The Ravens delivered their answer in Thursday night’s first round, taking Brown with the No. 25 overall pick and making him the first wide receiver selected in this year’s draft.
Lamar Jackson, the NFL‘s fastest quarterback, is now being paired with Brown, who could be the speediest player in the league. If not for offseason foot surgery, Brown had planned to take aim at John Ross’ combine record of 4.22 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
“(Brown) and Lamar are going to be electric players on the field at the same time,” Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said.
Last year, teams could stack the box because Jackson was the Ravens’ most consistent playmaker. Now, defenses will have to account for Brown, whether he’s taking a short screen pass, running a reverse or sprinting deep downfield with frightening top-end speed.
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“We think he complements our offense very well and our vision of what we want our offense to be,” DeCosta said.
At the combine, DeCosta expressed a desire to add a young receiver who could develop a relationship with Jackson. Instead, he drafted one who already has a history with the new franchise quarterback.
Brown played against Jackson in Pop Warner growing up. How were those games? “It was him running around,” Brown said.
Brown watched Jackson throughout high school, and Jackson reached out to Brown during the draft process.