Sep 14, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions guard John Urschel (64) blocks Central Florida Knights linebacker Terrance Plummer (41) during the second quarter at Beaver Stadium. Central Florida defeated Penn State 34-31. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren- USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: John Urschel Selected No. 175 by Baltimore Ravens

Former Penn State offensive guard John Urschel has been selected in the fifth round as the No. 175 pick overall by the Baltimore Ravens. There’s little argument that he is the smartest man in the 2014 NFL Draft, having earned a Master’s degree in mathematics, and carrying a GPA of 4.0. He’s also been a published writer in journals.

Urschel had a very decorated career at Penn State, both on and off the field. As a football player, Urschel was a two-time First-Team All-Big Ten selection in 2012 and 2013 and a Third-Team All-American in 2013. He was a rock on the interior of the offensive line and provided great run blocking. During the 2013 season, he played a big part in helping to protect true freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg.

He’ll be a good fit in a pro-style offense and though he’s undersized, he has shown solid blocking ability.

Off the field, Urschel excelled in the classroom. He won the 2013 Campbell Trophy, referred to as the “Academic Heisman”. He also was a two-time Academic All-American and was named to Academic All-Big Ten team three times.  Recently, Urschel was  the recipient of the James E. Sullivan Award, given to the nation’s top amateur athlete.

Urschel has a bright future, even if it’s not on the football field. However, with the Ravens he’ll get a shot to help Ray Rice in the running game and protect quarterback Joe Flacco to help Baltimore be successful.

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