One of the more pronounced needs for the Ravens in the 2020 NFL Draft was interior offensive lineman.
They are set at tackle, with Pro Bowlers Ronnie Stanley and Orlando Brown Jr. bookending the line. But Marshal Yanda's retirement and James Hurst's release left a hole at guard, and the team needed to add depth to a position that often sees attrition during the season.
They took their first steps toward addressing that need Friday night with the selection of Tyre Phillips with the final pick of the third round.
Phillips was a tackle in college, but was announced as a guard when the pick was made. He is huge - listed at 345 pounds - and could pair with Brown to form a mammoth right side of the line.
Here are five things to know about Tyre Phillips.
1. He is very versatile
As mentioned, Phillips' experience so far has been at guard, but the Ravens clearly view him as a tackle. They have a long history of moving college tackles to professional guards, and Phillips seems to have the body type for it.
They have few proven options in the interior of the offensive line, and also lack depth behind their starters at tackle. A behemoth like Phillips who can play all over is a nice chess piece to add to the mix up front.
2. He played at Last Chance U
Phillips transferred into Mississippi State for his final two seasons. Before then, he played at East Mississippi Community College, better known as "Last Chance U" from the popular Netflix documentary series of the same name.
3. He is a high upside pick
Phillips started just one season for Mississippi State, and he only played high school football for one year. This is another player in the Ravens' draft class with limited starting experience, which some see as a negative but the Ravens see as a positive. Phillips is something of a clean slate for their coaching staff to try to mold, and the more he plays, the better he will become.
This is a pick that may look very, very smart in a few years.
4. His first passion was music
The reason he only played one season in high school? Phillips spent most of his time on the football field with a trumpet in his hands.
Phillips plays both trumpet and piano, and his first dream was to play for the marching band at Mississippi state, not the football team. His talents in the band were never in doubt, but he ultimately chose to return to football thanks to his natural size and athleticism.
5. He majored in Human Development and Family Sciences
The Ravens covet players with exceptional character, and Phillips fits that bill. He wants to one day work as an occupational therapist for children with special needs, and in his youth, acted as a protector for those around him when they were being bullied in school.
Ravens fans will like Phillips if he can adequately fill the hole on the offensive line, but they'll fall in love with him thanks to his strength of character.
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