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Smith surgery set for next week, no word on future plans

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Smith surgery set for next week, no word on future plans

OWINGS MILLS – Steve Smith will have Achilles surgery next week, according to Ravens coach John Harbaugh. As for Smith’s plans for his NFL future, Harbaugh had no update at his Monday press conference.

 “He didn’t express any decisions to me one way or the other, and I think it’s probably too emotional of a time right now to make any decision like that,” Harbaugh said. “He’ll make those decisions in due time.”

 Asked if he would try to persuade Smith not to retire, Harbaugh said, “I’ll respect it (Smith’s decision).

 However, the Ravens clearly want Smith to play again next season.

 “Absolutely,” Harbaugh said. “He’s a great player. It’s really up to him.”

 In other news from Monday:

  • Harbaugh was not concerned about being out of touch with injured linebacker Terrell Suggs since his season-ending Achilles injury.

Harbaugh also believes Suggs will return in 2016.

“I’ve texted him a little bit, probably two or three times,” Harbaugh said. “He’s not the kind of guy that you have a lot of communication with. If you know Terrell, that’s not how he operates. That’s kind of between him and (general manager) Ozzie (Newsome) right now, as far as where the rehab’s at and what he’s doing. I trust him, and I trust he’s doing everything he has to do to get himself back.”

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Harbaugh has the impression Suggs does not want to retire.

“I talked to him right after it happened and he told me, ‘This is another challenge for me to overcome, something along those lines,”’ Harbaugh said. “So I felt very good about it at that time.”

  •  Harbaugh did not have an update on center Jeremy Zuttah’s shoulder injury, but the coach felt left tackle Eugene Monroe (shoulder) would be back for the Ravens’ next game, Nov. 15 against the Jaguars.

 “I talked to Eugene, he felt very confident he would be back,” Harbaugh said.

  •  Defensive end Brent Urban, who suffered a torn biceps in training camp, should be back in action soon.

 “I anticipate that as soon as he’s able to practice he will practice, because he’s healthy,” Harbaugh said. “Not 100 percent healthy, but he’s right there, and he’s really excited to get going.”

  •   Harbaugh said safety Matt Elam self-reported the incident that led to his recent one-game suspension by the NFL, and that the transgression took place more than a year ago.

“That was a situation that he got involved in down in there in Florida,” Harbaugh said. “He brought that to the league’s attention. This was the result of him doing that. But I give him credit for stepping up.”

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Baltimore Ravens select QB Lamar Jackson with the 32nd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft

Baltimore Ravens select QB Lamar Jackson with the 32nd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft

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. 

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Baltimore Ravens select Hayden Hurst with the 25th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft

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Baltimore Ravens select Hayden Hurst with the 25th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft

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.