The 22-year-old Melbourne native was chosen with a fourth-round decide in final month’s draft, and is predicted to realize minutes as a rookie, along with his coaches impressed by the 174kg star.
“The guy is big. He can move,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh mentioned. “He has good toes. I used to be simply watching the tape simply now. He’s transferring his toes very well, and but, he has a lot to be taught.
“He has to go to work each day to get higher, however I anticipate him taking part in soccer for us this yr.”
Faalele’s imposing size and skill has seen him earn comparisons to former Ravens star Orlando Brown Jr, a three-time Pro Bowl selection.
“That’s the pure comparability, proper? They’re each big, huge males,” Ravens director of player personnel Joe Hortiz said.
“You undoubtedly take into consideration Orlando. Orlando might be just a little bit extra… properly, he performed left deal with, No.1, however in all probability just a little bit extra bodily as a run blocker popping out, the place Faalele was in all probability just a little extra polished and constant in cross professional (safety), by way of taking part in affected person.
“Orlando would get a little aggressive coming out, as you guys remember. But yes, that’s the natural comparison between the two men.”
It is a comparability that Faalele sees himself as properly.
“I feel like just with the size comparison,” he mentioned.
“One day, I’d like to play like him. His football intelligence is really good, and he uses his strengths to his advantage. I feel like coach ‘D’ (Ravens offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris) has helped him develop those things, and I feel like I’m in good hands.”