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But it was the Ravens, who many thought would take Jackson at 16, who traded back into the first round after many expected them to be finished for the night after drafting South Carolina Tight End Hayden Hurst.

When Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome finally got done dealing in the first round of the National Football League draft, he got himself Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and sure-handed tight end Hayden Hurst.

After Roger Goodell called Jackson's name on the stage, Jackson made his proclamation.

He also said, "I'm just glad to be a Raven". "I really, really feel very good about this class and how it came to be".

There was plenty of smoke connecting Jackson to the Patriots in the days leading up to the draft.

"I like the banter that I have with the tight ends, and every time I turn the tape on the offensive side of the ball, the first position I look at is tight end", he said. Tom Brady had endorsed his potential heir apparent on Instagram, calling the Louisville dual-threat QB "a beast". New England, for whom he worked out, passed on him with a pick at No. 23.

Flacco, 33, has struggled since winning the Super Bowl six seasons ago, throwing 98 touchdowns and 74 interceptions.

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The Baltimore Ravens, armed with extra picks after moving down from #16 overall to #25 overall earlier in the first round, pulled the trigger on a deal that brought them up to the final pick of the night. There will be plenty of room for Jackson to grow in the National Football League, but he has a solid coaching staff to learn from, and it's not like there's a ton standing in his way. He chose not to hire an agent, having his mom be his manager instead.

Jackson would go on and throw well at the NFL Combine, while deciding not to run the 40 yard dash which unfortunately sparked some controversy, and at his Pro Day (again deciding not to run).

"I'd love to be drafted anywhere, honestly", Maxwell said last month at the Maxwell Football Club awards at Tropicana Atlantic City.

That fifth-year option is a benefit when it comes to quarterbacks.

Cleveland opened the draft by taking Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield with the first pick, bypassing Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and USC quarterback Sam Darnold in the process. While Rosen expressed his anger in not getting picked until No. 10, Jackson was more diplomatic.

"Couldn't be more excited to be a part of this organization", Hurst said.

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