Ben Powers was back home in Wichita Saturday, anxiously awaiting the call every football player dreams of.
That call eventually came, as the Baltimore Ravens selected the offensive lineman in the fourth round, with the 123rd pick.
Powers says he was hanging out with friend Orlando Brown Jr., when he got the call.
“You know my phone starting to ring, my good buddy I played with at Oklahoma, Orlando Brown, he flew into town for this weekend, and I showed him the phone and said 410, that’s the Baltimore, that’s the Maryland area code, and he started going crazy,” said Powers.
Brown Jr. was Powers teammate at Oklahoma and was also drafted by the Ravens in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Powers career can be traced back to Wichita, where he starred on the gridiron for the Kapaun Mt. Carmel Crusaders.
After he graduated, the 6’4 307lb guard didn’t receive any Division I scholarship offers, so he stayed home to play JUCO ball for Butler.
That opportunity opened a door for him to take his talents to Norman, to play for the Oklahoma Sooners.
Powers would start all three years during his time on the team.
He says he will leave on Thursday for Baltimore to take part in their rookie mini camp.