Since the franchise’s existence, the saying “In Ozzie we trust!” has been coined to describe the fans’ collective sense of enthrallment when referring to the savvy drafting skills of now previous Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome. Newsome served as GM of the team until the end of last season when he announced he would be stepping down from the position in February. So for many fans, along with myself, the 2019 NFL Draft presented the dawn of a new era. The baton was handed to new GM Eric DeCosta this Spring, and the results did not disappoint.
Though there was a new GM in office, that didn’t stop Baltimore from picking their third player from Oklahoma in two drafts by selecting Marquise Brown with the 26th overall selection. Not only did Baltimore get a much-needed influx of playmaking and speed, but they also traded three spots back and received an extra fourth and sixth round pick for it.
Missing their second-round pick from last year due to the Lamar Jackson selection, Baltimore used two third-round picks on Jaylon Ferguson and Myles Boykin. Ferguson, a decorated C-USA edge rusher fills a hole that was left gaping when Za’Darius Smith signed with the Green Bay Packers. Baltimore traded up to get Boykin from Notre Dame at pick No. 97.
Boykin intrigues me as I believe that he could have the most upside of any wideout in the draft. Boykin stands 6’4 and weighing in at a hefty 220, you wouldn’t believe the wheels on this guy. At the combine, Boykin ran a 4.42 40-yard dash, which is a shocking number and one of the biggest reasons I am such a fan of his potential.
In the fourth round, the Ravens snagged Justice Hill, a shifty tailback from Oklahoma State, offensive guard Ben Powers who is yet another Oklahoma prospect, and cornerback Iman Marshall from USC. Hill and Marshall were both good selections, but immediate impact is still a question mark for now, as the current depth chart would have both of them buried behind proven starters. Powers, however, presents a prospect who could see serious playing time in his first season. Though the chart is littered with young lineman prospects, the door is wide open for Powers to excel.
I haven’t watched the full tape on Mack yet, but he seems to be a solid selection for day three. The large-framed defensive tackle proved to be a stalwart at Texas A&M and I look forward to seeing him in camp
One of the most exciting selection came all the way in the sixth round when DeCosta selected QB Trace McSorley from Penn State. It seems that Baltimore yet again will look to carry three quarterbacks on their roster, but this time all under the same mold.
Baltimore might not have the most put-together roster, but they seem to have found an identity: speed.