The Baltimore Ravens selected Hayden Hurst with the 25th pick after trading back twice:
The Baltimore Ravens plan all along is pretty clear. They wanted to fill their biggest need by getting a tight end. That being said they wanted to make a value pick. The Baltimore Ravens got in range for a tight end to make sense and they took Hayden Hurst. Not only did the Ravens take care of their biggest need, they got an extra third round pick and got a good fourth round selection.
Hayden Hurst is going to be a play-maker. Hurst is a player who can line up all over the field and he can make impressive catches down the field. Hurst has good quickness and good size. He is a big framed target that has Joe Flacco favorite all over it. Hurst is in line with the Ravens kind of tight end. He looks like the kind of target that Flacco will lean on in the middle of the field.
A pick that has upside:
I have been hyping up Dallas Goedert. I thought he was the best tight end in this draft class and therefore this is a bit of a reach. My main takeaway here is that this is the first piece of the puzzle and it’s not a bad one. Hurst is going to be a productive player and 25 the reach isn’t unforgivable. Hurst is a very good player. If the Ravens took him in the second round nobody would complain. The Ravens loved the player and they took him late in the first.
I wouldn’t get too upset about this pick. Hurst was a productive receiving threat in a South Carolina offense that wasn’t a great passing attack. Hurst has some impressive highlights in his career. The thing that you have to remember is that Hurst is versatile. The Ravens needed play-makers at the tight end position.
The Ravens could not have gotten Hurst at 52. If the Ravens felt like Hurst was the best fit for them, it’s hard to argue with it. In the process of drafting Hurst they added some extra draft capitol. If the Ravens have a plan, and they make the right picks, this could be a stellar draft for Ozzie Newsome.