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Ravens Wanted Quantity From 2018 Draft, Plus Lamar Jackson

Nov 18, 2019 9:28 AM

The Baltimore Ravens had a strategy of seeking quantity at the 2018 NFL Draft in which they eventually selected Lamar Jackson 32nd overall.

Ozzie Newsome and Eric DeCosta both loved Jackson and the Ravens were starting to fall out of love with Joe Flacco.

“We wanted quantity that day,” said DeCosta after Sunday's game. “With the way the draft fell that year, we saw a way to really improve our offense. We were hoping the phone was gonna ring, starting at 16.”

Baltimore traded down from 16 to the Buffalo Bills for 22 and 65.

“We get to 22, and all of the players we liked are still there,” DeCosta said. “So we traded again.”

Baltimore used 22 and moved it to Tennessee for 25 and 125.

The Ravens, however, didn't use 25 on Jackson but instead on Hayden Hurst.

“You kinda have to use a strategy,” DeCosta said. “We felt like there was a pretty good chance that Lamar might be there later in the first round, early part of the second round. We were willing, if we could, to trade back, trade back, accumulate capital and then possibly either try to trade back again or in a second round, make a play and get Lamar at that point. But, you know, it was a risk.”

“Were you nervous about losing him?” I asked.

“We were. We were. But I think you’ve got to stay as clinical in the moment as you can, and really just go with all your best information and the plan. So yeah, you’re always nervous. You accept that you’ll lose some players working this way. But I think we try to stay as measured as possible and not get caught up in the moment.”

The Ravens called the Philadelphia Eagles about 32 as they were known to want to move down, but it would cost them Baltimore's second round pick in 2019.

“We didn’t share what we were going to try and do with anybody,” said DeCosta. “Drafts are strange like that. It’s just Ozzie and me at the end of the table, the only ones who really know. When you’re trying to make a decision as important as that, you try and keep it as quiet as you can. Because it’s not that you don’t want to share it with people, but the downside—which would be losing the player—is much greater than the upside of sharing the information with somebody that you care about.

“We didn’t even interview Lamar at the combine because we didn’t want to be associated with him. We didn’t want rumors about us and him to start. They didn’t. We were proud of that. So we pick him, and to hear him talk, and to hear his emotion and to see Lamar on TV with Deion Sanders, so happy, and to see his conviction, and to see his competitiveness. That’s a powerful thing. So, after the pick was announced, we hadn’t even had the chance to tell the scouts and coaches.

“And I think it’s probably the first time in my 24 years that you could hear cheering outside the draft room. You could hear the coaches and you could hear the scouts. That was a powerful moment for us.”

Peter King/NBC Sports

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Tua Tagovailoa Out For Season With Dislocated Hip

Nov 16, 2019 9:16 PM

Tua Tagovailoa will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a dislocated right hip. Tagovailoa also suffered a posterior wall fracture, sources confirmed to ESPN, and medical officials are continuing to evaluate his injury to determine the best course of treatment. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Tagovailoa is expected to be one of the top picks in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Nick Saban said after the game that he didn't think the injury was related to the ankle injury that made Tagovailoa a game-time decision for Saturday's game. "It's kind of a freak thing that you seldom see," he said.

"He was good, at least as good as he was a week ago in terms of his ability to move," Saban added. "I don't think anything he did affected his performance in the first half. So the guy played, and I thought he played really well. And we hate it that he got injured. We hate it for him. We hate it for his family. I hate it when any player on our team gets injured. So Godspeed to him and his entire family, and our thoughts and prayers are with them and hope this is not so serious it has any long-term effect on his future as a player."


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Joe Burrow Ranked No. 1 QB Prospect For 2020 NFL Draft By Mel Kiper

Nov 12, 2019 10:30 PM

Mel Kiper Jr. has moved Joe Burrow up to No. 1 on his list of quarterback prospects for the 2020 NFL Draft ahead of Tea Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert. 

Burrow is the Heisman Trophy favorite and had an excellent performance at Alabama last week.

