Instant Analysis: Baltimore Ravens Trade Back Into First Round And Select Quarterback Lamar Jackson

Trade alert: The Baltimore Ravens have traded their second round pick (52nd overall), a 2019 second round pick, and a fourth round pick (125th overall) to the Philadelphia Eagles to move up to the 32nd overall pick. Baltimore will also receive Philadelphia’s fourth round pick (132nd overall).

The pick: with the 32nd pick on the 2018 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville.

The teams logic: Wow. The Ravens make a HUGE splash and get their quarterback of the future. Joe Flacco hasn’t lived up to the huge contract he signed after he won the Super Bowl MVP in 2012. They can groom Jackson behind Joe Flacco for a year or two, and if Flacco continues his struggles, we could see the Lamar Jackson Era sooner than later.

The good: Make no mistake about it, Lamar Jackson is an electric football player. He’s the kind of dual threat that defensive coordinators have nightmares about. He is capable of hitting a home run from anywhere on the field, either by way of his strong arm or his legs. In his final 2 seasons at Louisville, Jackson averaged a mind-blowing 3,601 passing yards, 29 TD and 9 INT as well as 1,586 rushing yards and 20 rushing TD. Wow. That’s insane.

The bad: It’s almost a complete split among experts when asked if Jackson can be a starting caliber quarterback at the professional level. He has a low release which he must work on if he doesn’t want a lot of his passes ending up tipped and intercepted. He also must work on his accuracy, with 59.1 % being his best season mark while at Louisville.

My take: I said that I didn’t want Lamar Jackson in the first round. BUT that was before I knew that he would be the second day one pick. He’s a gamble surely, but in my estimation he’s a gamble well worth taking, because if it pays off, the Ravens will have a dangerous offense to pair with that stingy, ball hawking defense.

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