any situation when the defensive backs close in on him. With Michael Oher pushing the defender to the outside, he might push the lineman straight into Ray Rice.

However, that situation is a rarity, and Michael Oher will be an extreme benefit to all three of the Ravens' running backs.

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