Ravens Add Another Target For Joe Flacco In Maxx Williams


The Baltimore Ravens moved up ahead of their division rivals Pittsburgh Steelers to select Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams. The Ravens traded their second round (No. 58) and fifth round (No. 158) picks to the Arizona Cardinals to move up three spots.

I’m not going to knock a tight end selection made by a Hall of Fame tight end Ozzie Newsome, who serves as Baltimore’s general manager. Newsome killed two birds with one stone he helped his own team and possibly avoided playing against Williams twice each year against the Steelers.

Dennis Pitta has been unable to shake the injury bug and Owen Daniels’ departure left a huge void at tight end. Although I think last year’s third round selection Crockett Gillmore can develop into a very solid prospect, it appears that his progress in his limited time in the league left something to be desired with the Ravens moving up to take Williams.

Williams is viewed as the top tight end prospect in this year’s draft class after a stellar career at Minnesota. He is able to be a factor in both the running and passing game. With the addition of receiver Breshad Perriman in the first round and Williams in the second, the Ravens have made it a point to improve the targets surrounding quarterback Joe Flacco.

About Bo Marchionte

Bo Marchionte

Bo Marchionte is an NFL writer for Football Insiders and has covered the NFL for over a decade. His background includes being staff for the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star game as a talent evaluator for player personnel along with an internship scouting with the Toronto Argonauts and Winnipeg Blue Bombers for the Canadian Football League. Bo’s draft background includes working for the NFL Draft Bible and currently owns and operates He has done radio spots on NBC, Fox Sports and ESPN and their affiliates in different markets around the country. Bo covers the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Panthers along with other colleges in the northeast.