Will the Ravens face Marcus Mariota twice next season, and for years to come as the Browns’ starting quarterback? It could happen, if the Browns use the trade ammunition at their disposal during Thursday night’s draft.
According to ESPN Browns reporter Pat McManamon, the Browns have discussed trading their two first-round picks (No. 12 and No. 19) to the Titans, in exchange for the No. 2 pick held by Tennessee. With that No. 2 pick, the Browns would then draft Mariota, assuming the Buccaneers do the expected and take quarterback Jameis Winston with the No. 1 pick.
The Browns took quarterback Johnny Manziel in the first round last year, but Manziel had a disappointing season and checked into a treatment center after the season. Manziel has since joined the Browns in their offseason program. However, counting on Manziel to be the Browns’ franchise quarterback seems risky at best. Perhaps the Browns feel rolling the dice and getting Mariota, the Heisman Trophy winner from Oregon, would finally solve their long-standing quarterback issues.
Mariota could be coveted by many teams in this draft, like the Jets, who also have quarterback issues, and the Eagles, who are coached by Mariota’s former college coach Chip Kelly. The Browns need better quarterback play to compete with the Ravens, Steelers, and Bengals in the AFC North. But is getting Mariota worth giving up two first-round picks? Apparently, the Browns are considering it.
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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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