Reason 2: They built a bright future
Lamar Jackson may not be the quarterback of the present but he is the quarterback of the future. The Ravens drafted him, thinking he could be a franchise quarterback. They traded back into the 1st round with a mission. This was not about putting pressure on Flacco. This was about life after Flacco and everyone in the football world knows it. The Ravens got a quarterback with a rocket arm and a special set of talent that makes him one of a kind. Baltimore has been going through the motions with an overpaid quarterback who wasn’t delivering. This is a breath of fresh air.
One thing that Ravens fans should be especially excited about is the amount of young talent on the offensive line. If Brown Jr. lives up to the billing the Ravens will have bookend tackles for years to come. Ronnie Stanley has been a rock for the Ravens and now Brown Jr. has a chance to be the same kind of player. Alex Lewis is a guard that has shown a lot of promise. Bradley Bozeman is going to compete with Matt Skura and maybe even Nico Siragusa for the starting center job. The offensive line is the epicenter of young talent and that is going to make the Ravens a sturdy team up front for years to come.
The Ravens defense is fully stocked. The secondary is deep, especially at the cornerback position. The front seven is loaded with talent and Kenny Young adds to that grouping of talent. Through free agency and the NFL Draft, the Ravens added five wide receivers. The Ravens filled their biggest need with two tight ends, both of which are matchup nightmares in the passing game. The Ravens have talent all through the roster. This looks like the start of another run of playoff appearances. There is reason to be optimistic, especially if Jackson is the real deal.