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Ravens 2019 Draft: Instant Reactions to Marquise “Hollywood” Brown

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The Beatdown staff weighs in on Baltimore’s first round selection

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With the 25th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens have selected Oklahoma wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown.

Baltimore Beatdown’s Instant Reactions:

‘Hollywood’ instantly adds a vertical threat that will unlock the Ravens offense. Perhaps the best playmaker in this draft class, Brown will bring elite run after the catch ability to Baltimore. He has some size and durability concerns, yet his upside is immense. Eric DeCosta’s first pick as general manager fills the most pressing need on the roster with the top wideout in the class. - Vasilis Lericos

Eric DeCosta chose to trade back with his old buddy Eagles GM Howie Roseman for the second consecutive year in the first round. At pick 25, Hollywood Brown gives the Ravens their one missing link in the receiver room. He can beat the press and take the top off the defense, and no other current receiver on the roster can do either of those consistently. Brown can be compared to a young Desean Jackson. Coming off an injury, hopefully he’s ready to go sooner rather than later. Brown is from the same area as Lamar Jackson, which should help them build great chemistry. - Spencer Schultz

The track team is coming together. Brown is a home run hitter with comparisons to Desean Jackson and should in fit well with Lamar Jackson. A trade back into this scenario was ideal, and I have to say I’m very impressed with Eric DeCosta’s initial first round as the Ravens GM. - Jake Louque

Marquise Brown wouldn’t have been my first choice at wideout, but he’ll definitely bring much needed speed and big play ability to the Ravens offense. Brown can consistently beat press coverage and separate from defenders, which can’t be said for almost all receivers on the roster currently. He’s also an underrated route-runner. Overall, solid value after trading back three spots to address a glaring need at wide receiver. - Frank J. Platko

Eric DeCosta looks to change the Ravens history of drafting poor receivers. With no true WR1 on the team, Marquise Brown has the opportunity to make a splash out the gate and help Lamar Jackson in his sophomore campaign. Grabbing arguably the draft’s best receiver at 25 is a huge value, given it is the latest the position has come off the board in NFL history. -Sage Morander

Brown is a high risk, high reward pick. With blazing 4.3 speed and an elite run-after-the-catch ability, “Hollywood” is a legit game-breaking threat who could take it to the house on any given play. The biggest concern for Brown is his size (166 pounds) and recent Lisfranc injury. DeCosta chose to supply his young quarterback Lamar Jackson with a potentially dangerous weapon, and Ravens fans should be happy about that. - Dustin Cox

Selecting a wide receiver or offensive lineman in the first round was the ideal move. DeCosta also mentioned they traded down with the hopes of Brown still being on the board at 25. While they liked him enough at 22, the Ravens brilliantly acquired extra picks while still getting their guy in the process. As for Brown, I’m excited to see Hollywood break the curse of receivers not panning out in Baltimore. His speed, hands and playmaking ability should be exciting to watch for years to come. - Kyle Barber