NFL executives praise and critique Ravens’ collection of Zay Flowers

Media members aren’t the one ones with opinions on every NFL groups draft class, as The Athletic’s Mike Sando interviewed NFL executives and evaluators concerning all 32 groups draft hauls. In fact, this comes with the courtesy of anonymity, however a number of had issues to say concerning the Ravens’ draft class, and extra particularly, first-round large receiver Zay Flowers.

“Flowers’ upside is Stefon Diggs,” one evaluator informed Sando. “He has that from a route-running capability.”

One NFL govt believes Flowers could possibly be a extra explosive participant for the Ravens’ offense than former first-round Raven Marquise “Hollywood” Brown.

“Regardless that Zay is a small goal, from a ball-in-hand, explosive play, run-after-catch standpoint, he offers them that greater than Hollywood Brown did,” an exec stated to Sando. “That’s the place I don’t have an issue with the participant. I simply suppose it’s a must to have a plan for him.”

Not all had been complimentary towards the choice, with one involved about Flowers’ measurement.

“If we discovered something at Baltimore with Lamar Jackson, it’s that small, brief receivers don’t do effectively,” an evaluator stated. “The man he throws it to is the 6-6 tight finish.”

It’s price mentioning Brown posted a 1,000-yard season with the Ravens in 2021 and was Jackson’s second favourite goal.

Flowers does be part of a extra full receiver corps, and that an evaluator famous how the offense run by offensive coordinator Todd Monken can be complimentary towards all within the offense, however to not disregard Andrews.

“Monken is a receiver coach by commerce,” an evaluator stated to Sando. “OBJ would be the huge wild card. Is he going to nonetheless have big-game potential? I like their core. It has gotten higher. That stated, none of these guys are true No. 1s, which the Ravens can really get away with. It’s scheme, play-action, and their No. 1 man is Mark Andrews, principally.”