The Latest: Ravens Take Hurst, Falcons Select Ridley

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the NFL draft (all times local):

10 p.m.

The first tight end drafted was taken by one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history.

The Baltimore Ravens and general manager Ozzie Newsome took Hayden Hurst from South Carolina with the 25th pick in the first round.

The Ravens have twice traded back in the first round, first dealing No. 16 to Buffalo, then giving No. 22 to the Titans.

This is the final draft for Newsome, who has failed to make a trade in only two drafts since 1996. He didn’t make deals in 2001 and last year.

Atlanta picked Alabama receiver Calvin Ridley at No. 26 to pair him with another former Alabama star, Julio Jones.

9:50 p.m.

Tennessee traded up with Baltimore to make the 22nd pick and went with Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans, the third Crimson Tide player taken in the first round.

New England made its first pick of the first round and plugged a hole on its offensive line, taking Georgia’s Isaiah Wynn, who played both guard and tackle with the Bulldogs.

Six offensive linemen were taken before the first wide receiver came off the board. The Carolina Panthers took Maryland’s D.J. Moore at No. 24.


9:30 p.m.

A mini-run on centers.

Detroit took Frank Ragnow from Arkansas with the 20th pick to help protect Matthew Stafford. Ragnow can also play guard.

Then the Cincinnati Bengals took Billy Price from Ohio State, another interior lineman who can also play guard at No. 21. The Bengals’ offense struggled mightily last season because of a porous offensive line.

Also, the Pittsburgh Steelers have traded enigmatic wide receiver Martavis Bryant to the Oakland Raiders.

The Steelers will receive Oakland’s third-round pick in exchange for Bryant, who showed flashes of brilliance in three seasons with Pittsburgh but also regularly ran afoul of the league’s substance abuse policy.

Bryant caught 17 touchdowns in 36 games for the Steelers, but was suspended twice for drug violations. He missed four games in 2015 and all of the 2016 season.

Bryant returned last spring but was quickly surpassed by JuJu Smith-Schuster on the depth chart. He asked for a trade in late September and was deactivated for a game after calling out Smith-Schuster in a post on social media.

The 6-foot-4 Bryant has the size and speed to give Oakland quarterback Derek Carr a serious downfield threat. Bryant averaged 15.3 yards per reception with the Steelers.


9:22 p.m.

The Dallas Cowboys pick sent the fans at AT&T Stadium into a frenzy of anticipation for the home team.

The Cowboys passed on filling a need at wide receiver and selected Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, a late bloomer who didn’t play 11-man football in high school.

There still has not been a receiver selected.

One pick earlier, Green Bay picked cornerback Jaire Alexander from Louisville to help their secondary. The Packers traded down to add more picks later.

Alexander missed much of last season with injuries, but was a lock-down corner as a sophomore in 2016.


9 p.m.

Oakland, selecting 15th after trading down from 10th, bolstered its offensive line with UCLA’s Kolton Miller in the NFL draft.

The 6-foot-9 tackle left the Bruins after his junior season and had strong workouts leading up to the draft.

The 16th selection also came after a trade. Buffalo, which previously moved into the seventh slot to get Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen, again was dealing, swapping No. 22 overall and a third-rounder with Baltimore. Buffalo took Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, who can play inside or outside and was considered by some the best at the position in this group.

Safety Derwin James of Florida State also slipped a bit and wound up going 17th to the Chargers. James does his best work against the pass, but needs improvement against the run. He should find an immediate role in LA’s secondary.


8:45 p.m.

Eager to add to an improving defense, New Orleans traded up with Green Bay, moving from 27th to 14th to get UTSA edge rusher Marcus Davenport.

Coming off a sensational 2017 draft in which the Saints added both the offensive and defensive rookies of the year in Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore, they took a strong, tall (6-foot-6) player who can play on the line or at linebacker. Davenport was particularly impressive at the Senior Bowl.


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