Isaiah Likely, a versatile Cambridge tight end who played at Everett High School and Coastal Carolina, went 139th to the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.
“It was a surreal moment,” Likely told the Globe. “I was like a little boy in a candy store. It was what I dreamed of since I was little.”
Probably, who is 6-foot-4, 245 pounds, recorded 59 catches for 912 yards and 12 touchdowns en route to first-team All-Sun Belt honors last season. He’s totaled 2,050 receiving yards and 27 touchdowns throughout his career — both school records among tight ends.
He joins close friend Lewis Cine — who ranked 32nd overall for the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday — as members of the 2017 Everett State Championship team to hear their names called in 2022.
He likely said he “already had the cake” when he arrived in Everett, and the school helped him “add the frosting” to prepare for college and eventually the NFL. He and Cine talked every day about making this a reality, and they called each other up right away when they were cast.
“We’re going to show the NFL that the Massachusetts ball isn’t soft,” Likely said.
Ready to work💜😈 https://t.co/WKsH9bkNrI
— Likely Isaiah (@DaGorilla4) May 1, 2022
Cine echoed those thoughts and made it clear that there is a lot of mutual admiration and respect between the two.
“It’s really awesome,” Cine told The Globe. “Isaiah and I grew up together and played together. We watched each other play college ball. He did his thing and I did mine.
He likely believes his versatility will go a long way as he tries to find some playing time with the Ravens as a rookie. He’s used to having something to prove, so that’s nothing new. He thinks the Ravens have all the pieces they need to qualify for the Super Bowl.
ESPN’s Todd McShay called Probably a “bloated wide receiver” who can separate and create down. He sees him as another weapon for quarterback Lamar Jackson in an already deep tight end room that includes veteran Mark Andrews and fellow rookie Charlie Kolar, among others. McShay said the Ravens will have the chance to run several tight sets.
“I really like Isaiah Likely,” McShay said. “I’m surprised it lasted so long. It’s been on my best available for a while. I think as a road runner and receiver he is instinctive.
In other local news, the Indianapolis Colts selected Yale defensive back Rodney Thomas with the 239th overall pick. Thomas, who moved from linebacker to safety this season, has a vertical jump of 41 inches and a wide jump of 127 inches. He was a 2021 All-Ivy League first-team selection. Andrew Stueber of Darien, Connecticut, a University of Michigan offensive lineman, went to the seventh round against the Patriots (245th overall). Homegrown products such as center Alec Lindstrom (Dudley, Boston College), quarterback EJ Perry (Andover, Brown University) and tight end Trae Barry (Boston College), who were lucky enough to be drafted, did not hear their names called.
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