When the Baltimore Ravens traded up to draft offensive tackle Jah Reid (Central Florida), they did so with the hope that he could compete for the starting right tackle position. If you ask Reid, he not only wants a chance to compete, he plans on starting there in 2011, according to a story by Aaron Wilson in the Carroll County Times. The 6'7" and 325 pound kid with the name that means "God" in Jamaican, has the confidence to go along with the massive size that the Ravens like to have to bulldoze opponents in the run game and stuff the defensive pass rush in the aerial attack.
Reid started 33 games at right tackle at Central Florida, including a solid performance against Georgia's highly rated outside linebacker, Justin Houston, who also went in the third round of last month's NFL Draft. Reid also played briefly against Baltimore's first draft pick in 2010, Sergio Kindle the prior season.
Reid might need to add some muscle weight to his already big frame, but his height can handle the extra weight the team would like to see on him. He's an athletic kid as well, and impressed the team's scouts at both the East-West Shrine Game as well as the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine, where his 9'3" broad jump opened scout's eyes. An All-Conference USA selection, Reid will have to get used to seeing all-star caliber opponents in his face every week in the NFL, but judging by his past efforts and future potential, the Ravens may have the right tackle they need to solidify the line and contribute to opening up this offense.