Baltimore Ravens: Is Hayden Hurst the real deal?

The Baltimore Ravens selected tight end Hayden Hurst in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, and so far he’s been impressing in camp.

It’s only training camp, but Hayden Hurst is showing the Baltimore Ravens and Ozzie Newsome that he was a great pick. The 6’5 24-year old tight end out of the University of South Carolina could be a cornerstone of the offense for years to come.

He’s got the size and athletic ability to catch anything that is thrown to him. If Hurst can step up this season, Joe Flacco will have another weapon to utilize on offense and we know that Flacco loves his tight ends.

Hurst can be like Dennis Pitta was with Joe Flacco. They were both best friends on and off the field and Joe trusted Pitta in the most critical situations in games.

We are likely to see Hurst play more tonight against the Los Angeles Ram in the second preseason game in Baltimore. A nice welcome for the fans to see Hurst and fellow first round draft pick Lamar Jackson.

Hopefully Hurst will do something about his long hair because teams have been known to pull long hair down to make tackles. I’m not sure if they’ve added a penalty for that, but if not, it could negate some of his big plays.

If Hayden Hurst can be the Todd Heap/Dennis Pitta type player, then the Ravens have something special and will be set at that position for a least the next 5-10 years. We saw a small sample size during the Hall of Fame Game, now it’s time for Hurst to get even better.

It’s a shame that Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle haven’t lived up to expectations due to injuries and suspensions, but Ozzie Newsome knew he had to upgrade that position in his final season as the Baltimore Ravens General Manager.

For my fellow Ravens fans, do you think Hayden Hurst is the real deal?