June 9, 2023

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Zay Flowers was drafted in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens

Zay Flowers was yet another weapon the Ravens added as they continue to expand the weaponry for quarterback Lamar Jackson.

The Baltimore Ravens started its draft weekend with the announcement of a five-year extension for quarterback Lamar Jackson. It doesn’t get much better than that. They proceeded to use their 22nd overall pick to select Boston College wide receiver Zay Flowers. But in a surprise move to many, they went on to grab one a player who began to fall in the draft when they selected former Clemson linebacker Trenton Simpson in the third round.

Could that move spark more to come for the Ravens?

We grade every pick for the team in our draft recap.

2023 NFL Draft recap
Baltimore Ravens
SelectionPlayer SelectionPosition- SchoolDN Big Board Rank/ GradeNasty’ Take: Value (1-5) based on DN Big Board Rank and our grade:
1 (22)Zay Flowers 5’9 182WR/Boston College39/2nd RoundFlowers’ run after the catch ability should add another dimension to a wide receiver room with a veteran, another first-round pick and a Pro Bowl kickoff return specialist.4
3 (86)Trenton Simpson 6’2 235 LB-Clemson26/2nd RoundSimpson’s eye control needs to improve, but he has outstanding potential as a pass rusher in the team’s blitz packages. In addition, he ranks as an outstanding special teams contributor. 5
4 (124)Tavius Robinson 6’6 257DE/OLB-Ole Miss253/4th RoundRobinson’s ability to turn the ball over went to a new level this past season with five forced fumbles. His length and upside is intriguing. 3.5
5 (157)Kyu Blu Kelly 6’0 193CB-Stanford104/3rd RoundOne of the smoothest cornerbacks in the draft, his most impressive quality may be body control. He tackles well enough to fit in the team’s defensive system. His father, Brian, was one of the NFL's best technicians as a Super Bowl champion. 5
6 (199)Malesala Aumavae-Laulu 6’5 317OT-OG-Oregon247/4th RoundThere was once a time when Aumavaei-Laulu weighed in the 400-pound range at the prep level, but he has developed into a relatively svelte tackle in the 320-pound range with guard and tackle experience. 4.5
7 (229)Andrew Vorhees 6’6 310 OG-USC73/2nd RoundAn ACL injury at the 2023 NFL Combine caused Vorhees’ draft stock to plummet, but he has started at the left tackle position and both guard spots in school. He wins the majority of his wrestling matches and relies on quick-sets to stymie pass rushers. 5
No. 1 UDFA signing: Keaton Mitchell 5'9 180RB-ECU268/4th RoundMitchell ran in the 4.3s but may have been faster in pads. He was clocked over 22 miles per hour on the GPS tracking system several times in school, and got up around the times in two games just last season (Appalachian State, Marshall).5
Draft Grade: 4.5

Heston Kjerstad OF/1B-Bowie Baysox (Baltimore AA affiliate)

Heston Kjerstad throwing in the outfield during the 2019 SEC Tournament
2020 Baltimore Orioles second overall pick Heston Kjerstad is currently batting .298 with eight home runs for the Bowie Baysox (Baltimore AA affiliate) in the Eastern League.

Kansas City Chiefs OT Jawaan Taylor

Former Jacksonville OT Jawaan Taylor versus Miami in 2019
Former Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor, who has started 66 games in four years, agreed to terms on a four-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.

2018 Recruiting Recap: Offensive Linemen

Nicholas Petit-Frere was drafted in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans
Petit-Frere, a former top recruit in the Class of 2018, started 16 games as a rookie for the Tennessee Titans in 2022.

Peyton Wilson IF-Northwest Arkansas Naturals

Peyton Wilson 2B-Alabama
It wasn't until 2021 that Wilson moved to second base. As a freshman in 2020, he was primarily a catcher and played in the outfield. The 66th overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft is currently batting .327 for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

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