Ravens pick ex-Alabama C Bradley Bozeman in NFL Draft

Muriel Hammond
April 30, 2018

The Louisville product fell to the very end of the first round where the Philadelphia Eagles traded away their first-round selection to the Baltimore Ravens where they selected Jackson.

The Baltimore Ravens, armed with extra picks after moving down from #16 overall to #25 overall earlier in the first round, pulled the trigger on a deal that brought them up to the final pick of the night.

The Ravens were long believed to be one of the teams that had some real interest in landing the 2016 Heisman Trophy victor, but instead elected to move down to the 22nd overall spot with the Buffalo Bills to acquire additional draft picks by picking up third and fifth-round selections. Sieler became the 193rd draft pick in Ravens history, all made under Newsome.

Ozzie Newsome also threw support behind Flacco. There's no question the Ravens view their first-rounder as a quarterback.

But it was the Ravens, who many thought would take Jackson at 16, who traded back into the first round after many expected them to be finished for the night after drafting South Carolina Tight End Hayden Hurst. He has been in charge of every Baltimore draft since the team moved from Cleveland before the 1996 season. It was a dream scenario, where everything the Ravens could hope for lined up. "We want to win this year, but we also want to continue to win more in 2018, 2019 and 2020".

After these trades, the Baltimore Ravens have 3 picks in the 4th round (118,122,132), a 5th round pick (152), 2 6th round picks (190,122), and a 7th round pick (238). "That's the thing that you got to remember", coach John Harbaugh said. "I was really excited they won the Super Bowl".

The move was the culmination of a wild first round that saw various teams trading up and down while others made some puzzling selections. 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. The process started shortly after the former Heisman trophy victor declared for the Draft back in January, with Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay both declaring that Jackson would need to play wide receiver in order to succeed in the NFL.

"I'm just so blessed to be able to go back to where it all started for me, the same building that I basically grew up in", Brown Jr. said in a statement published by the OU athletic department.

"Mark Andrews... is another target for Joe", Newsome said, referencing the off-season wish list to acquire more offensive weapons for quarterback Joe Flacco".

"He's going to give us everything he has", DeCosta said.

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