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After 3 1st-round swaps, Ravens get AB Jackson and TE Hurst

29 April 2018, 01:29 | Tracey Rhodes

After 3 1st-round swaps, Ravens get AB Jackson and TE Hurst

Anthony Averett

He picked the first second-generation Ravens player in Oklahoma tackle Orlando Brown Jr.

Despite throwing for 9,043 yards and 69 touchdowns and running for another 4,132 yards and 50 scores at Louisville, Jackson's pre-draft process was dominated by talk that he was too small and slight to succeed at quarterback in the National Football League and should switch to receiver, with some teams reportedly asking him to work out at that position.

Notes: Southern Regional High School grad Mike Gesicki, a tight end out of Penn State, was not drafted in the first round, but will is expected to be selected in Friday's second round.

With the final pick of the first round, Baltimore traded with Philadelphia back into the first round and took the fifth quarterback and second Heisman Trophy victor of the first round. Since Andrews is not really a blocker, he is essentially a glorified bigger receiver as the Ravens can use two tight end sets.

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"The big thing is that he's a quarterback", Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of Jackson in a news conference after the first round.

"It was masterful the way it happened in the draft room tonight", beamed Newsome, who is heading the Ravens draft for the last time.

In February, owner Steve Bisciotti announced Newsome would be stepping down as general manager and assistant general manager Eric DeCosta would take his place at the end of the 2018 season.

Lamar Jackson made his lofty goal known immediately after being taken in the 2018 NFL Draft: He's winning a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens. Although he spent the majority of his UCLA career in the middle, the senior from Louisiana projects more as a will linebacker in the NFL. Averett's former teammate, Marlon Humphrey, was the Ravens first draft pick in 2017.

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So by reaching on the linemen, teams let other highly rated prospects slip down the board, giving the Ravens more options and the comfort to know they could trade back and still get a player they valued.

This also brings up an additional benefit to moving up into the 1st round as opposed to the early 2nd to get Jackson.

"We have a great quarterback in Joe Flacco". The Ravens have missed the playoffs for three straight seasons, they have dealt with the fallout from a national anthem protest that angered many fans, and they have failed to generate much buzz with a roster devoid of dynamic playmakers.

Yes, at the end of a long day, the Eagles ultimately capitalized on the fall of one of the draft's elite quarterbacks.

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