In his last draft as normal manager, Ozzie Newsome went out on a higher notice and built what — consequently considerably, at the very least — seems to be 1 of the additional gifted draft lessons the Baltimore Ravens have ever experienced.
By investing down several periods in the very first spherical when still controlling to get a best participant at a placement of need — tight close Hayden Hurst at pick No. 25 — and a franchise quarterback several picks later — Lamar Jackson at No. 32 — the Ravens’ haul garnered an A-minus grade from NFL.com right away subsequent the draft in April, and the mark still retains up about 10 months afterwards.
In revisiting each team’s 2018 draft course, NFL.com’s Jeremy Bergman and Nick Shook experienced higher praise for Baltimore’s bunch just after their rookie seasons, giving the Ravens a B-in addition grade for their draft course and ranking them at No. 6 overall amid all groups.
Initially and foremost, the two complimented Baltimore’s choice of Jackson:
“Obviously, the massive get in this course is Jackson, who teamed with mentor John Harbaugh to save Harbaugh’s career and lead the Ravens to an AFC North title, which made the Broncos-sure Joe Flacco expendable.”
Bergman and Shook also doled out praise for Hurst and fellow TE Mark Andrews, each of whom showed encouraging strides at a placement that normally poses a steep finding out curve.
“Surprisingly, next-rounder Andrews (34 catches, 552 yards, three TDs) finished up contributing a great deal additional in Year 1 than very first-rounder Hurst (13 catches, 163 yards, 1 score), who missed the very first 4 online games of the year due to injury,” they wrote. “Both could still crew up to make a formidable tight close duo in the future they’ll get additional probabilities when Nick Boyle and Maxx Williams, who are each sure for no cost agency, depart.”
Although not a member of the draft course, any writer worthy of their salt would be remiss to neglect mentioning operating back Gus Edwards, an undrafted rookie no cost agent who was a revelation for the Baltimore backfield this year.
“We just can’t overlook the out-of-nowhere engage in of Edwards, who helped have the hurrying load for Baltimore’s remodeled offense,” wrote Bergman and Shook.
Although this draft course shows good assure presently, there is still lots of untapped opportunity. Simply because of injuries and additional knowledgeable depth previously mentioned them, 4 of the 12 rookies — huge receivers Jordan Lasley and Jaleel Scott, basic safety DeShon Elliott and offensive tackle Greg Senat — did not engage in a one snap in 2018. In addition, cornerback Anthony Averett and linebacker Kenny Young could each see additional playing time just after displaying flashes of talent this year.