Strategy And Personnel

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April 29, 2018 at 10:44 pm.

A closer look at the Ravens picks:

Round 1/25 — Hayden Hurst, TE, 6-5, 250, South Carolina

The Ravens traded down to grab Hurst, who is expected to start immediately. Quarterback Joe Flacco loves to throw to tight ends so it’s imperative that Hurst develop a rapport with him. While Hurst did not put up big numbers at South Carolina, he can create mismatches with linebackers and has good hands to move the chains.

Round 1/32 — Lamar Jackson, QB, 6-3, 216, Louisville

The Ravens are confident they nabbed the heir to Joe Flacco. Jackson is a big-time playmaker that won the Heisman Trophy Award in 2016. He also has a nose for the end zone and broke a Louisville record with 119 touchdowns (69 passes, 50 runs). Jackson will also get an opportunity to ease into his role and will benefit from playing behind Flacco.

Round 3/83 — Orlando Brown Jr., T, 6-8, 345, Oklahoma

The son of former Ravens offensive lineman Orlando “Zeus” Brown could be another steal by the Ravens. The stock for the younger Brown fell after he struggled at the Combine. However, he has the size and pedigree to make an immediate impact in Baltimore. Brown will compete with James Hurst for the starting role at right tackle. Orlando Brown Sr. died in September 2011 at age 40 because of complications from diabetes.

Round 3/86 — Mark Andrews, TE, 6-5, 256, Oklahoma

The Ravens entered the draft with tight end as their biggest need. They took Hurst with the 16th overall pick and then selected Andrews two rounds later. It was the third time the Ravens took a pair of tight ends in the draft. Andrews will have an opportunity to play immediately because the Ravens will likely will go with two-tight end sets on offense. Andrews led Oklahoma with 62 receptions for 958 yards (15.5 yards per catch) and eight touchdowns. He also won the John Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end.

Round 4/118 — Anthony Averett, CB, 5-11, 183, Alabama

Newsome went back to the Alabama talent pool to add depth in the secondary. Averett has good speed and is solid in coverage. While he is a bit undersized, he played on one of the best defenses in college football and has developed the technique and toughness to play in the NFL. Averett is the nephew of former Ravens tackle Bryant McKinnie.

Round 4/122 — Kenny Young, ILB, 6-1, 236, UCLA

The Ravens were able to acquire Young from the pick they acquired from Kansas City. Young, an All-Pac-12 selection last season, could earn a spot next to veteran C.J. Mosley. He led the Bruins last season with 110 tackles, 8.5 for loss, one sack and three passes deflected. Young is lauded for his work ethic.

Round 4/132 — Jaleel Scott, WR, 6-1, 218, New Mexico State

He provides a big target that can play inside and outside. Scott is also effective coming down with the ball. He was a first-team all-conference pick in the Sun Belt after catching 76 passes for 1,079 yards with nine touchdowns. However, he doesn’t have the speed to get behind most NFL secondaries.

Round 5/162 — Jordan Lasley, WR, 6-1, 201, UCLA

Lasley is productive when he can stay on the field. He caught 69 passes for 1,264 yards with nine touchdowns last season. Lasley also averaged over 18 yards per catch. He was named honorable mention by the Pac-12 coaches. Lasley also has the ability to respond in big games, finishing with more than 200 yards receiving against both USC and California. However, he has dealt with several legal and disciplinary issues.

Round 6/190 — DeShon Elliott, S, 6-0, 210, Texas

Elliott could evolve into another ball hawk in the secondary. Last season, he had six interceptions and broke up seven passes. Elliott could play himself into the rotation at safety with a strong training camp. He could also make his mark on special teams.

Round 6/212 — Greg Senat, T, 6-6, 302, Wagner

Senat is athletic and also played four years of college basketball. He originally wanted to play tight end but eventually decided he was best suited for the offensive line. Senat started 11 games in both 2016 and 2017. He will be a project for the Ravens as he increases his overall bulk.

Round 6/215 — Bradley Bozeman, C, 6-4, 317, Alabama

The Ravens added further depth to the offensive line with Bozeman, who is widely regarded for his toughness. Bozeman started 14 games as a senior for the national champions last season and earned second-team All-SEC honors. He could compete for playing time because the Ravens lost starter Ryan Jensen to the Buccaneers via free agency.

Round 7/238 — Zach Sieler, DE, 6-6, 290, Ferris State

Sieler was dominant at the Division II level and had 50.5 tackles for a loss and 26.5 sacks over the last two seasons. He has the size and strength to make an impact in the NFL. Sieler was general manager Ozzie Newsome’s last pick in 23 years of leading the Ravens’ draft.


