BALTIMORE, Md. (WDVM) – The Baltimore Ravens picked up two late first-round draft picks, picking up Minnesota’s Rashod Bateman with the 27th pick, and Penn State’s Odafe Jayson Oweh with the 31st pick.
Bateman is the fifth wide receiver that would come off the board. With his last full year playing for the Golden Gophers, Bateman snatched 60 passes for 1,219 yards, and 11 touchdowns; which earned him All-Big Ten honors. Rashod gives them an option on the outside, but gives the Ravens some versatility.
“Now that I’m here, its definitely a blessing.” said Rashod Bateman, in a press conference, “I have been watching the Ravens the past couple of years, and I have seen nothing but amazing things. Just excited to be a part of a hungry team. So get ready to chase a Super Bowl.”
Bateman is joined by fellow Big Ten alum, Penn State’s Odafe Jayson Oweh. In the 2020 season, Oweh racked up 38 tackles (fourth on the team), including 20 solo tackles, and 6.5 tackles for loss. With Oweh, the Ravens have the luxury of a large outside linebacker, that offers speed as well; ran a 4.39 40-yard dash during his pro day.
“In regards to their defensive philosophy, I’m just ready to get after the ball.” said Odafe, “They’re doing it in all types of ways. So I’m ready to assert myself in that position, and help them.”
“You know, its just very humbling for me, cause I’m a very competitive guy, and I love to work for whatever I have. So, that puts me in a good situation to be in an environment, where I’m thriving, and just be able to work, and really earn it.”, said Odafe, when asked about how meaningful is it for him to go an organization that has a need for his skillset.
“We tried to think of the picks as really being in tandem.” said Eric DeCosta, when asked about the strategy behind two late first round picks. “What would be the best combination to ensure we would get two players that we were very excited about. It would be exciting to get one player at 27, but the idea to get the tandem, get two guys that we coveted, I think that was really the challenge, and I think it worked out pretty well for us.”