OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Making three trades during the first round of the NFL draft evidently wasn’t enough action for Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, who extended the swap-fest into Day 2.
After going through the second round Friday night without a pick, Newsome moved back twice during the third round before finally settling on offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. of Oklahoma with the 83rd overall selection and Oklahoma tight end Mark Andrews at No. 86.
Brown is the son of the late Orlando “Zeus’ Brown, who spent part of his 11-year NFL career as a tackle with the Ravens. The younger Brown fills a pressing need, because the Ravens failed to exercise the option of right tackle Austin Howard.
Baltimore took tight end Hayden Hurst with its first pick, and now it appears as the two rookies will compete against each other for playing time at training camp.
The pick used on Brown was one that Baltimore had entering the draft. The one for Andrews — Oklahoma’s career leader in receiving yards by a tight end — came in a trade with Kansas City.
As a result of his dealings, Newsome has set himself up for a very busy day Saturday, the final day in which he will be the leader in Baltimore’s draft room.
The Ravens have three picks in the fourth round, one in the fifth, two in the sixth round and one seventh-round selection.
Newsome’s first trade of the night was No. 65 to Oakland for Nos. 75 (third round), 152 (fifth) and 212 (sixth).
He then dished off that No. 75 to Kansas City for 86 and 122. The reason the Ravens entered the night with a second-round pick is because Newsome traded it to Philadelphia in the deal that enabled the Ravens to snag Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson with the 32nd overall pick.
Jackson was joined by Hurst for a session with the local media Friday.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh emphatically reminded everyone Thursday night that Joe Flacco is the team’s starting quarterback, and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg echoed that assertion on Friday.
“Joe’s the quarterback of this football team. Lamar is going to develop,” Mornhinweg said.
Though Jackson won a Heisman Trophy in 2016, from his point of view that’s not as significant the Super Bowl MVP trophy that Flacco owns.
“If you win the Super Bowl, you’re the G.O.A.T. to me,” Jackson said. “So I’m going to try to learn as much as I can from Joe Flacco.”
Experience counts in the NFL, but versatility in the pocket counts for something, too. Flacco has run for 17 touchdowns in his 10-year career (including playoffs). Jackson ran for 50 in his three years with the Cardinals.
“I can make any throw on the field,” Jackson said, “but I can bring something else to the table, and that’s dynamic running ability.”
Hurst, the 25th overall pick, was taken after Newsome twice traded back in the first round.
Given that Hurst was taken in the 17th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012, he had no complaints about watching 24 picks go before him.
“I sat around waiting for my name to be called,” he said, “but I couldn’t be more excited to be part of this organization. Being in the same uniform as Ed Reed and Ray Lewis is extremely humbling.”
Newsome will be stepping down after this season. Assistant GM Eric DeCosta will take over in 2019.
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