Ravens take WR Zay Flowers with 22nd pick in 1st round

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens drafted Boston College wide receiver Zay Flowers with the No. 22 pick Thursday night, adding another playmaker to their offense on the same day they agreed to a long-term contract with Lamar Jackson.

Baltimore announced Jackson's new five-year deal hours before the draft, but the Ravens also needed to upgrade their wide receiver group this offseason. They signed Odell Beckham Jr., and now they add Flowers.

It's third time in five drafts that Baltimore took a wideout in the first round. The Ravens picked Marquise Brown in 2019 and Rashod Bateman in 2021. Bateman has struggled to stay healthy and Brown was traded last year for a first-round pick.

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Flowers shined last season for a bad Boston College team, catching 78 passes for 1,077 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was the third wide receiver taken in the first round after Ohio State's Jaxon Smith-Njigba went to Seattle and TCU's Quentin Johnston was taken by the Los Angeles Chargers.


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Noah Trister, The Associated Press

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