Ravens QB Lamar Jackson May Attend Top 2020 NFL Draft Prospect's Watch Party

Jordan Cohn
April 22, 2020 - 1:05 pm

Lamar Jackson was able to capture the 2019 MVP Award without boasting elite wide receiver help. Sure, Marquise "Hollywood" Brown showed some brilliant flashes of potential as a rookie and Mark Andrews developed into a top-tier tight end, but what Jackson did was mostly of his own sheer talent and breathtaking mobility.

The prospect that Jackson may end up watching the 2020 NFL Draft with would make a beautiful addition to the Ravens receiving corps, though he seems well out of the team's reach.

According to what the quarterback told Ravens writer Clifton Brown, he "might show up" to Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy's draft party after receiving the invite from his childhood friend. The two grew up together and used to play football in Florida as teenagers... imagine being a part of that backyard football game.

In fact, Jeudy credits Jackson with helping him develop his now-famous juke move. In an interview with Michael Casagrande, Jeudy said that Lamar had "hit him with one of those moves" and afterward, Jeudy added it into his own arsenal of devastating dekes.

The Ravens, after a strong 2019 season, have the 28th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Meanwhile, Jeudy is expected to go somewhere in the early first round, and is highly touted as one of the top two or three receivers in the entire draft, even in one of the deepest wide receiver classes we've seen in some time.

Though you shouldn't expect the Ravens to forfeit too much to move up to a position where they could select Jeudy, and many teams won't want to sacrifice their position to draft him, nothing can be ruled out. After all, Rob Gronkowski just came out of retirement and forfeited his WWE career for a return to the NFL... with Tom Brady nonetheless!

Instead, the Ravens could be looking to rebuild their offensive line at the end of the first round, as Jackson notes. The quarterback told Clifton Brown that a replacement for Marshal Yanda is of peak importance, as the eight-time Pro Bowler retired after the 2019 season.

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