Orlando Claude Brown Jr. was born on May 2, 1996, in Baltimore. You can probably guess his Dad’s name (who also had played for the Ravens). He went to high school at DeMatha Catholic High School and then Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, Georgia. His dad famously had told him that he should only want to be a left tackle. He told his DeMatha high school coach that if he couldn’t play left tackle then put him on defense. His freshman year (already at 300 pounds), he couldn’t win the left tackle spot, so they put him at defensive tackle. His dad had him practice with the DeMatha wrestling team Monday through Saturday to learn body movements and leverage.
He improved significantly his sophomore year as he grew into his body. His father died in 2011 and the family moved to Georgia. He continued to play football there and also threw discus and shot put in track, a sport his father once said would help his footwork. He was a three-star prospect coming out of high school and had offers from Tennessee, Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, and Auburn. He originally committed to Tennessee but changed his mind and chose Oklahoma.
He redshirted his freshman year in 2014 and was named the starting left tackle the next year. In 2018, he announced he was entering the draft. (There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of additional information available for linemen!)
He performed poorly in the combine, with his 40 time being called “historically bad” by Mike Mayock. He finished last in several of the categories. He was originally considered a first round draft pick but dropped to being drafted in the third round by the Baltimore Ravens. In spite of his poor combine, he made the Pro Bowl the last two years, and was traded to the Chiefs in 2021.