"Yes. There's no question in my mind," wrote Kiper when asked if he could be picked No. 1 overall. "In fact, when I unveil my updated Big Board rankings in a couple of weeks, I'm going to have Burrow ahead of Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert as the top-ranked quarterback for the 2020 draft. I had already moved up Burrow to No. 6 overall before Saturday's game, but I was waiting to see what he did against Bama before I pulled the trigger to make him No. 1. I'm ready to make the call now.

"How could anyone watch that game and say otherwise? He has all the tools to be an elite NFL quarterback, from size to accuracy and touch to athleticism. What I like most about Burrow is that he's ultra-competitive while staying calm and collected. He didn't blink against a loaded Crimson Tide defense. I've made the comparison to Tony Romo before, and I'm sticking with it. Throw out Burrow's numbers from last season and focus on the improvement in 2019. This is a great quarterback prospect."

Mel Kiper Jr./ESPN

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Dolphins Send Three Scouts To LSU-Alabama Game

Nov 11, 2019 11:11 AM

The Miami Dolphins sent three scouts to Saturday's LSU-Alabama game on Saturday. Peter King writes he's never heard of a single team sending three personnel people to scout one college game.

In total, there were 22 NFL scouts in the press box for the game.

Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and LSU's Joe Burrow are expected to be two of the top quarterbacks taken in the draft, while Grant Delpit, Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III could also be top-10 picks.

Peter King/NBC Sports

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Tua Tagovailoa Undergoes 'Tightrope' Surgery On Ankle For 2nd Time

Oct 20, 2019 11:12 PM

Tua Tagovailoa will miss Alabama's game next week against Arkansas after undergoing surgery to help repair a high-ankle sprain.

Tagovailoa is expected to be one of the top picks in the 2020 NFL Draft.

"Our physicians performed a successful tight-rope procedure on his right ankle this morning," Alabama coach Nick Saban said in a statement. "This is the same injury, but the opposite ankle that Tua injured last season. Tua will miss next week's game against Arkansas, but we expect a full and speedy recovery."

Tagovailoa had the "tightrope" procedure on his other ankle following the SEC Championship Game last season and returned in time to compete in the College Football Playoff.

Alex Scarborough/ESPN

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NFL Sees No Evidence Of Tanking, Not Considering Draft Lottery

Oct 16, 2019 2:05 PM

Roger Goodell sees no evidence of teams tanking and the NFL is not currently considering a draft lottery.

"The good news for us is we don't see that," said Goodell on teams potentially tanking.

The Miami Dolphins have been accused in the media of tanking this season.

RealGM Staff Report

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Cardale Jones, Landry Jones Among Eight QBs Assigned To XFL Teams

Oct 15, 2019 10:04 AM

Cardale Jones and Landry Jones were among eight quarterbacks assigned to XFL teams Tuesday in advance of the league's inaugural draft.

Cardale Jones will play for the D.C. Defenders. Landry Jones will suit up for the Dallas Renegades.

The remaining six teams were assigned the following quarterbacks:

Houston Roughnecks: Phillip Walker.

Los Angeles Wildcats: Luis Perez.

New York Guardians: Matt McGloin.

St. Louis Battlehawks: Jordan Ta'amu.

Seattle Dragons: Brandon Silvers.

Tampa Bay Vipers: Aaron Murray.

Kevin Seifert/ESPN

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Daniel Snyder Overruled Jay Gruden On Drafting Dwayne Haskins

Oct 4, 2019 11:24 AM

Jay Gruden was against Washington's decision to draft Dwayne Haskins at No. 15 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Gruden wanted a more experienced quarterback with Alex Smith out for the season.

Daniel Snyder overruled Gruden and Washington selected.

Haskins already feels as though he is not the preferred quarterback of Gruden, which complicates the station.

Colt McCoy has taken first team reps this week in preparation for Week 5.

Les Carpenter/Washington Post

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Cardinals Select Jalen Thompson As Lone Supplemental Draft Pick

Jul 10, 2019 4:03 PM

The Arizona Cardinals selected Jalen Thompson in the fifth round of the NFL supplemental draft.

Thompson was the only player selected.

