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Eagles trade first-round pick to Ravens

Eagles trade first-round pick to Ravens

After all of the waiting in the first round for the No. 32 pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles chose to pull off a trade at the last second with the Baltimore Ravens, as the team ended up going with Lamar Jackson.

On Friday night, Newsome called Orlando Brown Jr.to inform him that he was selected by Baltimore in the third round.

Interesting to note that in their history, the Ravens have drafted just two players from the University of Maryland and both were wide receivers - Torrey Smith and Jermaine Lewis. The Baltimore Ravens? Well you knew Ozzie Newsome was going to finesse things around during his final season as the team's general manager.

After all the picks and all the deals, this draft will be remembered for being Newsome's swan song, and for his bold move back into the final spot of the first round to select Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson. Baker Mayfield from Oklahoma looks like a first-rounder, for sure.

Baltimore went extremely defense-heavy during the draft a year ago, which did help them field one of the best defenses in the league, but with an offense that was already in need of an upgrade, the failure to address the skill positions was an eyebrow-raiser.

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Finally, he gave the Eagles No. 52 and 125, along with a second-round pick in 2019, for No. 32 and 132. The first round will be Thursday night. All the teams that passed me up, it doesn't really matter at this point.

"I'm excited that we have a chance to swing at a lot of pitches", assistant GM Eric DeCosta said. For the Ravens, he will compete with James Hurst to start at right tackle, giving the Ravens a bigger offensive line that would help the run game further and a better pass protector on the right side. Running back Alex Collins, a late addition to the Baltimore roster during last year's training camp, is just starting to come into his own as an National Football League starter; not only is he a potential 1,000-yard rusher, but he adds value as a backfield receiver.

Ozzie covets draft picks and he normally hits on picks two-six so it was a shocker to see him trade away a second-round pick in the second round only minutes away.

Jackson had his faith rewarded, with a caveat: Joe Flacco remains the starter in Baltimore, and though he appears to have regressed since a charmed 2012 run to the Super Bowl, he's expected to remain the starter in the near future. "There's no doubt", said DeCosta, who got choked up in answering a question about Newsome's last pick. "It doesn't say anything other than we got better as a football team".


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