Eric DeCosta and the Baltimore Ravens have put the finishing touches on what has been an excellent 2019 NFL Draft with rounds 4-7 taking place today from Nashville, Tennessee.
After trading back three spots in Round 1 and selecting Marquise “Hollywood” Brown 25th overall, DeCosta added defensive end Jaylon Ferguson in Round 3 at No. 85. Then the Ravens did something they don’t do often which is trading up to No. 93 to select Notre Dame wide receiver Miles Boykin.
On Saturday DeCosta continued to bolster to the Ravens offense at No. 113 in the fourth round when his staff selected running back Justice Hill out of Oklahoma State. Hill adds to a Ravens backfield that lacks a home run hitter. Ravens scout Joe Horitz is already raving about Hill:
The Ravens now boast one of the speediest QB/RB/WR trios in the league after adding Brown and Hill to join second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson. The Ravens are making a concerted effort to become a big play-type offense. Good on you Mr. DeCosta.
The Ravens were back on the clock at No. 123 in Round 4 and selected Oklahoma offensive guard Ben Powers. Powers was a three-year starter on one of the best offensive lines in the country. The Ravens selection of Powers makes Oklahoma even with Alabama in terms of most players drafted by the Ravens.
And check out this quote from Powers:
I love to hear that from an Offensive Linemen and would expect Powers would be in the mix for a starting role in 2019. Time will tell.
Baltimore’s third and final pick of the Fourth Round became USC cornerback Iman Marshall at No. 127. This was a curious selection at first as the Ravens secondary may already be the best in the NFL. However, Jimmy Smith is in the last year of his deal. Brandon Carr and Maurice Canady could be on their way out after 2019 too. This was a savvy pick from DeCosta and company to stash some depth in the event that all three players are elsewhere next season
The Ravens were next on the clock in the fifth Round at No. 160 and selected Texas A&M defensive tackle Daylon Mack. Mack is massive at 6’1″, 336 pounds, providing the Ravens with some options if Michael Pierce explores free agency next season or Brandon Williams has another disappointing year. Last season Mack had 10tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks and a blocked kick.
Interesting tidbit here on Mack:
Ravens fans will love to see this from their new defensive tackle.
With their last pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Ravens selected Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley in the sixth Round at No. 197. I am intrigued to hear more on the thought process behind this pick as it doesn’t seem to make a ton of sense. Perhaps they envision some sort of role similar to what Taysom Hill played for the New Orleans Saints last year.
With the 2019 NFL Draft concluded, the Ravens now have a better idea of which positions on their roster still may need addressed prior to the opening of training camp later this summer.
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