Orlando Brown is one of the six best players in the 2018 NFL Draft, according to Sporting News’ Eric Galko.
The Oklahoma left tackle is the No. 6 overall prospect on Galko’s big board, which excludes quarterbacks, He’s the third-ranked offensive lineman and the highest ranked tackle in the draft class. He’s also the highest ranked prospect from the Big 12.
Listed at 6-foot-8 and 345 pounds, Brown has the prototypical size teams look for in a starting left tackle. He’s also an NFL legacy. His father, Orlando Brown Sr., played in the NFL from 1993-2005 for the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens.
Brown elected to skip his senior year and declare for the draft. He is commonly projected as a likely top-10 pick. Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley actually said he wouldn’t have allowed Brown to come back for another season, because he thinks the All-American lineman is ready for the NFL.
“You know, in Orlando’s case, I told him, ‘Hey, if you try to stay, then I’m going to kick you out of here,’” Riley said on NFL Network during Senior Bowl week. “I did. Because he’s ready. I’ve watched him do it for three years. He’s been one of the best left tackles in the game. He’s brought a ton to our program. Been a great player, great leader. He’s going to make an NFL team very, very happy. So there’s no question he’s ready to do it.”
Brown was one of three Sooners to declare early for the draft, along with tight end Mark Andrews and defensive tackle Du’Vonta Lampkin.
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