The Baltimore Ravens made the playoffs in 2018 after finishing with a 10-6 record in the regular season, but ultimately fell 23-17 to the Los Angeles Chargers in the Wild Card round.
The Ravens ushered in rookie Lamar Jackson at quarterback as part of a dynamic run-first offense last season, and they reaffirmed their commitment to Jackson by trading Joe Flacco to the Broncos this offseason.
In last year's draft, the Ravens selected Jackson and South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst in the first round.
How will they use their picks in this year's NFL draft? We're breaking down every selection below, including grades from The MMQB's Andy Benoit.
Here's the full list of picks the Ravens hold in the 2019 draft, which will be updated as each selection is made.
Round 1, pick 25 (No. 25 overall):
Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
Andy Benoit's grade: A-
Nothing scares a defense more than speed and quickness, which Brown has in spades. The Ravens might need to scheme ways to get Antonio Brown’s undersized cousin clean access off the line of scrimmage, which would mean putting him in motion and having him come out of the slot. That can be managed (the Colts do it well with T.Y. Hilton). Once you get Brown into the secondary, he’ll attract deep safety help almost every time, simplifying the coverage looks for young Lamar Jackson and creating space for others. The only notable “yeah but” here is that the Ravens passed on the bigger-bodied guys who define this year’s receiving class, and given the inconsistent accuracy Jackson showed last year, plus-sized targets could be valuable. But perhaps the Ravens are confident in Jackson’s chances to improve as a passer. Or, perhaps they believe a quality big receiver will be available in one of the following rounds. Either way, they got a bona fide weapon in Brown.
Round 3, pick 21 (No. 85 overall): Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech
Andy Benoit's grade: A-
Many saw Ferguson as a higher-level prospect, but he didn’t test well prior to the draft. His film, however, showed good hand usage and a productive speed-to-power rush. The Ravens need a replacement for Za’Darius Smith and might need another next year for Matt Judon, who is slated for free agency. 2017 second day picks Tyus Bowser and Tim Williams have not developed, so the Ravens are trying again.
Round 3, pick 29 (No. 93 overall): Miles Boykin, WR, Notre Dame
Andy Benoit's grade: C+
Yes, drafting Marquise Brown in the first round takes some of the sting off Baltimore’s dire need at wide receiver, but entering Friday night, it was still a position of need. Boykin is viewed more as a developmental project. Do they believe he can contribute immediately in a No. 4 role?
Round 4, pick 11 (No. 113 overall): Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma St.
Round 4, pick 21 (No. 123 overall): Ben Powers, G, Oklahoma
Round 4, pick 25 (No. 127 overall): Iman Marshall, QB, USC
Round 5, pick 22 (No. 160 overall): Daylon Mack, DT, Texas A&M
Round 6, pick 24 (No. 197 overall): Trace McSorley, QB, Penn St.
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