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Ravens 2023 draft: Ravens trade up, select OL Andrew Vorhees

Following the Ravens’ post-draft presser, the Ravens went back and traded into the seventh round to select OL Andrew Vorhees

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The Baltimore Ravens have traded back into the 2023 NFL draft, and with the No. 229 pick have selected USC offensive lineman Andrew Vorhees.

Vorhees, a five-year starter, was expected to go much higher in the draft but suffered a torn ACL at the NFL Scouting Combine. That didn’t stop Vorhees from putting a brace on his leg and getting underneath the bench press to rip 38 reps of 225-pounds on the bench press later on in the combine.

The Ravens sent the Cleveland Browns their 2024 sixth-round pick as compensation.

Ravens General Manager Eric DeCosta released a statement on the selection of Vorhees.

“Andrew is a player who we’ve admired, and the opportunity to trade back in to get him was too appealing,” DeCosta stated. “We are getting a tough and physical competitor who is polished and experienced. We have every expectation that he will be playing winning football for us in 2024, and this is a move that really solidified our line for the coming years.”

Andrew Vorhees Draft Profile

“Guard prospect with five years of starting experience that shows itself with consistency and football IQ. Vorhees is a technically sound run blocker with a repeatable process. His range laterally and to the second level will be a little limited, but he’s an even-paced drive blocker, using excellent positioning, leveraged hands and churning legs. He needs to get quicker with inside hands in pass protection and guard against trying to protect his edges with his hands rather than a foot slide. The injury he suffered during his NFL Scouting Combine workout could cause him to fall in the draft, but he has the potential to become a starter when he’s fully healthy.” — Lance Zierlein