5 things to know about Malik Harrison, the newest Ravens linebacker

Ethan Cadeaux
NBC Sports Washington

The Ravens entered Day 2 of the NFL Draft with four picks in the third round, and they used the third one of those on linebacker Malik Harrison.

Here are five things to know about the Ohio State product.

1. He played five different positions in high school.

Harrison was a two-way star at Walnut Ridge High School in Columbus, Ohio. On offense, he played both quarterback and running back, while he rotated between linebacker and safety on defense.

He wasn't just a football player, either, as Harrison starred for the Walnut Ridge basketball team, where he was an all-state honorable mention.

2. Harrison grew up just 15 minutes from Ohio State.

When the newest Ravens linebacker officially moves to Baltimore, it will be the first time he moves from Columbus. 

Harrison's high school was just 13 miles away from Ohio State, where Harrison would be a multi-year starter. Now, he has a nearly-400 mile journey to the Charm City.


3. Harrison excels at stopping the run.

Harrison's best attribute is his run-stuffing ability, and he put that on display plenty over the past two seasons.

The linebacker was the Buckeyes leading tackler both as a junior and a senior and finished his Ohio State career with 205 tackles.

4. His standout senior season earned him first-team All-Big Ten honors.

The linebacker had a solid junior year in 2018, but his 2019 campaign was the one that etched his name in the conversation for one of the best linebackers in program history.

Harrison finished the season with 75 tackles, 16.5 tackles-for-loss, 4.5 sacks and four pass break-ups. Only three linebackers in Buckeye history had more tackles-for-loss in a single-season than Harrison did in 2019.

5. Harrison brings a Buckeye teammate with him to Baltimore.

Before Harrison knew he would be headed to Baltimore, he saw his former Buckeye teammate J.K. Dobbins get drafted by the Ravens 55th overall. 43 picks later, he's once again teammates with the former Buckeye running back.

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