To the Ravens news…
Feb. 2: Pro Football Hall of Fame class announced
Ravens fans should expect to hear Ed Reed’s name announced as part of the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. Reed is a virtual lock to join Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis as Ravens Hall of Famers. It’s part of the NFL Honors program, which is also where the Walter Payton Man of the Year will be announced. Brandon Carr is the Ravens’ nominee.
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Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
If Hakeem runs in the low 4.5s — and people are saying that’s the mark he intends to hit — he’s gonna go somewhere between picks 20 – 40. Take that to the bank.
The only knock on this class was the Ravens passing on safety Derwin James, who was arguably the best player in the draft. Here’s a look at the Ravens’ 2018 draft class:
Grade: Near perfection
Best rookie: Jackson. The last of the five quarterbacks selected in the first round, Jackson sparked an impressive midseason turnaround for the Ravens, who went from 4-5 to AFC North champions. He became only the third quarterback since the 1970 merger to win at least six times in his first seven starts (Ben Roethlisberger and Dak Prescott were the others). The most explosive playmaker on Baltimore’s offense, Jackson led all NFL quarterbacks this season with 695 yards rushing, a credit to his speed, elusiveness and cutback ability. The next steps for Jackson are drastically improving his accuracy (58.2 percent) and cutting down on his fumbles (tied for an NFL-worst 12).
White led the conference in tackles the past two seasons and was a first-team selection both years. The 20-year-old was a consensus All-American and won the Butkus Award in 2018.
Jeremiah recently noted the prototypical linebacker in today’s NFL needs to have the ability to run, cover and blitz. At 6-foot-1, 240 pounds, White fits the bill. He tallied 286 tackles, 28.5 for loss, 8.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and nine passes defensed in his three-year college career.