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The Steal of the Ravens Draft

May 10, 2019 - 10:54 am
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By Austin Medina 

When the Ravens drafted Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley in the sixth round, they drafted a player who provides instant value.

McSorley will serve as the Ravens third quarterback, which is nothing new considering they carried Lamar Jackson, Joe Flacco, and Robert Griffin III last season. With Flacco on the Broncos, McSorley fills the void.

He provides another fast, athletic quarterback that could help run the Ravens run-heavy system. McSorley shouldn’t be known for his speed alone.

At Penn State, McSorley broke several records and won two MVP awards. He holds Penn State records for most passing yards in a single season, most passing touchdowns in a single season, and most total yards of offense all time.

McSorley’s production took a major step back in 2018. His completion percentage dipped to 53.2% (66.6% in 2017) and threw for a thousand less yards. Multiple reports stated that he was playing hurt for most, if not all, of the season.

Aside from his abilities as a quarterback, McSorley can serve as the Ravens ultimate utility man. He can bounce around the field and play on special teams.

Although multiple NFL requested he worked out as a defensive back for the Combine, McSorley’s value should be on moving the chains.

Baltimore should look to use McSorley similarly to how the Saints use Taysom Hill: using his dual-threat ability and quickness to get first downs. He ran a 4.57 in the 40-yard dash and scored 30 rushing touchdowns in his Penn State career.

A major difference between McSorley and Hill is their size. McSorley checked in at 6’0 and 202 pounds during the Combine. Hill has a much larger frame, as he is listed at 6’2 and 220 pounds.

Last season, Hill played in 16 games and provided another dynamic to the Saints offense. He ran for 5.3 yards per carry and added two touchdowns on the ground. Hill played exceptional against the Ravens in Week 7 as he ran for 35 yards and converted on multiple third-downs.

If the Ravens hoped to add a player similar to Hill, they drafted a prospect with the most potential to be next in line.