Daniel Faalele set to record minutes for Baltimore Ravens in rookie season, earns comparisons to Orlando Brown Jr


Australian Daniel Faalele may only be weeks into his NFL career, but he’s already making an impression with the Baltimore Ravens.

The 22-year-old Melbourne native was selected with a fourth-round pick in last month’s draft and is set to gain minutes as a rookie, with his coaches impressed with the 174kg star.

“The guy is big. He can move,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “He has good feet. I was watching the tape earlier. He moves his feet really well, and yet he has so much to learn.

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“He has to go to work every day to improve, but I expect him to play football for us this year.”

Faalele’s size and commanding skills have earned him comparisons to former Ravens star Orlando Brown Jr, a three-time Pro Bowl selection.

Faalele (78) pictured during his college career for Minnesota (Getty)

“It’s the natural comparison, isn’t it? They’re both huge men,” Ravens director of player personnel Joe Hortiz said.

“You’re definitely thinking Orlando. Orlando is probably a bit more… well, he played left tackle, No. 1, but probably a bit more physical as an outgoing run blocker, where Faalele was probably a bit more polite and consistent in pro pass (protection), in terms of patient play.

“Orlando would get a bit aggressive coming out, as you remember. But yeah, that’s the natural comparison between the two men.”

It’s a comparison that Faalele sees himself too.

“I feel like I’m fair with the size comparison,” he said.

“One day I would like to play like him. His football intelligence is really good and he uses his strengths to his advantage. I feel like Coach ‘D’ (Ravens offensive line coach, Joe D’Alessandris) helped him develop those things, and I feel like I’m in good hands.”

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