Monday, April 28, 2014
Draft-day trade that makes sense for Ravens
By Jamison Hensley
The Baltimore Ravens have traded back in the first round in 2008, 2010 and 2012. Sense a trend?
If the Ravens are open to once again moving down in 2014, ESPN's Mark Dominik suggests a draft-day trade scenario that I can easily see happening.
Dominik, the Buccaneers' general manager from 2009 to 2013, has the San Francisco 49ers giving up picks in the first (30th overall) and second round (No. 56) for the Ravens' No. 17 overall selection.
This makes a lot of sense given that the 49ers are looking for a deep threat and the Ravens traditionally are looking for more picks. At least one of the fastest wide receiver prospects, Oregon State's Brandin Cooks or LSU's Odell Beckham Jr., should be available when the Ravens are on the clock. The Ravens likely won't take a wide receiver this early in the first round after signing Steve Smith and re-signing Jacoby Jones.
If the Ravens make that deal, they would have three of the first 56 picks in the draft as well as five in the top 100. Eric DeCosta, the Ravens' assistant general manager, loves to say that they're in the "picks business."
It's also no secret the Ravens and the 49ers have a great working relationship considering the head coaches are brothers. Last year, the Ravens traded wide receiver Anquan Boldin to the 49ers for a sixth-round pick. This year, the teams announced they are going to have four joint practices after their preseason opener. No one would be surprised to see the Ravens and 49ers pull off another deal on draft day.
Who would be available at the bottom of the first round? The Ravens would still have plenty of options. They could take a defensive tackle (Florida State's Timmy Jernigan or Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman), an offensive tackle (Virginia's Morgan Moses or Alabama's Cyrus Kouandjio), a wide receiver (Indiana's Cody Latimer) a cornerback (TCU's Jason Verrett or Utah's Keith McGill) or a safety (Northern Illinois' Jimmie Ward or Washington State's Deone Bucannon).