The Baltimore Ravens have traditionally done a sound job of hitting on offensive linemen in the draft. From Hall of Famer Jonathan Ogden to Marshall Yanda, and then to Ronnie Stanley, Pro Bowls and All-Pros abound for past offensive lineman the team has selected.
The Ravens think they have their next great lineman in center Tyler Linderbaum.
“He’s probably one of the better centers we’ve seen come out in a long time,” Ravens director of player personnel, Joe Hortiz said.
“So, it filled a huge need for us. He’ll block three guys in one play. He’s a lot of fun to watch. And like [executive vice president and general manager] Eric [DeCosta] mentioned, he’s kind of a consensus guy with all the scouts and coaches. Everyone saw him the same way. You just put the film on and it’s obvious he can play anywhere.”
Baltimore used the No. 25 overall pick to select Linderbaum who they expect to be a starter immediately. Linderbaum is the first offensive lineman the Ravens selected in the first round since 2016 when they took Ronnie Stanley.
His accomplishments at Iowa include being a two-time all-Big Ten first-team selection, a unanimous All-American, Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year, and the Rimington Trophy winner. The Rimington honor is awarded to the nation’s top center.
The transition has been a smooth one so far for Linderbaum.
“At the end of the day, football is football,” he said. “You’re running similar stuff, but it’s just a lot different verbiage. I think that’s something that I’m trying to get down right now, just understanding the verbiage and communication. I’ve thought it’s been good. We’re only running 10% of the plays that we run during the season. So, there’s still a lot more I need to learn, but I think it’s a good start so far.”
Lidnerbaum was praised by draft analysts for his competitive approach to the game. They also praised him for his quickness. Both traits were on full display during minicamp. Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson took notice.
“I threw an interception,” Jackson said during mandatory minicamp. “Daelin [Hayes] was taking it back to the house, to the other way. I was kind of paused, talking to ‘[Devin Duvernay] during the play. And my center, Tyler, was getting after it. He was running him down. I just saw he’s fast. He’s fast as heck for a center. I have never seen a center run like that. He’s a football player.”