Ravens coach John Harbaugh believes the NFL Draft should be sooner
The 2019 NFL Draft is less than one month away while many fans from around the league are thrilled for the annual event to take place yet again. Though this year’s draft class has already brought about some serious buzz, not everyone is on the positive end of things at the moment.
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh recently expressed his interest in an earlier NFL Draft.
“I think the draft should be earlier, sooner,” Harbaugh recently said, via Ben Volin of the Boston Globe. “We don’t need to be so involved where we need three months to watch the players ourselves. Let’s draft these guys, let’s get them to us.
“And let’s be honest, they’re all coming. Nobody’s taking their last semester of school. You want to get in the real world here? Let’s understand that that’s how it works. Because they end up graduating a high percentage of the time we get them, anyway, because we make sure they do. Let’s help them, but let’s not have them worried about running 40 times. Let’s get them working on football so they can contribute their first couple of years.”
The Ravens, of course, already have the team’s quarterback of the future in former Louisville Cardinals standout and Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson while many other NFL franchises will be looking for a signal caller of their come late April — in a defense-heavy draft as well. Even so, the Ravens currently own the No. 22 overall pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.