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NFL Draft 2018: Baltimore Ravens select TE Hayden Hurst with the 25th pick

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NCAA Football: Florida at South Carolina Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

With the 25th pick in the 2018 NFL draft, the Baltimore Ravens have selected tight end Hayden Hurst from South Carolina:

Hurst is regarded by many as the top tight end prospect in the draft class. He has prototypical size (6’5, 250) and excellent playmaking ability. Combining his plus athleticism, sticky hands, speed to run away from defensive backs and versatility, Hurst earned first-team All-SEC recognition in 2017. Hayden compiled 100 receptions for 1,281 yards and four all-purpose touchdowns in South Carolina’s run first offense.

His precise route running allows him to create easy separation, and while blocking is not a strong suit, he is a tough and willing competitor. Hurst’s ceiling may be limited because he will 25 years old when his rookie season begins due to a previous baseball career. Nonetheless, his ability to come down with contested catches and pick up yards after contact will be welcomed by Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense.

Hurst should slot into the lineup immediately in two tight end sets as the preferred pass catching option opposite stout blocker Nick Boyle. He will be competing with former second round tight end Maxx Williams for repetitions. Hayden’s ability to stretch the seam will add a needed element to the Ravens revamped passing attack.

Welcome to Baltimore, Hayden Hurst!

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