After years of neglect, the Baltimore Ravens wide receivers room is trending up.
Just a day after the team spent the No. 25 overall selection on Oklahoma wide receiver Marquise Brown, the Ravens doubled up on receivers by selecting Notre Dame wide receiver Miles Boykin with the No. 93 overall selection in the third round on Friday night.
So how exactly does Baltimore’s newest addition fit in with the team?
Regardless of the Ravens specifically plan to utilize Boykin’s skillset, he is almost certainly slated for significant playing time from the start. With Willie Snead and Brown as the only other receivers locked in as starters on the Baltimore roster, Boykin should be in line for plenty of opportunities early on.
Given his skill set and ideal, prototypical frame — he measures in at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds — Boykin profiles as an outside receiver for the Ravens. With the speedy Brown set to take up the deep ball (that isn’t to say Boykin is slow, however, as he ran a 4.42-second 40-yard dash), and Snead on slot-receiver duties, the door is wide open for Baltimore to utilize Boykin’s size to create mismatches on the perimeter.
Expect Boykin to be used as a possession receiver of sorts initially with an emphasis on jump balls and the red zone. As he develops as a route runner and improves his overall technique, he’ll likely be incorporated more in the offense. Training camp will be big for Boykin as he likely competes with Jordan Lasley and Jaleel Scott for playing time.
Louisiana Tech defensive end Jaylon Ferguson received the phone call he has been dreaming of his entire life on Friday night after the NCAA’s all-time sack leader was selected in the third round as the 85th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens.
With the 85th overall pick, Ferguson becomes the 78th Bulldog selected in the draft in Louisiana Tech history and the third Conference USA player taken in this year’s NFL Draft.
Ferguson became the all-time leader in NCAA history in career sacks (45.0) after breaking the record in Louisiana Tech’s win over Hawaii in the 2018 SoFi Hawaii Bowl, while he also earned Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year honors after leading the nation in sacks (17.5) as a senior. The defensive end was also recognized on four different All-America teams following the 2018 season.
Ferguson spent the majority of the past two days focusing on something more important than when his name would be called. Due to the devastation caused by a tornado that struck Ruston at approximately 2 a.m. on Thursday morning, Ferguson spent the remainder of the day lending a helping hand in the relief efforts surrounding his college community.
The NFL Draft continues Saturday at 11 a.m. with the final four rounds (4-7). The draft will be broadcast live on ABC and ESPN.
The Baltimore Ravens filled a big hole with their pick in the first round of the NFL draft and also gave themselves some help for later on in the process.
They needed a wide receiver who could do things, someone with speed that could make defensive coordinators stay up at night. So, after trading back from 22nd in the first round to the No. 25 spot — a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles that netted them two more later-round picks — the Ravens picked speedy Oklahoma wide receiver Marquise Brown. He’s the cousin of Oakland’s Antonio Brown is the kind of player the Ravens desperately needed at wide receiver.
Brown got the aforementioned speed — many felt Brown was one of the fastest wide receivers in college football — and despite having a foot (Lisfranc) injury that required surgery earlier this year, the Ravens picked Brown.
“He’s a playmaker,” Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said at a late Thursday night press conference. “He’s a guy who can do a lot of different things with the ball in his hands. He’s got outstanding hands. He’s electric.”
DeCosta said they’re hoping to have Brown back and rolling by training camp but that his rehab work was going well so far. When he gets back to 100 percent, the question is if Brown can develop into the type of receiver that the Ravens have been seeking for so long.
If Brown plays as he did at Oklahoma, the Ravens would be thrilled. He made 75 catches for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2018 as a junior. With their run-heavy offense in place now, they could use Brown on short screens, various short passes and end-arounds. His speed would be tough to stop and take pressure off of second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson.