Ravens seek encore on Day 2 of draft after wild 1st round

Posted at 8:03 AM, Apr 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-27 08:11:07-04

Following a whirlwind opening night in the NFL draft, the Baltimore Ravens can kick back during the second round before getting down to business.

On Day 2 of the draft, the Ravens have two third-round picks: the first one and No. 83 overall.

At least that's how it stands now.

If the first round taught us anything, it's that nothing can be taken for granted when Ozzie Newsome is calling the shots in the draft room.

On Thursday night, Newsome twice traded back before picking South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst at No. 25.

Then Newsome jumped back into the fray after it seemed the Ravens were done. He swapped his second-round pick, a fourth-rounder and a 2019 second-round pick to the Eagles to get No. 32, which garnered Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson.

So, heading into Friday, the Ravens hope to garner success with the third-round pick they got from Buffalo on Thursday night and No. 83, which Newsome somehow found a way to retain.

Having added a much-needed tight end and his quarterback of the future, Newsome and the Ravens can focus Friday addressing some of their other needs.

A right tackle, a center, a wide receiver and a pass-rushing defensive end are among the priorities.

"We got some really good opportunities," said assistant general manager Eric DeCosta, who will take over for Newsome in 2019. "We're in good shape."