As the Ravens set out during this weekend’s NFL draft to give Jackson weapons, their methodology on offense became clear over six rounds and eight selections: They were not just trying to build the team around Jackson. They were trying to build something like a track team for him, too.
Ravens first-round pick Marquise Brown has always faced doubts because of his size. But his rare determination and scintillating speed pushed him past those questions to the top of the 2019 receiver class and a vital place in the future story of the Lamar Jackson-led Ravens.
General manager Eric DeCosta made a bold move by picking Oklahoma wide receiver Marquise Brown in the first round, but with top defensive prospects still available and questions about Brown's size and fit in the Ravens offense, the selection raises some concerns.
For the first time in Ravens history, Ozzie Newsome won't run the team's draft room this year. But his picks have been essential to the team's identity, and his counsel will continue to inform the moves of current general manager Eric DeCosta.
With the loss of C.J. Mosley, Terrell Suggs and others, the Ravens will have to rebuild their defense in a hurry and Baltimore will have to brace for a serious star-power shortage from both of its major professional teams.
“I think Nick is a huge piece of our offense going forward from the standpoint of how he plays," coach John Harbaugh said of tight end Nick Boyle, who the Ravens signed to a three-year extension Thursday.
Shortly after the Ravens lost to the Los Angeles Chargers in the AFC wild-card round, head coach John Harbaugh gave Joe Flacco the ultimate compliment when he called him the best quarterback in Ravens history.