Steelers 'steal' Calvin Austin III from Ravens, selecting WR just before Baltimore would have, per report

The Baltimore Ravens draft haul has actually been hailed as one of the very best from this previous weekend. But thanks to their most significant competitor, Baltimore was unable to get one specific gamer they were wanting to choose in the 4th round. 

The Ravens were wanting to obtain previous Memphis receiver Calvin Austin III with the 139th total choice. But prior to they could, the Steelers prepared Austin with the 138th total choice. Baltimore, who rather of preparing Austin chosen previous Penn State punter Jordan Stout with the 130th total choice, picked Coastal Carolina tight end Isaiah Likely with the 139th choice. 

“Gotta be kidding me,” somebody inside the Ravens’ draft space stated after the Steelers prepared Austin, according to NBC Sports’ Peter King. 

Instead of going to Baltimore, Austin is heading to Pittsburgh, who previously in the draft contributed to their getting corps by choosing previous Georgia receiver George Pickens. While on the little side, the 5-foot-9 Austin is a rapid, explosive gamer who has the capability to make plays from both the slot in addition to on the exterior. He can likewise be an element out of the backfield on jet sweeps and bubble screens. 

“Calvin’s a smaller guy, a stop-start guy, punt return capable,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin stated of Calvin, who ran a 4.32 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. “It seems like, over the last several years, the offensive skill positions at Memphis, they’ve had a lot of dynamic playmakers, and he’s just the latest. We’re excited to add him.” 

The Ravens did not prepare a receiver in spite of trading Marquise Brown to the Arizona Cardinals on the opening night of the draft. In the trade for Brown, the Ravens got the 23rd total choice, which they later on traded to the Bills in exchange for the 25th and 130th total choices. Baltimore chosen previous Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum with the 25th total choice and Stout with the 130th choice. 

Baltimore’s present getting corps is led by Rashod Bateman, Devin Duvernay, and James Proche II. The Ravens launched 2019 third-round choice Miles Boykin previously this offseason. Ironically, Boykin was rapidly signed by the Steelers, who are hoping that Boykin can complete a getting corps that likewise consists of Austin, Pickens, Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool. 

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