2. Perfect balance of BPA and flash:
The Ravens struck the happy medium between the best player available and the flashiest pick they could make. Queen was the best player on my board and he provides plenty to be excited about. The Ravens were the clear winners of the first round. They stuck it out at the 28th pick, they filled a need and they took a player at an outstanding value. That is what you call crushing it in the NFL Draft. This very much has the feel of a Ravens pick. Last year, Marquise Brown was a surprise. The pick of Queen would have fit right in as an Ozzie Newsome pick. DeCosta surely did his legendary mentor proud on Thursday night.
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There were several reaches on the first night of the draft. The New York Giants took Andrew Thomas about 10 spots ahead of where you would have expected him to go. Damon Arnette, who I considered a day three pick, was drafted 19th overall to the Las Vegas Raiders. The Philadelphia Eagles taking Jalen Reager was a surprise because I was getting ready to erase Justin Jefferson’s name from my white board.
The Chargers traded up to get Kenneth Murray. Murray is an elite athlete but Queen had the more impressive tape. With Queen on the board the Chargers shouldn’t have traded back in to the first round and given up a second and a third round pick to move five spots ahead of the Ravens. Even if you like Murray better than Queen, you must admit that the Ravens win the linebacker sweepstakes with tremendous value. The Ravens ended up getting who they probably wanted the whole night and they didn’t have to move to get him. Eric DeCosta wins again.