Ravens considered taking Lamar Jackson at No. 16

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The last draft of Ravens G.M. Ozzie Newsome included two trades down in round one and a trade back into the first round to get a quarterback. Making the moves more impressive is the fact that the team initially considered taking Lamar Jackson with the 16th overall pick.

Per multiple sources, there was a movement in the Baltimore draft room to take Lamar Jackson with the 16th overall pick.

Instead, the Ravens initially traded down from No. 16 to No. 22 with the Bills, picking up a third-round pick (No. 65) and also giving up a fifth-rounder (No. 154). Then the Ravens went back three more spots in a deal with the Titans, getting a fourth-round pick (No. 125) and throwing in a sixth-rounder (No. 215).

The Ravens then picked tight end Hayden Hurst (not Jackson) at No. 25, before leaping back to No. 32 in order to get Jackson. To get Jackson, the Ravens gave up their second-rounder (No. 52), a 2019 second-round pick, and a seven-spot flip-flop of fourth-rounder picks in 2018. They also had to sweat out the possibility of another team taking Jackson — including the Patriots not once but twice.

So the Ravens turned their first-round pick in 2018, their second-round selections in 2018 and 2019, and a seven-spot slide in round four into Hurst and Jackson, along with turning a fifth-round pick into a third-round pick, a sixth-round pick into a fourth-round pick.

In the end, that’s a better net haul than simply taking Jackson at No. 16. And it’s a great way for Newsome to put the icing on a career that would earn him a spot in the Hall of Fame if he hadn’t already gotten there as a player. That icing will be a lot sweeter if Jackson becomes the kind of player for the Ravens that he was in college.

30 responses to “Ravens considered taking Lamar Jackson at No. 16

  1. I like Lamar Jackson, but Ozzie Newsome sure is putting some spin on this one. If he was so high on Jackson, an electrifying playmaker in a spot where other teams were supposedly looking at him too, then he would/should have taken him at #16 rather than risk losing him by continually sliding down. Everyone and their mother was mashing the “over” in Vegas of 4.5 QBs taken in the 1st.

    I think there’s a solid chance they strike gold with this kid, but to suggest Newsome was brilliant and crafty, rather than plain lucky, is a stretch given the risk involved.

  2. The only victor in the deal making is the guy who ends up with the better long term players. The Rams seemingly robbed the Skins on the RG3 Deals, but in the end, no one got anyone. The Browns seemingly robbed the Eagles 2 years ago, but the Birds got Wentz.

  3. Ozzie can make up for the flacco extension if Jackson works out.

    I also don’t think flacco survives this year as a starter. With RG3 and lamar Jackson just seems offense will move to more rpo, and if he turns in performances like last year, it won’t take long fo the crowd to chant for Jackson.

  4. If they thought about taking him at 16 we are supposed to believe that they then turned that down several times by moving back, and then took the tight end when they finally did pick? This is like john lynch trying to sound smart when he said he would have taken Rueben foster earlier last year.

  5. Ozzie can make up for the flacco extension if Jackson works out.
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    Make up for what? Yeah Flacco has been incredibly underwhelming to say the least, but what other choice did he have at the time? To let the 1st rd pick QB who just delivered one of the most epic postseason performances of all time walk out the door? Come on. Flacco’s play in recent years wasn’t an Ozzie problem. It’s 100% a Flacco problem.

  6. You guys are making way too much out of the draft thought process. Every pick in the draft includes the consideration of making a pick other than the one chosen. It usually just means that they thought about it and decided to do otherwise.

  7. halfcentaur says:
    April 29, 2018 at 3:04 pm
    Ozzie can make up for the flacco extension if Jackson works out.
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    Make up for what? Yeah Flacco has been incredibly underwhelming to say the least, but what other choice did he have at the time?

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    The argument is that the Ravens should’ve closed the deal with Flacco and his agent when they were in negotiations a year earlier. Instead, Ravens went on to win the SB and Flacco’s agent has leverage to increase his ask substantially.

  8. I’ve seen chicks 6’2 with broader shoulders than Jackson. He is going to get broken in half.

  9. brothawils says:
    April 29, 2018 at 3:02 pm
    This guy has BUST written all over him. Thin frame and innaccurate.

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    you forgot, set tobe injury prone and really dumb. 13 on the wonderlic.

    yikes

    he is a bigger mike vick

  10. I don’t think people understand what Jackson did in college. This guy ran for over 4000 yards and had 50 TDs in 3 years. As a QB he threw for 69 TDs and had a 142 QB rating. He only plays 3 years. His father died when was 8 years old. Jackson is the cleanest QB in this draft, has the most character, AND has the biggest upside.

    Jackson didn’t do this playing with anywhere near the talent that Mayfield had at Oklahoma or Darnold had at USC

  11. The nfl draft for all the research and anal-lyrics is a crap shoot with luck the biggest factor. Nobody can evaluate a players desire or future injuries. The beauty of those picks for the ravens is that they took a team need with a high floor in Hurst and a future need with a high ceiling. At the end of the draft the team had 12 drafted players from their original 8 picks. Regardless of team allegiance congrats to the wizard of oz.

  12. halfcentaur says:
    April 29, 2018 at 3:04 pm
    Ozzie can make up for the flacco extension if Jackson works out.
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    Make up for what? Yeah Flacco has been incredibly underwhelming to say the least, but what other choice did he have at the time? To let the 1st rd pick QB who just delivered one of the most epic postseason performances of all time walk out the door? Come on. Flacco’s play in recent years wasn’t an Ozzie problem. It’s 100% a Flacco problem.

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    disagree. cap hell

    you have been in it since 2014

    20 mil per for a mediocre qb who was protected by two HoF defenders along with a myth of ozzie newsome being some great gm, clouded the reality.

    any good draft pick you had, you lost when their deal came time….budgeting properly and salary allocation is arguably the most important thing for a gm next to drafting and development.

    I am sorry you have not figured this out yet.

  13. Flacco’s cap numbers have been quite measly until 2017 and he’s carried the defense since 2009. He’s sucked a ton but has also won quite a bit. I’m glad we got Jackson even though I prefer pocket passers. Someone will give Baltimore a 1st rounder for Flacco if he doesn’t retire.

  14. This kid seems extremely nice and likeable but listening to his interviews makes me believe he won’t ever be a starring QB except for emergency injury situations. Good luck to you LJ.

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    LOL… sweating out the Patriots taking Jackson…
    even though NO ONE actually thought the Pats were going to take a QB before fixing their defense
    and absolutely NO ONE thought the pats would want jackson.
    just stop.

  16. Really good chance Jackson would have been available mid-2nd round… Ravens overpaid…
    Not Jackson’s fault.. He benefits $$$!

  17. Wonderlic Shumderlic, LJ has all the tools and the STATS to prove it. Take notice, there’s a new QB in town and his name is ACTIONJACKSON!

  18. Really good chance Jackson would have been available mid-2nd round… Ravens overpaid…
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    IF Jackson is legit in the NFL grabbing him with pick 32 was a really smart move.
    The first Round means a 5th year rookie contract option- a hug cap savings for the team.
    You dont get that by waiting until the second to draft a guy.

  19. For all you people doubting Lamar, go to YouTube and look for his highlight reel from last year, and the year before. Dude puts up big numbers passing and rushing. He can ball!

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