Ravens: NFL executives, coaches, etc. very high on Mark Andrews

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The Baltimore Ravens are fortunate to have one of the best tight ends in the NFL in Mark Andrews. Andrews has solidified himself among the league’s elite since entering the league in 2018.

And it’s not just hype. The NFL is seemingly just as high on him as fans and media are.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler recently conducted a survey of 50 NFL executives, coaches, scouts, and players to determine the best players at every position.

The collective ranking of those surveyed had Andrews ranked as the fourth-best tight end in the NFL behind George Kittle, Travis Kelce, and Darren Waller.

Amazingly, at least one voter even had Andrews ranked as the best tight end in football. Meanwhile, at least one voter ranked Andrews as the 11th best player at his position.

Clearly, there was some degree of discrepancy.

The NFL is very high on Ravens tight end Mark Andrews.

Despite the shocking disrespect of the one voter who had him ranked outside the top-10 (honestly, who are the 10 tight ends better than Mark Andrews), Andrews is evidently held in high regard around the NFL.

One NFC executive complimented Andrews’ receiving skills while also commenting on his improving blocking traits.

"“He’s got that big catch radius that just swallows up the ball. He’s a primary option. Was not a good blocker coming out, but he can be competitive there. He’s at least improved.”"

Andrews broke out in 2019 emerging as Lamar Jackson’s favorite target en route to his first Pro Bowl appearance. The former Oklahoma star finished with 64 catches for 852 yards and 10 touchdowns.

His production dipped a little the subsequent year as he finished the 2020 season with 58 catches for 701 yards and seven touchdowns. However, it’s hard to place that blame solely on him.

And evidently, most people around the NFL aren’t holding it against him.

At just 25-years-old, Andrews is one of the most important players on the Ravens roster and the team will be looking to keep him around long-term.

The fourth-year pro is scheduled to be a free agent this offseason, but it’s likely Baltimore does everything in their power to keep him around.

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As they should. Few players on the roster are as irreplaceable as Mark Andrews.

The Ravens know this. And the NFL clearly does too.