In a battle of the best of the best, the bracket will determine who comes out as the No. 1 Raven of all time. Vote now, Round 1 results revealed next Monday July 6th live at 6:30 p.m. in Countdown to Training Camp:
No. 1 seed - Joe Flacco
Since being drafted in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft, Flacco has started every game for the Ravens, leading the team to the playoffs five out of six seasons and and Super Bowl XLVII victory.
- Career stats: 25,531 passing yards, 148 touchdown passes, 60.5 career completion percentage
- Achievements: Super Bowl XLVII MVP, 2008 NFL Rookie of the Year, Ravens all-time leader in passing yards, completions, and touchdowns
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No. 4 seed - Chris McAlister
In ten seasons with the Ravens, McAlister helped lock down the outside for the Baltimore defense, utilizing his physical style of play to thwart opposing receivers.
- Career stats: 26 interceptions, 103 pass deflections, 385 tackles
- Achievements: Three-time Pro Bowl selection, one-time record holder for longest play in NFL history with 107 yard field goal return
Ozzie Newsome is closing out his last NFL Draft as the general manager of the Ravens with a bang.
After trading down twice from the 16th spot to draft TE Hayden Hurst with the 25th overall pick, the Eagles traded their 32nd overall pick to the Ravens where they selected QB Lamar Jackson. In return, the Eagles will receive the Ravens' 2018 2nd-round and 4th-round picks in addition to their 2019 2nd-round pick.
The former Heisman Trophy winner has proven success in the air and on the ground. While at Louisville, Jackson had 9,043 passing yards and 69 touchdowns. He also rushed for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns.
The first-round selection shows the Ravens are planning for the post-Flacco era.
Standing at 6' 2", Jackson's build isn't up to typical NFL QB standards and scouts were concerned with his accuracy. What he does have in his favor is speed. His NFL comparison is to that of Michael Vick.
The pick is in!
With the 25th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Ravens have selected tight end Hayden Hurst.
Hurst, an ex-minor league baseball pitcher, walked on at South Carolina at 21-years old and finished his three-year career with 100 receptions, 1,281 yards and three touchdowns.
Standing at 6' 5", Hurst ran a 4.67 40 yard dash, recorded a 31.5 vertical jump and a 7.19 three cone drill at the combine.
"His fearless play demeanor combined with size, strength and athleticism make him a well-rounded prospect with the versatility to line up all over the field. He's sure-handed and could become a young quarterback's safety blanket if he improves elements of his route running. He should see early snaps and has the ability to become a good combination tight end." according to his draft profile.
While Hurst is starting his career at 25-years old, he will provide tight end support that the Ravens have yet to address in free agency. It also doesn't hurt that QB Joe Flacco has a tendency to favor his tight ends.
Welcome to Ravens Nation, Hurst.