"If you would have told me yesterday at 3 o'clock in the afternoon that I was going to pick four defensive players [with my first four picks], I would have told you that you would not be correct", Newsome said after the fourth round.
Addressing an insufficient pass rush that struggled in big games last season, general manager Ozzie Newsome selected sack specialist Tyus Bowser of Houston in the second round before adding MI lineman Chris Wormley and Tim Williams of Alabama in round three. He lost his security blanket when wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. retired as well as two starting offensive linemen when right tackle Rick Wagner left in free agency and center Jeremy Zuttah was traded.
The Baltimore Ravens remained on the defensive Friday night, taking two outside linebackers and a 300-pound end on the second day of the National Football League draft.
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The University of MI had four players selected on the second day of the 2017 NFL Draft with defensive end Chris Wormley, cornerback Jourdan Lewis, safety Delano Hill and wide receiver Amara Darboh having their names called on Friday (April 28).
"It's definitely a blessing to be part of that legacy and part of this team", Humphrey said. Wormley will play for Jim Harbaugh's brother, John, who is the head coach in Baltimore. "Just in my mind, I was hoping I got a call from a Maryland number", he said on a conference call shortly after being drafted.
The Ravens stopped Tim Williams' draft slide in the middle of the third round.
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A lot of resources have been committed to improving the defense, not only via the draft but with the free-agent additions of safety Tony Jefferson and cornerback Brandon Carr and the re-signing of Brandon Williams and safety Lardarius Webb.
"It was an opportunity for us to continue to put some strength into our secondary", Newsome said. Furthermore, the best running back in the draft (based on talent alone) was also sitting there ripe for the taking.
An interview TJ gave to Baltimore's website last week just moments after learning he would announce the pick explained why he was so excited.
Bowser, Wormley and Williams should benefit from the tutelage of 34-year-old Terrell Suggs, Baltimore's career sack leader. If you're bad on both sides of the ball, well, then you're going to have to mix and match your picks throughout the draft.
"We are not done acquiring players", Newsome said. "We're going to be darn tough to throw against". "We probably will still add some after that".