Round 1 of the NFL Draft is in the books, so what is being said about the Ravens' selection of wide receiver Marquise Brown? Plus, what's on tap for Rounds 2 and 3?
I love this kid. I think he's an explosive player. Yes, he's small at 170 pounds, but this guy can fly. If you're gonna make Lamar Jackson a better quarterback, you need good players around him to make him better and this kid will help. Grade: A
... The Ravens have been the worst team at drafting wide receivers. Only one wide receiver drafted by the Ravens produced a 1,000-yard season (Torrey Smith in 2013), and all three selected in the first round (Travis Taylor, Mark Clayton and Breshad Perriman) rank among the franchise's top busts. Baltimore is hoping to end that trend with Brown. The biggest knock on him is his thin frame. There are durability concerns considering he's 5-feet-10, 166 pounds. But the Ravens couldn't pass on the 11th-ranked prospect on [Todd] McShay's board.
Marquise "Hollywood" Brown projects as a game-breaking speed receiver in the NFL. Brown has explosive speed and the ability to tear open secondaries in all levels of the field. Brown has tremendous quickness at the top of his routes and could be successfully implemented into many kinds of offenses, although his best usage would be as a Z-receiver in a vertical passing offense. High impact player.
I totally understand the pick; let's start there. The team needed to take “more swings” at the receiver position, as general manager Eric DeCosta said, and they took their shot. Brown has speed and gets open quickly off the line of scrimmage. Plus, he was outstanding when plays broke down at Oklahoma, giving his quarterback (No. 1 pick Kyler Murray) an option outside of the pocket. The Ravens needed to add speed and playmakers to their offense and they did that. I liked A.J. Brown and N'Keal Harry better; according to head coach John Harbaugh, blocking would be an important aspect in their evaluations of receivers. "Hollywood," at less than 170 pounds, does not meet that criteria.
My grade is a B.
Day Two Setup
The Ravens have the 85th and 102nd picks in Round 3 tonight and have nine total picks left in the 2019 draft. When the Ravens traded down from the 22nd overall pick to 25, they added a fourth-round pick (125) and a sixth-round pick (197).
Best Players Available By Position
Running Back: Mike Sanders, Darrell Henderson, Damien Harris, Devin Singletary, Rodney Anderson
Wide Receiver: A.J. Brown, Deebo Samuel, Kelvin Harmon, Hakeem Butler, D.K. Metcalf
Offensive Line: Cody Ford, Dalton Risner, Jawaan Taylor (medical issue), Erik McCoy, Greg Little
Tight End: Irv Smith Jr., Jace Sternberger, Dax Raymond, Dawson Knox, Kahale Warring
Edge Rusher: Chase Winovich, Jachai Polite, Zach Allen, Christian Miller, Ben Banogu, Anthony Nelson
Cornerback: Byron Murphy, Greedy Williams, Rock Ya-Sin, Amani Oruwariye, Justin Layne
Safety: Nasir Adderley, Juan Thornhill, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Taylor Rapp, Amani Hooker, Deionte Thompson
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