NFL PLAYER NEWS
Ravens trade back into first-round to draft QB Lamar Jackson with 32nd pick
The Baltimore Ravens have traded the 52nd and 125th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft in addition to a 2019 second-rounder to the Philadephia Eagles in exchange for the 32nd overall pick, which they used on Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson.
The 2016 Heisman Trophy winner finds an ideal landing spot as he gets to sit for a year and learn from elite quarterback Joe Flacco. He will also compete with newly-signed Robert Griffin III for the backup quarterback spot in 2018. Make no mistake though, Jackson is the signal caller of the future for the Ravens. By getting selected in the first-round, Jackson will be under Baltimore's control for five years.
Jackson was a true dual-threat quarterback, averaging over 3,000 yards passing per season while racking up over 3,100 rushing yards in 2016 and 17 combined. In three seasons, he threw for 69 touchdowns while rushing for 50 more.
New England Patriots use the 31st pick on RB Sony Michel
The New England Patriots have selected Georgia Bulldogs running back Sony Michel with the 31st overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Despite concerns about Michel's injury history, the Pats added the standout back to their stable of runners, using their second first-round pick. He joins Rex Burkhead, James White, Jeremy Hill, Mike Gillislee, and Brandon Bolden in a crowded New England backfield. We would expect New England to move on from either Gillislee or Hill with the addition of Michel.
In four seasons with Georgia, Michel racked up 4,234 yards from scrimmage (3,613 rushing, 621 receiving) with 39 total touchdowns, including 17 in 2017.
Seattle Seahawks select RB Rashaad Penny with the 27th pick
The Seattle Seahawks have selected San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny with the 27th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Penny jumps into a depleted Seahawks running back crew as the likely the top option with Chris Carson and Mike Davis backing him up. Running back was an immediate need as they finished 23rd in the NFL with 1,629 rushing yards and quarterback Russell Wilson leading the way with 589 yards.
Penny exploded in his senior season rushing 289 times for 2,289 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2017. He added 19 catches, 135 yards, and 2 touchdowns through the air.
Atlanta Falcons draft WR Calvin Ridley with the 26th pick
The Atlanta Falcons drafted Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley with the 26th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Ridley joins fellow former Crimson Tide receiver Julio Jones in Atlanta. The Falcons were in need of immediate depth at wide receiver after losing Taylor Gabriel to free agency, and they get that in Ridley. Currently, Jones and Mohammed Sanu top the depth chart with Ridley the team's number three wideout for 2018.
In three seasons as Alabama's top receiver, Ridley averaged 74.7 catches, 927 yards, and 6.3 touchdowns per season.
Baltimore Ravens draft TE Hayden Hurst with the 25th pick
The Baltimore Ravens have selected South Carolina Gamecocks tight end Hayden Hurst with the 25th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
The Ravens slid back two times, from 16 to 22 to 25, to grab the top tight end on the board. Hurst at 6'5" 250 lbs has the size to run block but also has exceptional hands. He showed excellent athleticism too as he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates as a pitcher.
Hurst caught 92 passes for 1,175 yards and 3 touchdowns his last two seasons in college.
Carolina Panthers select WR D.J. Moore with the 24th pick in the NFL Draft
The Carolina Panthers have selected Maryland Terrapins wide receiver D.J. Moore with the 24th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Moore was the first wide receiver off the board in the NFL Draft and immediately steps in with a chance to become the Panthers' number two wide receiver behind Devin Funchess in 2018. Torrey Smith and Curtis Samuel see their fantasy stock dip a bit with the drafting of Moore.
Moore finished the 2017 season with 80 catches, 1,033 yards, and 8 touchdowns last season. He added 61 yards and 1 touchdown on the ground.
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