Ravens’ Draft Results 2019

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Ravens’ Draft Results 2019

Li Chen and Jack Corcoran

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This Ravens offseason has all been about change. Ozzie Newsome, the Ravens’ only GM in the history of the franchise, retired. Longtime QB Joe Flacco was traded to the Denver Broncos, ending an era that began in 2008. Veteran defensive starters like Eric Weddle, CJ Mosley, and Terrell Suggs left during free agency.  

With free agency over and only eight picks across seven rounds to deal with, Eric DeCosta helmed his first draft as the Ravens GM, searching to surround second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson with wide receivers and running backs that can improve their offense. The team’s main focus is to still build on their offensive line, and the draft picks are based off what they believed was the most necessary for the team. 

The Ravens originally had the 22nd overall pick, but then they traded it to the Philadelphia Eagles who then gave the Ravens the 25th overall selection (1st round), the 127th (4th round), and the 197th (6th round) picks. The Ravens then selected wide receiver Marquise Brown out of Oklahoma with their first pick in the 2019 draft at 25th overall. After sitting out most of the offseason activities, including the NFL Scouting Combine and Oklahoma’s Pro Day due to a Lisfranc foot injury suffered during the Big 12 Championship game against Texas, Brown should be ready by the beginning of training camp. Brown figures to be one of the fastest players in this draft, meaning his development as a route runner and pass catcher will be crucial for the success of this new-look Ravens offense.  

Because of the second-round pick that they traded to the Eagles in the Lamar Jackson trade in last year’s draft, the Ravens did not pick until the third round with the 85th pick. With said pick, they went for defense; they selected edge rusher Jaylon Ferguson out of Louisiana Tech. Nicknamed “Sack Daddy,” Ferguson broke former Raven great Terrell Suggs career NCAA sack record with 45 totals in his college career. While he played at a lower-level in competition at Louisiana Tech, a player doesn’t just stumble into that sort of production. He won’t be a starter day one, as he is playing behind players like Matthew Judon, Tyus Bowser, and Tim Williams, but expect his role to grow as the season wears on.  

The Ravens then drafted Miles Boykin, a WR out of Notre Dame, after trading up from pick 102 (3rd round) to acquire the 93rd (third round) selection from the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for the 102nd 191st (sixth round) and 193rd (sixth round) selections. Boykin didn’t come on until just this past season, where his production increased as the Fighting Irish switched from the wildly inaccurate Brandon Wimbush to the deadeye Ian Book at QB. With the athleticism he showed at the combine, he is more of a developmental prospect, and, with his height, he would make the perfect pairing with Hollywood Brown; with Brown’s speed and Boykin’s size, expect a modest stat line this year with increasing production as his careers moves forward.  

Now with three fourth-round picks after their trade with the Eagles, the Ravens first drafted Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill at 113 overall; he figures to be the speed complement to big, bruiser backs that the Ravens have like Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards. Next, at 123rd overall, the Ravens drafted Oklahoma offensive guard Ben Powers. After starting out his career in junior college, the Kansas native signed with Oklahoma; there he started in his two seasons and helped to anchor not only the top-scoring offense behind No.1 overall selections Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, but also the Joe Moore award winners in 2018, an award given to the top offensive line in all of college football.  

With their last selection in the fourth round, at 127th overall, the Ravens drafted Iman Marshall, a defensive back out of Southern Cal. While the Ravens are deep at this position after signing Justin Bethel in free agency, it is likely that he will start as a special teamsplayer, earning a spot on the defense as his career wears on.  

Daylon Mack, a defensive tackle from Texas A&M, was picked by the Ravens in the fifth round at pick no. 160. With Michael Pierce nearing a massive deal in free agency and Brandon Williams approaching the end of his prime, it is likely that he was drafted as either one of their replacements. Known as a run-stopper, Mack should be a terrific fit in defensive coordinator Don Martindale’s scheme, which is focused on stopping the run.  

With their last pick at 197 (sixth round), the Ravens selected QB Trace McSorley, one of the most prolific passers in Penn State history and the fastest quarterback in the NFL combine this year. He will be the third quarterback the Ravens have next to Lamar Jackson, and his backup Robert Griffin III. Known for his athleticism, it is unlikely that he sees much time as a quarterback, but his versatility could prove to be useful to new offensive coordinator Greg Roman.