Catch 22

NFL Draft Catch 22

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There are several meanings behind the title above but Eric DeCosta (“EDC”) has the opportunity to finally get this WR thing figured out.

And I believe he will.

It’s that time of the year where everybody has their mock draft finalized or they’ve determined that one player they just know is going to be selected by their favorite team in the first round. I fall into the latter category. Once you get past the first round I just don’t see how anyone can predict something so convoluted as the seven round NFL Draft. If someone in fact pulls this off they need to quit their day job and move to Vegas. With that being said here’s my first round Ravens prediction, N’ Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State.

Over the course of the past two months I researched the WR position looking for that guy I think would be the ideal selection, and N’Keal Harry is that guy.

I’ll spare you the details but I used a combination of the following throughout my amateur research protocol: highlights, individual game tape, news articles and approximately five thousand mock drafts. I focused on what seems like the consensus top six wide outs in this year’s draft, DK Metcalf, AJ Brown, Marquise Brown, Hakeem Butler, Paris Campbell and last but not least N’ Keal Harry. Each of the aforementioned has a particular trait or skill that separates them from one another, whether it’s speed, wingspan, hands or route running. They each seem to have one attributable item that has placed them in the upper tier of the 2019 draft class.

All except one…

N’Keal Harry.

NKH, in my eyes, appears to have a little bit of everything going for him and just seems to be the most complete wide receiver, so much so that he reminds me of a former Raven (and complete WR) we all have truly missed since his unceremonious exit, Anquan Boldin. Tough, physical, great hands, goes up and gets it, all things used to describe Anquan Boldin. Well, that’s exactly how I would describe Harry and why I truly believe he’s our guy at twenty-two.

There’s a popular opinion making the rounds that the Ravens will trade back to acquire picks. While I completely understand it, I just don’t think it will come to fruition. From everything I’ve read the local and national media have described this to be a relatively deep draft class with the “meat” being in the second and third rounds. That would make finding a trade partner, one that’s willing to give up close to what the Ravens would want to trade back, a difficult task to accomplish. Simply because Josh Jacobs is the best RB in this year’s draft doesn’t necessarily equate to a team willing to trade up to acquire him. And he’s the only player hovering around pick #22 that would solicit a trade up.

This is it Baltimore! We get our guy and EDC will ride off into the sunset after accomplishing something the Wizard of Oz couldn’t.

And to my Twitter brethren, because I feel so strongly that Harry will ball out this year, I want to be the first to start a hashtag in his name:

#HarryBalls

Go Ravens!!!

P.S. I’m not quitting my day job as this writing thing isn’t as easy as you may think. If you ever want to humble yourself and gain even more of an appreciation for the writers at RSR, try writing one of these pieces. 😊

 

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