The Ravens have long been criticized for lacking playmakers but with the selection of Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, they’ve landed one. Brown will command attention in the secondary and his skill set has been compared to that of DeSean Jackson and Tyreek Hill. The defensive commitment to control Brown will allow the Ravens other offensive weapons to find opportunities for success.
Some wanted a bigger receiver for the Ravens, one with a wide catch radius who can win contested catches – presumably to stem Lamar Jackson’s accuracy issues. And the Ravens still might draft such a receiver to pair with Brown. The best receiving corps include players with complementary skills to exploit opponents’ weaknesses and address specific down and distance challenges. You don’t want a corps with identical physical traits.
Now, it’s time to do it again. pic.twitter.com/fqXr9YNMAd
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) April 26, 2019
A couple of highly-rated players fell to the Ravens at No. 22 and then later at No. 25 following the trade with the Eagles, namely Montez Sweat and Jawaan Taylor. I’ve heard that the Ravens were completely out on Sweat. Not only were there medical questions (heart condition), but character issues also had the Ravens bearish on the Mississippi State edge rusher. As for Taylor, word is the Ravens liked the Florida offensive tackle, but they weren’t confident in his ability to transition to guard.
In 2018 the Kansas City Chiefs dumped Kareem Hunt due to issues stemming from domestic violence. In 2019, it will likely be Tyreek Hill’s turn. Listen to the audio below.
Here’s the audio from the #Chiefs Tyreek Hill tape.
“You need to be terrified of me too, b*tch.”pic.twitter.com/hnU5xsT0Re
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) April 25, 2019
If this audio is authentic, Hill should be jettisoned immediately. And if the rest of the league has a moral backbone at all, every team should stay away and avoid the temptation of Hill’s physical abilities. Giving players with a pattern of violence second and third chances because they have talent has got to stop. The shield should stand for something more than winning and profitability.
A Sneak Attack
When the Titans made Mississippi State DT Jeffrey Simmons the 19th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, ESPN (led by Trey Wingo) was waiting. They ambushed the pick, immediately painting a sordid picture of Simmons’ character by featuring a three-year old video of him in high school violently defending a family member.
Simmons was wrong. Way wrong. He owned the mistake. He’s worked towards redemption ever since – exactly what you’d like to see from a mistaken young man. But ESPN was in full attack mode, hammering home the incident while barely crediting Simmons as a reformed man, offering little in the way of highlights to explain why the Titans made the pick to begin with.
I wanted to jump over to NFL Network just to see if they handled the selection differently but my attention was firmly in the grips of Wingo’s relentless piling on. Sometimes I can’t believe that ESPN is home to a terrific series like 30 for 30 yet too often dishes out Jerry Springer-like sports “journalism”.
Many mocks had the Cincinnati Bengals positioned to make Michigan’s Devin Bush the 11th overall pick. It made sense, particularly since they jettisoned troubled ILB Vontaze Burfict. Apparently the Steelers were paying attention to the mocks.
GM Kevin Colbert orchestrated a trade with the Broncos who had the 10th overall pick. To get the pick, the Steelers gave up their 2019 1st (20) and 2nd (52) round picks and a 2020 3rd-round pick. Something that CBS “Insider” Jason LaCanfora didn’t see coming…
Steelers do not believe a trade up for Devin Bush is viable. Would be very surprised to see that materialize. They could have their pick of any CB at 20. My hunch is they’d go Deandre Baker in that circumstance
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 25, 2019
Maybe now that Bush will soon collect millions in the form of a signing bonus, he can avoid Janet Jackson yard sales for his stepping out attire.
By the way, how is LaCanfora an “insider”?
WR Hollywood Brown will receive a 4-year deal worth ~$11.787M, which will include a ~$6.593M Signing Bonus. His 2019 Cap number will be ~$2.143M.
— Brian McFarland (@RavensSalaryCap) April 26, 2019
Round 3: 85, 102
Round 4: 113, 123, 127
Round 5: 160
Round 6: 191, 193, 197
— Tony Lombardi (@RSRLombardi) April 26, 2019
Now with Brown in tow, the #Ravens are building a sneaky group of pass-catching weapons, led by their top TEs from last season, Hurst and Andrews. Brown provides a lot of mix-and-match versatility. He’ll be used in a variety of ways & adds another interchangeable part for Roman.
— Dev Panchwagh (@devpanchwagh) April 26, 2019
Day 2 and 3
A few players I like for the Ravens on days 2 and 3 (in no particular order) of the 2019 NFL Draft.
• Lamont Gaillard, C, Georgia
• Connor McGovern, G, Penn State
• Hjalte Froholdt, G, Arkansas
• Chase Winovich, Edge, Michigan
• Jachai Polite, Edge, Florida
• Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
• Ben Burr-Kirven, LB, Washington
• Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
• Kerrith Whyte, RB, Florida Atlantic
• JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford
• Miles Boykin, WR, Notre Dame
How about you?