The Ravens officially signed 2018 third-round picks Orlando Brown Jr. and Mark Andrews to four-year contracts on Thursday.
Brown, the 83rd overall pick of last month’s draft, is expected to compete with veteran James Hurst for the starting right tackle job this summer. The 22-year-old was projected by some to be a first-round talent before a poor scouting combine performance hurt his stock, allowing the Ravens to grab him in the third round.
“Everybody knows I’m slow. I’m not the fastest guy — half of you could probably beat me running, honestly,” said Brown, the son of late former Ravens offensive tackle Orlando Brown. “That’s something that I continue to work on and I’m going to have to continue to work on during my career. My weight-room numbers aren’t the best, but football IQ — I’ve been around the game. My dad forced me to learn it.”
Andrews was selected with the 86th overall pick and is expected to compete for playing time in sub packages. Assistant general manager Eric DeCosta has compared him to former Raven Dennis Pitta, which could be good news for quarterback Joe Flacco and his affinity for pass-catching tight ends.
The Oklahoma product isn’t known for his blocking ability, but he has a chance to contribute immediately as a bigger slot option in sub packages.
“I haven’t got a lot of reps at doing [blocking] in college, but that’s something I’m going to learn,” Andrews said. “I think I’m going to thrive at it one day. I want to be a complete receiver, and one day I will be.”
The two signings leave first-round tight end Hayden Hurst and first-round quarterback Lamar Jackson as the only unsigned members of Baltimore’s 2018 draft class.