OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens have turned their attention toward defense in the NFL draft, taking Alabama cornerback Anthony Averett and UCLA inside linebacker Kenny Young with their first two fourth-round picks.
General manager Ozzie Newsome’s first four selections in the draft on Thursday and Friday went toward improving the team’s lackluster offense.
Taken 118th overall, Averett is a 5-foot-11, 183-pounder who started all 14 games in 2017 for the national champion Crimson Tide. He had 48 tackles, an interception and broke up eight passes.
As a junior, Averett played in all 15 games, including 13 starts. He made his mark in the season opener, coming off the bench to make eight tackles.
Averett will be reunited with former teammate Marlon Humphrey, a cornerback who was Baltimore’s top pick in 2017.
Soon after being selected Saturday, Averett said: ”It’s going to be like old times. I can’t wait to get started.”
Selected 122nd overall, Young was a four-year starter for the Bruins. As a senior, the 6-1, 240-pounder was selected first-team All-Pac-12 Conference by the coaches after finishing with 110 tackles and a sack.
As a result of making five trades in the first two days of the draft, Newsome was left with seven picks in the fourth through seventh rounds.
Newsome selected New Mexico State receiver Jaleel Scott with his final fourth round pick, the 132nd overall.
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