Baltimore Ravens fourth-round draft pick and former Oklahoma left guard Ben Powers will see a lot of familiar faces as he transitions from college to the pros.
Powers, a three-year starter and consensus first-team All-American for the Sooners in 2018, is one of four Oklahoma players the Ravens have taken in the past two drafts. Baltimore picked offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. and tight end Mark Andrews in 2018 and then receiver Marquise Brown and Powers in 2019.
“There’s so many Oklahoma guys up there. That’s great for all of us. It’s gonna do wonders for that offense,” Powers said on Glenn Clark Radio May 1. “… When you go into a new locker room, you’ve gotta know how to act and be able to know the dos and don’ts. I’ll be able to go in there, see Orlando, see Mark, go through it with Marquise. It’s very beneficial.”
Powers’ friendships with Andrews and Marquise Brown will be important in allowing him to quickly become comfortable in the locker room, but his friendship with Orlando Brown Jr., a fellow offensive lineman, is the one that has already and will continue to have the biggest impact on him.
“We’re very close. I’m so happy to be back and to be able to call ourselves teammates again. We played next to each other for two years at Oklahoma and that kind of started our relationship and it’s just grown since,” Powers said. “He chose to fly in for the draft weekend, so that just kind of shows how close we are.”
Powers said he had to keep his composure when he got the momentous phone call from the Ravens April 27 because he was talking to general manager Eric DeCosta, head coach John Harbaugh and the rest of the Ravens’ staff. But Brown was the exact opposite; he was screaming and showing a lot of emotion, which was very cool for Powers to see out of his best friend.
Brown was not only with Powers on draft day, though. Brown helped him throughout the entire process.
“I asked him so many questions,” Powers said. “It’s so beneficial to have one of your best friends go through it just a year before you, so I was asking questions like, ‘How’s the combine? Tell me everything that happened getting ready for it.’ Pro day [and] these interviews, private workouts. It’s so beneficial to have him, to be able to rely on him and ask him questions.”
Powers and Brown took very different routes to get to Oklahoma; Brown was a highly-touted recruit coming out of high school while Powers was not.
Brown received offers from major colleges like Alabama, Ohio State and Notre Dame, among many other prominent programs. He is also the son of Orlando Brown, the late offensive tackle who played for the Ravens from 1996-1998 and 2003-2005.
Powers, on the other hand, did not receive one Division I offer coming out of high school and had to go the junior college route. He played for Butler Community College in Kansas for one year.