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Ravens spark interest in Lamar Jackson

April 09, 2018 - 5:12 pm

By Joe Schiller

At the Baltimore Ravens’ recent pre-draft press conference, general manager Ozzie Newsome made sure to leave no stone unturned when asked about the team’s first-round pick. That included following the best-player-available approach or even selecting a quarterback.

Joe Flacco’s steady regression since the team’s 2013 Super Bowl-winning season has been more than noticeable. The production hasn’t matched the money, prompting talk that the Ravens should look to find Flacco’s successor sooner or later.

A top-heavy quarterback class could see four quarterbacks off the board within the first 10 picks, but the Ravens might not have to move up from No. 16 to select their signal caller. Rumored interest in former Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson has sparked up draft talk in Baltimore.  

The Ravens also scheduled a Top 30 visit with Jackson, just weeks before the April 26th draft.

Director of college scouting Joe Hortiz even gave high praise for Jackson, calling him “type of guy you can build around."

Jackson was nothing short of electric during his collegiate career at Louisville. The former Heisman Trophy winner combined for 7,203 passing yards and 57 touchdowns during his final two seasons with the Cardinals. Those numbers alone barely scratched the surface of Jackson’s production as he also added in 3,172 rushing yards and 39 touchdowns on the ground.

On talent alone, Jackson’s dual-threat ability makes him a must-have talent but not all 32 teams are convinced. Throughout the pre-draft process, he's received requests to switch to wide receiver but has firmly held his ground.

Newsome clearly backed up that notion, adding more fuel to the rumor mill.

It may very well just be a smokescreen by the front office but it’s too much to ignore at this point.