Given the Ravens’ established track record in the draft, Stevens noted that a mid- to late-round pick carries a lot of weight. It may also provide ammunition for a future draft-day trade.
“Over the last decade, the Ravens have found gold in the fifth round,” Stevens wrote. “They’ve selected tight end Nick Boyle, outside linebacker Matthew Judon, offensive linemen Jermaine Eluemunor, tackle Ricky Wagner, defensive end Arthur Jones, outside linebacker Pernell McPhee and guard John Urschel. All of those players have either been outright starters or have been in competition for starting jobs for Baltimore. Several even earned massive contracts after their rookie deals with the Ravens were over, showing how great Baltimore has been at finding talent there and developing it.
“If the Ravens keep the fifth-round pick they got in exchange for Vedvik, they have a good chance at drafting a major contributor. But Baltimore could package that pick to move up or down the draft and get talent elsewhere.”
Pundits Still Doubtful About Lamar Jackson’s Future
Death, taxes, and questions about Lamar Jackson.
The Athletic’s Sheil Kapadia ranked all 32 starting quarterbacks based on who is best set up for success, and Jackson landed at No. 20 on the list.
Of the five first-round quarterbacks selected in 2018, Jackson ranked only behind Baker Mayfield.
“They’ve gone all in on trying to maximize Jackson’s strengths, which is admirable considering how many coaches just try to force their scheme regardless of personnel,” Kapadia wrote. “The run game should be diverse and efficient with the addition of Mark Ingram and promotion of Greg Roman to offensive coordinator. And the offensive line should be solid once everyone’s healthy. Ravens quarterbacks were hit or sacked on 15.9 percent of their dropbacks last year — fifth fewest. The big question is at receiver. How much of an impact can rookies Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin make in 2019?”