Ravens Draft Jordan Lasley
The Ravens used their lone 5th round pick, number 162 overall, to select wide receiver Jordan Lasley out of UCLA.
Lasley has a lot of tools. He has adequate size, so he can play just about every receiver position, but his biggest strength lies in his athleticism. He can make things happen in the open field with his combination of speed and explosiveness. Unlike previous speed receivers for the Ravens, he has reliable hands too, meaning he will be able to run more than just hitch and go routes.
You may be asking yourself why such a talent fell all the way to the Ravens in the fifth round. Unfortunately, Lasley has had some problems off the football field causing many teams to call his character into question. He was suspended multiple times during his stay at UCLA, which made this first round talent untouchable for many teams.
The Ravens have a culture of accountability among their players, so Lasley was likely taken with the mindset that veteran leadership would keep him in check. He has tremendous upside, with a play style and ability like that of an Antonio Brown, and could be the steal of the draft should he pan out. If he stays out of trouble off the field, he’ll likely have a productive tenure in Baltimore.