We’re finally closing in on the draft, after talking about it for weeks. The Ravens are stocked with 10 picks, so in the coming days, I’ll examine 10 important questions for them leading up to the draft
Here’s question No. 7
Will the Ravens draft edge rusher Randy Gregory if he’s available at No. 26
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti thinks a pass rusher is one of the team’s biggest needs. The Ravens lost Pernell McPhee and his 7½ sacks last season to the Bears during free agency. The Ravens’ top two pass rushers, Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs, or both on the plus side of 30 years old.
Gregory was one of the country’s top pass rushers at Nebraska, but his stock has fallen since failing a drug test at the combine. Gregory said he tested positive for marijuana. Now there’s talk Gregory could go almost anywhere from No. 10 to No. 32.
“What I think it really becomes, it’s an organizational call,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said during a Thursday conference call. “You’ve got top 10 talent. And if you’re going to pull the string with him at 16 or 32 or 48, because of the well known off-the-field issues, you’ve got to get ownership to buy in and you’ve to get ownership buy in and you’ve got to have coaching staff that understands what they’re going to have to do to provide an infrastructure to help this kid succeed.”
Do the Ravens pick Gregory, a talented player at a position of need, but risk more off-the-field problems? If Gregory is still on the board at No. 26, it’s going to be an interesting call.
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The Ravens finally addressed their void at the wide receiver position Thursday night, selecting Oklahoma's Marquise 'Hollywood' Brown with the 25th pick, after moving back three selections following a trade with Philadelphia.
After a stellar year as the top receiving option for Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, Brown was pegged by many as the top wideout in this year’s draft. Now, Brown will be catching passes from another Heisman Trophy winner in Lamar Jackson.
The Ravens acquired the 25th selection (Brown) as well as the 127th pick (4th round) and 197th (sixth round) in the swap with Philadelphia, who selected Washington State tackle Andre Dillard at No. 22.
To say that the draft choice was well-received in Charm City would be an understatement.
Brown, the cousin of Raiders' receiver Antonio Brown, was one of just two deep threats selected in the first round of this year's draft.
For a Baltimore squad lacking depth outside, Brown will fit in quite nicely. In 13 contests for the Sooners in 2018, Hollywood reeled in 75 receptions for 1318 receiving yards and ten scores.
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The NFL Draft is highly anticipated among hundreds of NFL hopefuls anxiously waiting to hear their names called. This year, in particular, the 2019 NFL Draft will be extra special for 13-year-old Baltimore Ravens super fan Mo Gaba.
Gaba, who is blind, will be the first person in history to announce an NFL draft pick off of a card written in Braille. On Saturday, the 13-year-old will call out the Ravens’ fourth-round pick and No.123 overall.
Gaba lost his sight when he was nine months old and is battling cancer for the third time.
On Wednesday, while Gaba was calling a local radio show 98 Rock, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh dialed in on the call and surprised Gaba with an invitation to announce the pick.
“What? Really? I’ve never done that before,” Gaba said with a big smile on his face. “I would like to do that yeah.”
Harbaugh also told the 13-year-old that the Ravens will send a car to pick him and his mother up and that they’d be sure to grant him with red-carpet treatment.
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