Every front office will claim they had a terrific 2019 NFL Draft, but these five franchises did the best over the three-day event.
NFL free agency is a lot of fun, but the best teams manage to assemble the majority of their talent through the draft. As such, it’s imperative for front offices to nail the event. This year, fans of the following five teams can really feel good about the players that are headed to their favorite team.
5. Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens find themselves squarely in the midst of a major offensive transition. Switching from Joe Flacco to Lamar Jackson at quarterback requires a very different set of skill position players. Baltimore did a terrific job of finding weapons for their second-year quarterback in this draft.
Drafting Marquise Brown at No. 25 gives Jackson just the type of big-play receiver he’ll need to succeed. What Brown lacks in height, he more than makes up for with explosive speed. The Ravens are going to find lots of ways to get the football into his hands next season.
Fourth-round pick Justice Hill also fits that description. He’s not going to grind out a ton of yards in between the tackles, but he’ll find a way to contribute on third down. He was great value on Day 3.
This class will likely be made or broken by what a pair of third-round selections accomplish. Jaylon Ferguson wasn’t a workout warrior, but drafting the all-time NCAA leader in sacks is never a bad idea. Miles Boykin isn’t a burner at wide receiver, but he has a large catch radius that should help Jackson complete some passes down the field. Neither guy will come in with massive expectations, but they’ll need to develop into solid contributors early in their careers.
The Ravens get extra points for rolling the dice on Trace McSorley late in the sixth round. He may not stay at quarterback, but guys with his toughness and athleticism tend to find a way to stick in the NFL. Add it all up and Ravens fans have a lot to be excited about in this class.