Desert Mountain Alum Mark Andrews Drafted By Ravens

Desert Mountain wide receiver Mark Andrews, along with his teammate and good friend Kyle Allen, teamed up to be one of the most recruited tandems in Arizona history.

Andrews, a 6-foot-5, 254-pound pass catcher was a matchup nightmare for opposing high school defenses, bringing in 207 receptions for 3,674 yards and 48 touchdowns in three years with the Wolves. Not much changed when the Army All-American got to the college ranks. Andrews played his college ball at Oklahoma. Allen started his career at Texas A&M before transferring to Houston.

Now, the Baltimore Ravens will see if he can continue to create mismatches in the NFL after drafting Andrews in the third round with the 86th overall pick.

The pass-catcher transitioned from wide receiver to tight end and thrived under Lincoln Riley’s offense.

As a junior, Andrews won the Mackey Award, awarded to the top college tight end in the country, tallying 62 receptions for 958 yards and eight touchdowns. In his three years in Norman, he scored 22 touchdowns.

Predominantly lining up as a receiver, Andrews paired up with 2017 Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield to connect for a college football-leading 10 deep passes last year.

Pro Football Focus assesses Andrews as follows:

Andrews was essentially a slot receiver at Oklahoma and he can fill multiple roles at the next level due to his athleticism and ball skills. Like most receiving tight ends in the class, he has work to do in the run game, but he’s capable of lining up in the slot, out wide, or in an H-back role and creating mismatches for opposing defenses. Usage will be key, as Andrews works to improve as an in-line blocker, but he has the receiving skills to make an immediate impact.

What’s Next For Mark Andrews

Andrews will join another tight end in the Ravens draft class in South Carolina Hayden Hurst. Andrews will follow in the footsteps of former Mesa Mountain View and ASU alumni Todd Heap as a Ravens tight end.