What is most telling about all of this is that the Ravens had moved back into the first round to get Jackson while he was still on the board.
Hurst caught 44 passes for 559 yards and two scores as a junior last season.
The Baltimore Ravens made the surprising move to trade back into the first round and select Lamar Jackson with the 32nd overall pick Thursday night, adding an exciting playmaker to one of the NFL's worst offenses and providing some intrigue to the quarterback position. He said Brown "brought a light" to the Ravens facility during his visit. "That's the thing we got to remember".
Then Newsome jumped back into the fray after it seemed the Ravens were done.
Jackson is a phenomenal college football player who seemingly has many people in the NFL concerned that he won't make the transition to the pros. Others are convinced his tools and production are the foundation for a star in the making.
Analysts indicated Andrews slipped some in the draft because of questionable blocking ability, but on the same day the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph and James Washington, the Ravens took two Sooners. The Baltimore Ravens elected to take the former SC tight end with the No. 25 overall pick.
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Newsome said Flacco wasn't told before the draft that the team could select a quarterback in the first round. This was confirmed by Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who described Jackson as a "great" quarterback, but reaffirmed that Flacco will likely remain the starter in Baltimore for the meantime.
Baltimore traded back in the first round and ended up selecting tight end Hayden Hurst out of SC at pick 25.
It's unusual to think an National Football League team would go out of their way to disrupt the rhythm of their starting quarterback to get their backup on the field. "I really, really feel very good about this class and how it came to be". "Austin was dying for us to get Lamar Jackson, so that surprise at the end was a gift for him".
Two rounds after drafting Averett, the Ravens selected Alabama center Bradley Bozeman.
Brown's selection at AT&T Stadium was announced by former Ravens player Edwin Mulitalo, who prefaced the pick with this reminder: "The Lord works in mysterious ways".
Regardless, as Newsome wraps up his final draft in charge of the Ravens process, he put his stamp on the organization one final time by supplying it with its future franchise quarterback, an influx of pass-catching tight ends for an offense sorely in need of them, and newfound energy for the franchise.