After jumping down ten spots in fifth-round of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens couldn’t find a dance partner, or so I’m guessing due to the front office executing six trades in the past five rounds. With the 162nd pick in the draft, the Ravens double-dip at wide receiver, selecting Jordan Lasley from UCLA.
Another Bruin to the Ravens! Welcome Jordan Lasley! pic.twitter.com/987dkrweua— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) April 28, 2018
Lasley was paired with QB Josh Rosen at UCLA, and in his 2017 season produced 1,264 yards on 69 catches, for nine touchdowns. He does come with some concern, though, as Lasley produced one of the worst drop rates in college football, over the past two years. The Ravens are taking a small gamble here, but hope his big-play potential is worth taking in hopes of correcting the hands issue.
Lasley feels like a slight tweener-receiver; he stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 203 pounds. Too big for a quick, slot receiver but also not big and powerful for an outside red-zone threat.
He won’t be thrust into the starting role, and maybe some development with Lamar Jackson may produce outstanding results in the years to come.
Ravens’ safety Tony Jefferson clearly sounds excited about the selection:
Trust me - Jordan Lasley is a first round talent .. he’s a beast another #steal— Tony Jefferson (@_tonyjefferson) April 28, 2018