Schmuck: Ravens fans at DraftFest seem excited about direction team is heading

30 April, 2018, 12:15 | Author: Greg Lawrence
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"It lights a fire under and I'm hoping we get more production from our quarterbacks this year".

The end of the NFL Draft brought the end of an important era in the history of the Baltimore Ravens and, when it arrived, Ozzie Newsome modestly assessed his contributions as the team's only general manager.

Hurst caught 44 passes for 559 yards and two scores as a junior last season.

Working the phones and making shrewd picks that addressed the present and future needs of the Baltimore Ravens, Ozzie Newsome conjured one final fascinating draft for a team that has relied on his intuition since its inception. "This doesn't really change things in a sense that we're going to go with Joe and he's going to roll". Some analysts seem to believe Jackson is a one-read-then-run quarterback who can't manage a pocket under pressure.

Jackson has the potential to elevate the offense to a level that, providing the defense continues to excel, would make the Ravens contenders to go deep into the postseason. He has owned the final say in the Ravens' draft room since 1996, when he chose future Hall of Famers Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis in the first round.

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The Ravens traded two second-round picks (one in 2019) and swapped fourth-round picks to get the 32nd spot from the Philadelphia Eagles.

Tackle Orlando Brown and tight end Mark Andrews became the 85th and 86th Oklahoma players selected in the NFL Draft when they were selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the third round with the No. 83 and No. 86 picks overall.

But it was the Ravens, who many thought would take Jackson at 16, who traded back into the first round after many expected them to be finished for the night after drafting South Carolina Tight End Hayden Hurst. Just recently turned 21, Jackson might sit behind Joe Flacco for some time, but expect a quarterback controversy to brew in a hurry if Flacco struggles. "And I think after today ... the Baltimore Ravens, no doubt in my mind, are a better football team".

Speaking of receivers, the Ravens have done extensive work revamping that position, adding one of the league's top red zone threats (Michael Crabtree), a deep threat with insane wheels (John Brown), and an underrated possession guy (Willie Snead). "There are still a lot of players available that we like and we're optimistic and excited for (Friday and Saturday)". Deshon Elliott was a unanimous first-team All-American as a safety at Texas; the Ravens got him in the sixth round along with Alabama's starting center, Bradley Bozeman.

In any case, the draft was so deep in receivers that the Ravens still came away with a couple of talented prospects. A lot of experts have praised the Baltimore Ravens for their first round picks, so hopefully, they will hit on those picks. "We feel like we don't want to put ourselves in the position with the roster, that if you get an injury, we have to go out on the street and find another pass-catching tight end".

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