TE Hayden Hurst: The versatile pass-catcher fills the biggest need for the Ravens. Hurst caught 44 passes for 559 yards and two scores as a junior last season. He is an exceptional route-runner and can move the chains on third down. Hurst will take over the starting role from Benjamin Watson, who led the Ravens with 61 catches in 2017 before leaving as a free agent to sign with the Saints. Hurst is also a stellar all-around athlete that was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 17th round of the 2012 Major League draft. He played two seasons in the Gulf Coast League as a pitcher then as a first baseman, before earning a spot as a tight end with South Carolina as a walk-on.


T Orlando Brown: The massive offensive lineman, 6-foot-8, 345 pounds, watched his stock fall after a disappointing Combine. However, he will immediately compete for a starting spot at right tackle in Baltimore. Brown was rated as one of the best tackles in college football last season and was a first-team AP All-America and All-Big 12. He was solid protecting Baker Mayfield’s blind side and could eventually do the same for Joe Flacco. The Ravens have struggled with injuries on the offensive line and Brown will at least provide solid depth.


WR Jordan Lasley: While the Ravens need to add some young players at wide receiver, they took a chance on Lasley. He was arrested twice while attending UCLA for possession of alcohol and having a fake ID. Lasley was also suspended three games last season for disciplinary reasons. He is productive when he stays out of trouble. The Ravens have prided themselves in staying away from those types of risky players over the past several years. They better hope the reward outweighs the risk.


–CB Brandon Boykin was expected to add depth in the secondary, but he was injured in preseason camp and never played a snap. Limited opportunities could lead him back to Baltimore.

–TE Crockett Gillmore has not proven he can stay healthy after being picked by the Ravens in the third round of the 2014 draft. Gillmore, who is 6-foot-6, 266-pounds, plans to make a comeback as an offensive lineman, but his days in Baltimore are likely over.

–T Austin Howard, who started 16 games at right tackle in 2018, became a free agent when the Ravens declined to exercise his option.

–ILB Steven Johnson was signed in October and was a key member of the special teams. The Ravens could look to bring him back on a short-term deal.

–QB Ryan Mallett will likely need to find a new home in 2018 after Ravens head coach John Harbaugh alluded to selecting a quarterback in this year’s draft as a potential heir to Joe Flacco.

–RB Terrance West started four of the first five games but then missed the next four games because of a left calf injury suffered on Oct. 8. He finished the season third on the team with 138 yards on 39 carries with two touchdowns, but might not fit into the team’s 2018 plans.

–WR Quincy Adeboyejo: ERFA; $480K/1 yr.

–RB Alex Collins: ERFA; $630K/1 yr.

–T James Hurst: Potential UFA; $17.5M/4 yrs, $8M guaranteed ($2M injury only at signing, $5M SB).

–CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste: ERFA; $630K/1 yr.

–WR Vince Mayle: ERFA; $630K/1 yr.

–LB Patrick Onwuasor: ERFA; $630K/1 yr.

–G Maurquice Shakir: ERFA; $555K/1 yr.

–C Matt Skura: ERFA; $555K/1 yr.

–DE Brent Urban: Potential UFA; $1.1M/1 yr, $100K SB.

–WR John Brown: UFA Cardinals; $5M/1 yr, $4M SB.

–WR Michael Crabtree: FA Raiders; $21M/3 yrs, $11M guaranteed ($3M injury only at signing, $7M SB). Up to $2.5M incentives each year for receptions/TDs.

–QB Robert Griffin III: FA; $1.1M/1 yr, $100K SB.

–CB Bennett Jackson: FA; $480K/1 yr.

–CB Robert Nelson: FA; $480K/1 yr.

–WR DeVier Posey: FA; $805K/1 yr, $100K RB.

–WR Willie Snead IV: RFA Saints; 2 yrs, terms unknown (had been tendered at $1.907M with no compensation); Saints did not match Ravens offer.

–C Luke Bowanko: UFA Patriots; $835K/1 yr, $45K guaranteed.

–WR Michael Campanaro: UFA Titans; $835K/1 yr, $45K SB.

–C Ryan Jensen: UFA Buccaneers; $42M/4 yrs, $22M guaranteed/$10M RB.

–WR Jeremy Maclin (released).

–WR Mike Wallace: UFA Eagles; $1.915M/1 yr, $1M SB.

–TE Benjamin Watson: UFA Saints; $2M/1 yr, $645K SB.

–DB Lardarius Webb (released).

–RB Danny Woodhead (released; subsequently retired).