In scouting circles, Central Florida offensive tackle Jah Reid is viewed as a fast riser, a guy who has moved up draft boards quickly over the last couple months.
Now, he has a chance to move into the Ravens’ starting lineup.
Those in the Ravens front office consider Reid, who they acquired with the 85th overall pick after making a trade with the Eagles, somewhat of a developmental pick.
Still, they say he has size (6-foot-7, 330 lbs.), a mean streak, good bend for a big guy, and the physical abilities necessary to come in and compete for the starting right tackle job right away.
“I think he’s going to develop fast,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “This is a guy we all like. He’s on the upswing. He’ll be competing for the right tackle spot right away, so we’ll see where it goes.”
The Ravens got their first look at Reid at the East-West Shrine Game. They brought him in for a private workout prior to the draft, and were enamored with his athleticism.
“Sometimes, these other schools in Florida, these kids are late bloomers, and I think Jah is a late bloomer,” director of player personnel Eric DeCosta said. “He’s 6-7, about 325 pounds, and honestly, he could probably be about 340, 345. Really long arms, which is good. We think he has a lot of potential to be a really good player.
“He played really well at the East-West game, had a great bowl game against Georgia, playing against Justin Houston, a really good player. He’s a tough kid. He can bend for a guy his size. He’s got natural right tackle size and strength. We’re excited about him.”
The Ravens were worried that other teams were excited about Reid, as well, so they pulled the trigger on a trade to move up five spots and make sure they got their guy.
To acquire the 85th pick, Baltimore gave up their 90th overall selection and the second of their two sixth-round picks, 191 overall.
“We could’ve probably stayed at 90, and he probably could’ve got picked,” Newsome said. “We would’ve got a good football player (at 90), but I don’t know if we would’ve been as excited about getting that player as we were getting Jah Reid.”
There are, of course, some negatives on Reid. He’s viewed as a guy who has marginal foot quickness, average lateral mobility, and is a bit top-heavy. He also did weigh as much as 375 lbs. at one point.
Still, the Ravens feel confident they got a guy who can help them for years to come.
“He’s a huge man,” director of college scouting Joe Hortiz said. “Then you you watch him and get to know him. He’s got great work ethic. He’s big, tough and smart, so those are three good qualities for an offensive lineman.”