And given how Joe Flacco loves throwing to tight ends, Hurst and third-round pick Mark Andrews - a semi-wideout in the Dennis Pitta mold - could help the offense right away.
In his final NFL Draft as Ravens general manager, Newsome, a Hall of Fame tight end, has now taken two players at his former position through the first two days. He was second on the team in catches as a junior with 44 for 559 yards and two scores. By selecting Jackson in the first round, the Ravens signaled that they believe he is a worthwhile successor to current starter Joe Flacco, whose guaranteed money on his contract runs out after the 2018 season.
The Baltimore Ravens selected SC tight end Hayden Hurst with the 25th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft after two trades back, then selected Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson with the 32nd overall pick, trading up to end the first round. So with the first night of the draft officially in the books, let's take a look at five players the Eagles missed out on by trading down from No. 32 with the Ravens.
Jackson showed toughness when he almost led the Cardinals to a road win against quarterback Deshaun Watson and the Clemson Tigers in 2016. "That's the thing that you got to remember", coach John Harbaugh said.
The Ravens sent the Eagles their second-round pick, fourth-round pick and a 2019 second-round pick in exchange for the Eagles' first-round pick and fourth-round selection. Baltimore has three selections in the fourth round, one in the fifth, two more in the sixth round and a single seventh-rounder.More news: 5 keys to the series vs. Warriors
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"We had a group of guys at 32 that we would have been really excited about picking", Roseman said. "That suits me perfectly". In 2012, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected him in the 17th round of the MLB Draft, and he spent two years as a pitcher in the Gulf Coast League before falling out of love with the sport.
In the weeks leading up to the draft, Newsome focused on improving a passing attack that a year ago ranked 29th in the NFL. "That was one of the greatest moments that I'll ever experience in my professional life". "And in order for us to win this year, we need Joe Flacco", he said.
Newsome, 62, has been in charge of the Ravens since the franchise arrived in Baltimore from Cleveland following the 1995 season.
Then he had to wait as teams he had worked out for either traded picks or went for other players.
Going to Baltimore shows some of the overhaul and change the Ravens are looking at committing to.