PLUG AND PLAY
TE Hayden Hurst: The versatile pass-catcher fills the biggest need for the Ravens. Hurst caught 44 passes for 559 yards and two scores as a junior last season. He is an exceptional route-runner and can move the chains on third down. Hurst will take over the starting role from Benjamin Watson, who led the Ravens with 61 catches in 2017 before leaving as a free agent to sign with the Saints. Hurst is also a stellar all-around athlete that was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 17th round of the 2012 Major League draft. He played two seasons in the Gulf Coast League as a pitcher then as a first baseman, before earning a spot as a tight end with South Carolina as a walk-on.
T Orlando Brown: The massive offensive lineman, 6-foot-8, 345 pounds, watched his stock fall after a disappointing Combine. However, he will immediately compete for a starting spot at right tackle in Baltimore. Brown was rated as one of the best tackles in college football last season and was a first-team AP All-America and All-Big 12. He was solid protecting Baker Mayfield's blind side and could eventually do the same for Joe Flacco. The Ravens have struggled with injuries on the offensive line and Brown will at least provide solid depth.
WHAT THE HELL?
WR Jordan Lasley: While the Ravens need to add some young players at wide receiver, they took a chance on Lasley. He was arrested twice while attending UCLA for possession of alcohol and having a fake ID. Lasley was also suspended three games last season for disciplinary reasons. He is productive when he stays out of trouble. The Ravens have prided themselves in staying away from those types of risky players over the past several years. They better hope the reward outweighs the risk.