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NCAA Football: Stanford at Southern California Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

2019 NFL Draft: Most improved groups across the league - Gregg Rosenthal

Ravens’ wide receivers: Eric DeCosta entered his first draft as GM knowing he needed wideouts. He found the perfect option for his offense after trading down in the first round, landing Marquise Brown 25th overall, and he grabbed a high-ceiling third-round pick in Notre Dame’s Miles Boykin (No. 93 overall).

In the case of both players, the Ravens found explosive athletes who can get behind the defense and create plays on their own after the catch. Quarterback Lamar Jackson showed a better deep ball in college than he did as an NFL rookie last season, and both of these pickups play to that strength. Throw in fourth-round running back Justice Hill from Oklahoma State (No. 113 overall), and the Ravens added a trio of players who can take it the distance on any play -- just like their quarterback.

2019 NFL Draft grades for all 32 teams - Pro Football Focus


Day 1:

Earning 85.2 and 85.0 overall grades in 2017 and 2018, Oklahoma wideout Marquise Brown is a big play waiting to happen that only fell to No. 25 due to injury. Brown was a threat to take it to the house every time he touched the ball last season – he broke 17 tackles on 77 catches and scored 10 touchdowns in 2018.

“From a team-building perspective, this was the type of receiver that they should have been targeting, that you want in Baltimore… He is going to be tough for opposing defensive backs, very much Desean Jackson-esque in that regard.” – Pro Football Focus’ Lead Draft Analyst Mike Renner

Day 2:

Former Louisiana Tech edge defender Jaylon Ferguson recorded 64 total pressures in 2018, the third-most of any FBS edge defender in this year’s class. He also ranked fifth among qualifiers in pass-rush win percentage at 23.4%. However, his poor athleticism and change of direction limit him in the NFL. He doesn’t win with speed or athleticism, forcing him to rely on bull-rush moves more than he’ll likely get away with at the next level. He finished the pre-draft process as PFF’s No. 143 overall player.

A smart, improving wideout coming out of Notre Dame, Miles Boykin is a freakish athlete with all the potential in the world to be special in the NFL. He blew the doors off the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine and impressed many, including PFF’s Austin Gayle, in interviews. He also has some of the best hands in college football with only three drops on 62 catchable passes this past season.

Day 3:

Texas A&M defensive interior Daylon Mack and Oklahoma guard Ben Powers were two solid additions for the Ravens on Day 3. Mack performed well at the Senior Bowl and turned in a strong 2018 season with Texas A&M in 2018, earning an 80.2 overall grade and an 81.2 run-defense grade across his 491 defensive snaps. Powers earned 87.8 and 88.9 pass-blocking grades with Oklahoma in 2017 and 2018, respectively. He allowed just 21 total pressures across 1,177 pass-blocking snaps in his three-year college career.

USC cornerback Iman Marshall, a favorite of Sam Monson’s in this class, is another solid addition for Baltimore on Day 3. Marshall recorded a 30.2% forced incompletion percentage in 2018, ranking fourth among draft-eligible cornerbacks with at least 25 targets.


Baltimore Ravens’ 2019 draft: Analysis for every pick - Jamison Hensley

Round 4, No. 113 overall: Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma State

My take: The Ravens continue their trend of building a speedy supporting cast around quarterback Lamar Jackson, selecting the fastest running back at the NFL combine. Justice Hill, who ran the 40 in 4.40 seconds, is the type of home run back that coach John Harbaugh wanted heading into the draft. His explosiveness complements the power running styles of Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards. He produced 13 games with 100-plus rushing yards over the last two seasons, tied with Iowa State’s David Montgomery for most in the Big 12. Hill joins wide receivers Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin in a draft where Baltimore has focused on upgrading its offensive skill positions. This marks the first time that the Ravens have ever drafted a player from Oklahoma State.

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After the Ravens drafted Trace McSorley with the 197th pick, NFL Network host Rich Eisen asked coach John Harbaugh if he envisioned the former Penn State QB in a role similar to Taysom Hill’s with the Saints. “That’s exactly right,” Harbaugh said. He continued, saying that McSorley would be a QB for them first, but could be put on the field in different spots on both offense and special teams, as Hill is for the Saints. “I guess we could put three quarterbacks on the field at one time if we wanted to,” Harbaugh said. With Lamar Jackson as the starter and RG3 as his backup, if the Ravens were going to keep a third QB on their roster, they’d want him to be able to contribute in other ways. McSorley was a dual-threat QB for Penn State in his three seasons as a starter, and his speed (he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.57 seconds at the combine) suits him well to contribute in other ways.

2019 NFL Draft: The top 25 prospects who didn’t get drafted, including quite a few quality receivers - Chris Trapasso

4. Antoine Wesley, WR, Texas Tech. A tall, lanky, and fluid without, Wesley was a big-play machine at Texas Tech and demonstrated some of the most natural hands I saw in this draft class.

16. Gerald Willis, DT, Miami. Willis isn’t going to provide much pass rush. He’s a block-destroying run stuffer who can carve out a niche as a professional.

19. Evan Worthington, S, Colorado. Worthington ran slow at the combine but has intriguing size, length, and flashes of insane range from center field on film.

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Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State

In his first year as a starter, Wallace recorded nearly 1,500 yards receiving with 12 touchdowns. He had two games with over 200 yards through the air! He’s smaller at 6-foot-even, 185 pounds, but he can win with speed as well as go up and get the ball with a ton of vertical athleticism.