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When offensive tackle Ramon Harewood was drafted in the sixth-round in 2010, the Ravens ogled at his potential.
He’s 6-foot-6, 340 pounds, smart and athletic.
Problem is, Baltimore hasn’t gotten to see much of that potential in action.
Harewood has spent the past two seasons on injured reserve. The first was due to procedures on each of his knees. This past season, a preseason ankle injury forced him out.
“Such is life. I can’t go back and take it back,” he said.
Now Harewood says he’s healthy and is preparing to finally prove himself.
While almost all of his teammates have vacated the team’s Owings Mills facility, Harewood has been a frequent visitor, strengthening his ankle as much as possible and preparing to show what he can do in 2012.
“To be honest, the excitement has gone away,” Harewood said of making his return.
“Right now, it’s just a matter of getting to work. I wouldn’t call it excitement at all. In my mind I’ve got a job to do and I need to do it. My goal is set.”
Harewood, 25, said his sights are set on becoming a starter.
It’s likely a long-shot considering he hasn’t played a regular-season snap yet and Baltimore has Michael Oher and Bryant McKinnie set to return next year at tackle. But Harewood has the potential to work into the mix and eventually a larger role.
The Ravens knew Harewood was a developmental player when they drafted him. He had very little football under his belt before moving to America in 2006 from Barbados, where he played volleyball, track and field, cricket and soccer.
He became a dominant force while at small, all-male, historically black Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga., and did enough to convince Baltimore to invest a draft pick in him.
Two years later, Harewood’s still confident he can make it.
“There’s nothing that I’ve seen the last two years that would tell me that I can’t play in the NFL,” he said. “There’s no doubt in my mind. I feel like if I get through camp healthy, sky’s the limit.”