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Ravens 2019 draft: Why the Ravens picked Marquise “Hollywood” Brown

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Speed, Speed, Speed

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The Baltimore Ravens went to Hollywood on Thursday night and no star was shining brighter than Marquise Brown.

The Oklahoma speedster gives the Ravens their missing link in the receiver room. Willie Snead and Seth Roberts will be manning the slot and taking underneath routes. Chris Moore is likely to run underneath and intermediate routes. Tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews will be lining up all over the field.

The Ravens figure to face a ton of press on the outside. Defenses will dare Lamar to beat them with his arm. Hollywood Brown excels at beating the press, which will make defenses pay for leaving him in one on one situations. He can beat you from any position, whether its the slot, the flanker, or the weak side on the line of scrimmage. DeCosta chose to take the best route runner in this year’s draft, as opposed to the big, strong, fast guy who wins with athleticism. His savvy should pay off early, as he can run every route in the book.

Marquise can score from anywhere on the field. He excels taking screens, crosses and slants the distance. His short area speed and quickness is reminiscent of T.Y. Hilton. His long speed draws comparisons to DeSean Jackson.

So if defenses give Brown a cushion because his long speed scares them, he can take screens or slants to the house. He can score at any time. A missing element from the Ravens offense over the past few years.

Then, once Brown shows his long speed and shows his ability to run underneath to pick up first downs, he’s setting up nasty double-moves. Brown is fluid in and out of breaks. Corners are unable to tell which direction he’s going, then his blue-chip speed can blow by them the moment they are flat footed.

Brown’s biggest criticism is his catch radius and durability. The Ravens are typically tedious in their medical research. They elected to pass on Montez Sweat, who the Redskins traded up for one pick after the Ravens, most likely because of a heart condition. Brown is slight, but avoids big hits well, protecting his frame. He isn’t too much smaller than his cousin, Antonio Brown,or DeSean Jackson. Brown also has an underrated catch radius.

Hollywood gets his nickname because of his hometown - Hollywood, Florida. Hollywood is a mere 40 miles from Boynton Beach, where Lamar Jackson grew up. I expect these two Broward county products to click from day one.

Hollywood worked his tail off to become one of the NCAA’s leading receivers over the past two years, posting ten 100-yard performances, including a standout 243-yard game against a top-10 ranked West Virginia team. As long as Hollywood’s foot heals up well, I expect him to make an immediate impact.

Marquise has an extremely high “floor” because he already does everything NFL receivers are expected to do. He beats the press, breaks his routes off cleanly, tracks the ball well and varies his route speed. His elite short area speed will prevent defenses from stacking the box to shut down Greg Roman’s rushing attack.

Eric DeCosta took a swing for the fences with his first pick at receiver, I can’t wait to see how it pays off.

Hollywood’s rookie prediction:

Brown beats up on his cousin’s nemesis, the Pittsburgh Steelers, totaling over 150 yards between their two contests. Brown won’t be the Ravens primary punt returner, but has one game changing return.

53 catches, 810 yards and four touchdowns (three of 50-plus)

Welcome to Baltimore, Hollywood, we can’t wait to have you!