Former Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley is used to proving doubters wrong; he's had to do it at every level of his football career.
Now, he gets to prove it at the highest stage, as the Baltimore Ravens selected McSorley with the No. 197 overall pick in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
It'll be interesting to see where McSorley fits in with the Ravens. Obviously, Baltimore is no stranger to selecting athletic quarterbacks as they selected Lamar Jackson in last year's draft. McSorley is athletic in his own way, though he may be a more polished passer coming out of college. If Baltimore is going to continue the run-first, option style it implemented with Jackson, McSorley should fit right in. Either way, there were some rumors that teams were interested in looking at the Penn State product in other positions. Could this be something the Ravens think about?
McSorley was featured during NBC Sports Washington's pre-draft "I Am The Prospect" series, where his college head coach explained how he was not even recruited as a quarterback at first.
"We actually offered him as a safety," Penn State head coach James Franklin said. "From an athletic perspective, but understanding once we went and saw him throw, if he checked those boxes, then we would change our recruitment and start recruiting him as a quarterback."
McSorley has worked tirelessly to get to this far. Many schools thought he was not big enough to be a true Division I quarterback. Not only did he prove those doubters wrong by becoming the Nittany Lions all-time passing leader, but he led Penn State to three bowl games, including a Fiesta Bowl victory over Washington in 2017.
Now, he has the chance to showcase his talent on the biggest stage of them all.
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Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.
1. The Ravens are hopeful Earl Thomas will be a leader for their new defense which Thomas called "very complex." "This defense is very complex compared to what we were doing in Seattle,” Thomas said to Ravens media. “We were just playing Cover-3 all the time. Now, we’re making calls on the fly. That’s the biggest adjustment for me.”
Additionally, Thomas told media members after practice that he's made "fast friends" with quarterback Lamar Jackson. "He's a very funny guy, I don't know if you all know that," Thomas said.
2. Speaking of Lamar Jackson, he reportedly had his best day of practice so far this offseason according to Ravens media. Jackson's throws looked much better and he was quick in the pocket.
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Credit: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.
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Like most athletes, Robert Griffin III was empathetic towards Kevin Durant when he first went down, taking to Twitter on Monday night to voice his concern.
Today, the Ravens' veteran quarterback told ESPN's The Undefeated that he's all too familiar with Durant's decision to play and subsequent injury. RG3 likened it to his own brief playoff stint in 2013. Just four weeks removed from an injury to a knee that required reconstructive surgery in college, RG3 started – only to get hit late in the fourth and watch both his season and career come to a screeching halt.
But that's not how RG3 views it.
"I was looking at it like I'm out for here for my brothers. I'm out here for my team. And that was the only place I wasnted to be."
And Griffin doesn't believe he's alone in that thought process, suggesting it was KD's mindset ahead of Game 5 as well.
"Most of us are built to fight. So whenever we get a situation where we’re a little injured or a little banged-up, our first reaction isn’t to get out of there and rest. Our first reaction is to figure out how we can keep going. That’s what makes a guy like Kevin Durant great."
It remains to be seen whether KD's recovery will be smoother than RG3's. The former Heisman Trophy winner never came close to matching his breakout rookie season, eventually losing his starting job in Washington in 2014.
Durant will miss all of next season, meaning the former Montrose Christian star's next NBA appearance would be as a 32 year-old.