The Cardinals will lose their fifth round pick in the 2020 draft.

Kevin Seifert/ESPN

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One Team Asked Daniel Jones To Work Out As Tight End

May 6, 2019 2:59 PM

One NFL team inquired as to whether Daniel Jones would be willing to work out as a tight end because they felt he wasn't good enough to play quarterback.

Lamar Jackson was asked a similar question last season about playing wide receiver and he's now the quarterback of the present and future for the Baltimore Ravens.

The New York Giants selected Jones with the No. 4 overall pick.

Darin Gantt/ProFootballTalk

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45 Percent Of '16 Draft First Rounders Have Fifth-Year Option Declined
In each of the last two years, 20 fifth-year options were picked up and 12 were declined.

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Tua Tagovailoa Considered Favorite To Be Top Pick In 2020 NFL Draft
Next year's draft will be in Las Vegas, which promoted odds to be posted early.

David Bearman/ESPN

Cardinals Criticized For Inexplicably Waiting To Shop Josh Rosen
The Cardinals waited until they had selected Kyler Murray to initiate at least some teams in talks for Josh Rosen.

Matt Miller/Bleacher Report

Exec: No Other Team Would Have Selected Daniel Jones In Top-17
There's a belief the Giants panicked and selected Daniel Jones at No. 6 because they feared he wouldn't be available at No. 17.

Matt Miller/Bleacher Report

Mike Mayock Explains Decision To Send Scouts Home Days Before Draft
Mike Mayock felt vindicated to send Oakland's scouts home after news of the decision leaked to the media within 45 minutes.

Peter King/NBC Sports

Kliff Kingsbury Denies Insisting On Cardinals Selecting Kyler Murray
Kliff Kingsbury was prepared to work with Josh Rosen had the Cardinals decided to draft Nick Bosa at No. 1 instead of Kyler Murray.

Peter King/NBC Sports

Dolphins Won't Rule Out Taking QB In 2020 Draft Despite Josh Rosen
Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert are the probable best quarterbacks in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Albert Breer/Sports Illustrated

NFL Claims Draft TV Coverage Breaks Record With 47.5M Total Viewers
The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft had more than 11 million viewers.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Eagles Acquire No. 22 Pick From Ravens, Pick Andre Dillard
To acquire the 22nd pick, the Eagles sent the 25th, 125th and 197th picks to the Ravens.

RealGM Staff Report

2019 NFL Draft First-Round Results
Kyler Murray, Nick Bosa and Quinnen Williams kicked off the first round, but the Raiders started a trend of unpredictability by taking Clelin Ferrell with the fourth overall pick.

RealGM Staff Report

Jets Expected To Trade Down From No. 3
The Jets could target an edge rusher or an offensive lineman if they trade down.

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Cardinals Make Decision On First Overall Selection
Quinnen Williams has received a call from Steve Keim that he's still a possibility to be selected first overall.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Steelers Could Attempt To Trade Into Top-10
The Steelers haven't historically been active moving up in the draft.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Washington Targeting Dwayne Haskins In Draft
Washington's quarterback situation is uncertain long-term.

Dianna Russini/ESPN

Raiders Send All Scouts Home Ahead Of Draft Amid Internal Mistrust
Mike Mayock is conducting his first draft with the Raiders.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Eli Manning Expects Giants To Select QB In Draft
The Giants own the sixth and 17th picks in the first round of the draft.

Jordan Raanan/ESPN

Nick Bosa Scrubbed Political Tweets With Chance Of Joining 49ers
Nick Bosa used his Twitter account to advocate politically, voicing his support for Donald Trump and also criticizing Colin Kaepernick.

Kevin Van Valkenburg/ESPN

Kyler Murray, Nick Bosa Headline List Of 23 Players To Attend Draft
The 2019 NFL Draft will be held in Nashville.

ESPN

Nick Saban: Late Round Picks Who Leave School Early Lose Out
Seven of Alabama's underclassmen declared for this month's NFL draft.

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Lions Publicly Soliciting Offers To Move Down From No. 8
The Lions would like to move down from No. 8.

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