Ravens considered drafting Lamar Jackson at No. 16

Anthony Averett

Ravens considered drafting Lamar Jackson at No. 16

Although Jackson brings an athletic and potentially dynamic presence to the Ravens, the rookie quarterback is still expected to sit behind returning starter Joe Flacco.

Adding the tight end in Hurst to their roster was big for Baltimore as not only was he the first tight end selection this year, but he'll make things a battle for position on the depth chart with the Ravens now having Nick Boyle, Maxx Williams, James Hurst and Vince Mayle listed on their roster at tight end. His last-second touchdown catch in the playoffs last season is a career-highlight for Diggs. However, after trading down earlier in the evening, the Baltimore Ravens chose to give their quarterback Joe Flacco another big weapon.

The Ravens traded back into the first round on Thursday night to take Lamar Jackson with the 32nd pick. Jackson has a chance to show the organization that he can be the long-term answer under center. "That's the thing we got to remember".

The Eagles and the Ravens struck a deal that sent Philadelphia's first-round pick (No. 32 overall) and a fourth-round pick (No. 132 overall) in exchange for Baltimore's second-round pick (No. 52 overall), a fourth-round pick (No. 125 overall), and a 2019 second-round pick.

Newsome then gave up the 22nd pick and a sixth-rounder to Tennessee for the 25th overall pick and a fourth-round selection.

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"A dream come true", Hurst said via his twitter account. "That suits me perfectly".

The former Gamecock didn't always play football. "I'm just honored to be where I'm at right now".

It's a position he has held for all 22 years of the Ravens' time in Baltimore, and he made his success through the draft: Picking 18 different Pro-Bowl honorees and, so far, two Hall of Famers. "I will make sure over the next decade or so they know they made a mistake." . He signed three free agent receivers - Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead - and added free agent quarterback Robert Griffin III. The process started shortly after the former Heisman trophy victor declared for the Draft back in January, with Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay both declaring that Jackson would need to play wide receiver in order to succeed in the NFL.

Newsome's contract expires after this season.

In his time as Ravens GM, Newsome has picked nine players from his alma mater - more than he has drafted from any other school. 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.

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