Jan 26, 2013; Mobile, AL, USA; Senior Bowl south squad offensive lineman Lane Johnson of Oklahoma (69) prior to kickoff of a game against the Senior Bowl north squad at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Are The Ravens Prepping For A Monster Trade?

I have been saying for weeks that I beleived the Ravens would trade up in the first round of this draft. I was not expecting this though.


The Baltimore Sun Is reporting that the Ravens are making calls in attempt to go get Lane Johnson, The Tackle from Oklahoma. Now, for those of you who don’t follow the draft closely, Johnson is pretty universally considered a top 10 pick, and likely has a floor of 7 to the Cardinals. The most likely trade partners would be the Browns(6) the Lions(5) and the Eagles(4). All three teams are desperately trying to trade out of the top 10.


Johnson is a great looking pro, but this would be an incredibly expensive trade up. It would probably cost the Ravens their 32nd pick, their second rounder, their next years 1st rounder and maybe throw in another mid round pick somewhere. The Ravens are in desperate need of a LT, but im not sure anything is worth that much.


The thing working in the Ravens favor is that a handful of experts agree that trading up is relatively cheap in this years draft because of the lack of elite talent(if you dont need a LT that is). It might not coast as much as it cost the Falcons a couple years ago to go get Julio Jones. The Sun says that the Ravens will only go up at a “reasonable” price. If that price spares them having to give up their second rounder(there is no way they could avoid giving up next years first), then the trade isnt all bad. The could go get Johnson and then still come away with a good safety or Sio moore in the second round, probably not have a third rounder and then come back in the 4th and 5th rounds where, because of the depth of this draft, they could be getting second and third round talent. if ever there was a draft worth giving up a lot to trade way up, this is it.


One thing that gives this rumor some backbone, when was the last time you heard a first rounder seriously linked to the Ravens? every player they have been linked to is a mid rounder and they have worked out a surprisingly low number of projected first rounders. That could lead to the idea that they have been thinking about this all along.


If the Ravens believe that johnson is the next great LT in the league, and they don’t like the guys they think will be at 32, then i say go for it. LT is clearly the biggest hole on the roster. Johnson looks like a 10 year starter and has perhaps the highest potential of any of the three stud LTs. This would be a pretty good move because as long as the Ravens pick late in the first round, they probably arent going to be coming across any left tackles any time soon.

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  • LJ Spivak

    Honestly, I think Preston has this one wrong too. If the Ravens were seriously doing this, I really doubt they’d let it leak. They have been incredibly good at not telegraphing their intentions. About the only way I see this working is if the team deliberately let this leak to see if one of the target teams might be prompted to give them a call and make a reasonable offer. Or maybe they just gave Preston a lousy tip as pay back for the Ed Reed not wanted here story.

    • Tynan Patrick

      I agree, but in this day and age it is tough to keep something like this under wraps. if the Ravens are making calls then all it takes is some other team employee from the team the Ravens are trying to trade with leaking something or one of the teams trying to trade down leaking it to show that other teams are interested and start a bidding war. I don’t think a leak would come from inside the Ravens, but it doesn’t necessarily had to have some from them. The only reason i am giving this some credibility is because in this draft it makes sense because you can give up high picks and still get good players in the 3rd-5th rounds and not miss out too much. next years first round doesnt look especially stong on the back en either so giving up a next year 1 wouldnt be as horrible as it is many years(kind of like giving up this pick last year wouldnt have been that bad because the late 1st round sucks).