The Ravens signed Lamar Jackson to a record-setting deal earlier today, and now they’re handing him another offensive weapon. The Ravens are using the No. 22 pick on Boston College wideout Zay Flowers.
Baltimore was among several teams who were slated to pick toward the back of the first round and thus in range to add a wideout. They did extensive work on the Day 1 options, including Flowers. He put himself in the first-round conversation with a career-year in 2022.
Last season, Flowers posted a 78-1,077-12 statline. He led the team in receiving for the third consecutive year and was once again the focal point of their offense. He took advantage of his opportunities and established himself as one of many high-end slot receivers at the top of this year’s class.
The 5-9, 182-pounder is joined by several top WRs available in facing questions about his frame and ability to remain productive at the NFL level. Flowers showed a skillset including abilities at all three levels of the field, though, which should allow him to carve out at least a modest role early on in the Ravens’ new-look receiver room.
Baltimore has made a number of moves at the position this year. The team has added Odell Beckham Jr. and Nelson Agholor on one-year deals in free agency, giving them a pair of veterans to pair with an otherwise young group. The Ravens had been mentioned as a suitor for DeAndre Hopkins in a trade, but the selection of Flowers likely takes them out of that pursuit. The latter will give the team a long-term option at the position, however, allowing him to develop a rapport with Jackson for years to come.