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Rookies Assigned Jersey Numbers

Courtney Upshaw will wear No. 91 and Gino Gradkowski gets Ben Grubbs’ old No. 66.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Saturday, May 5th, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

Now fans can start buying their jerseys.

The Ravens rookies have their jersey numbers.

Top pick Courtney Upshaw will wear No. 91. He wanted to keep his college No. 41, but linebackers are not permitted to wear that number in the NFL.

Upshaw’s will be the biggest name to don that number yet in franchise history. Others include defensive tackles Marques Douglas, Aubrayo Franklin and, most recently, Brandon McKinney.

The Ravens’ second second-round pick, guard/tackle Kelechi Osemele, will wear No. 72, the same number he wore at Iowa State. Bryan Mattison last wore the number.

Third-round pick Bernard Pierce also got lucky that his college No. 30 was free, so he picked that up.

Fourth-round pick Gino Gradkowski will don No. 66, which comes with a bit of irony considering it was departed left guard Ben Grubbs’ old number. Gradkowski will be in a competition to replace Grubbs this season.

Safety Christian Thompson was assigned No. 33, which was fullback Le’Ron McClain’s old number. Cornerback Asa Jackson got No. 25, Chris Carr’s former jersey.

Sixth-round wide receiver Tommy Streeter is in No. 11. It was most recently worn by wide receiver Marcus Smith. Generally, the newer wide receivers get the lower numbers as opposed to the standard jersey in the 80s.

Lastly, seventh-round defensive end DeAngelo Tyson will be in No. 93, which was most recently worn by departed defensive end Cory Redding.

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