By trading back twice in the first round - winding up to No. 25 overall - Baltimore was in a good spot to not have to reach for a tight end.
Joe Flacco likes the tight end, it showed in his relationship with Pitta when he was healthy, he likes having a big guy over the middle he can throw to. After giving up baseball, he came to USC as a walk-on tight end in the summer of 2015. He has good enough speed that he can make defenders miss after the catch, and his hands are solid, catching all 43 catchable passes thrown his way previous year and catching seven of 11 contested passes.
The incredible journey of Hayden Hurst will continue. He reels in everything that comes his way. Hurst has all the tools to be a memorable selection for the Ravens.
Hurst also has an interesting backstory.
Hurst is an older prospect at 25 because he was drafted out of high school and played two years with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Now those qualities will be in the Ravens' locker room. He'll likely be an immediate starter, barring Maxx Williams suddenly showing up.
Its obvious fans would have wanted a freakishly athletic tight end like Mike Gesicki or Dallas Goedert but the Ravens went with the three-down tight end in Hurst.
The Ravens had an opportunity to draft some top defensive talentssuch as Florida State safety Derwin James, with their 16 pick. They had their choice of an offensive lineman or wide receiver like D.J. Moore and they traded back. The Atlanta Falcons then selected Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley at No. 26, one pick behind the Ravens.
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