Measurables: 6-3, 250 pounds
2017 statistics: 44 catches, 559 receiving yards, two touchdown catches
Why they might pick him: A pass-catching tight end is perhaps the Ravens’ biggest need and Hurst is considered the best player at his position in the draft. Hurst is also a solid blocker, which sets him apart from many of the draft’s other top tight ends. He also has very good hands, dropping only one pass in his college career.
Why they might not: Most evaluators consider Hurst to be late first-round talent and the Ravens typically don’t overdraft based on need. He’d likely become more of a target if they traded back in the first round. Hurst, a former minor league baseball player, is old for an NFL draft pick. The tight end class is reasonably deep in terms of pass catchers, so the Ravens could fill the need later in the draft.
What they’re saying: “I’m going to keep saying it, this guy is the best tight end in the draft even though he’s [soon turning] 25 years old and people say, ‘Well, he’s a little bit older.’ There’s been a lot of 30-plus year old tight ends that have played a long time in the NFL, who are still playing at a high level.” — ESPN front-office insider Louis Riddick.