Lamar Jackson, who won the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore quarterback at Louisville and was a finalist for the award as a junior, was selected with the 32nd pick of the NFL Draft after the Baltimore Ravens acquired the pick from the Philadelphia Eagles in a trade.
While they were on the clock to pick at the very end of the first round, they dealt the pick to Baltimore in exchange for the 52nd pick and 125th pick this year and a second-rounder next year.
All the wheeling and dealing left the Ravens with a whopping total of eight Day 3 picks, a fitting finale for Newsome, who has said in the past that no organization covets draft picks more than the Ravens do.
Ozzie Newsome's first two draft picks as Ravens general manager were Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis.
Being that Hurst is 25 years old when the season starts and the fact he does need to work on some of the blocking aspects of his game, Hurst is still a safe and solid first-round selection by the Ravens.
Roseman said they were prepared to make their pick at No. 32, but started fielding phone calls from teams seeking to get back into the first round. "This doesn't really change things in a sense that we're going to go with Joe and he's going to roll". The Ravens are known to trade back as often as any team in the league, and when you break down the moves, they make a lot of sense for Baltimore. It was a dream scenario, where everything the Ravens could hope for lined up. We feel like that we don't want to put ourselves in the position with the roster that if you get an injury, that you have to go out on the street to try to find a pass-catching tight end. Here are three reasons executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman outlined when he met with the media Thursday night. The Ravens still went with an Alabama player in Marlon Humphrey, but the other three were more highly-rated prospects.
Additionally, it is worth noting that Joe Flacco is in the final guaranteed year of his contract, so all the pressure is going to be on him to hang onto his job. Incumbent starter Joe Flacco is a Super Bowl champion and has held the Ravens' starting gig since he was selected with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.
"I've had bad plays and come back and had great games", he said after OU's Pro Day.
"We felt like the value was right for us, where we are as a football team, where the value was in this draft", said executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman.