The Baltimore Ravens drafted two former Oklahoma stars in the 2018 NFL Draft, and now both have signed their rookie deals. The Ravens officially announced the signing of tight end Mark Andrews on Thursday, not long after signing tackle Orlando Brown.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) May 17, 2018
The Ravens drafted Andrews in the third round, with the No. 86 overall pick. Although listed as a tight end, Andrews is expected to serve a role closer to a slot receiver in the NFL. The Ravens also drafted South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst in the first round.
Andrews was a consensus All-American in 2017, and won the John Mackey Award for the nation’s best tight end. Andrews hauled in 62 receptions for 958 yards and 8 touchdowns in his junior season, capping off a three-year Oklahoma career where he totaled nearly 1,800 yards and 22 scores.
Andrews and Hurst could combine to both take over as Baltimore’s top two tight ends this season. Baltimore’s three veteran tight ends – Nick Boyle, Maxx Williams and Vince Mayle – have contributed only sparingly over the past three seasons. The three Baltimore receivers combined for 104 catches in 2017, but their longest gain was 33 yards.
Baltimore made getting Joe Flacco better targets its top priority this offseason. With Andrews’ versatility, pass-catching ability and athleticism, he could quickly emerge as one of the Ravens’ most productive receivers.