Baltimore Ravens: Trading out of first round of 2020 NFL Draft makes sense

Baltimore Ravens. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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The 2020 NFL Draft is coming up and the Baltimore Ravens have the 28th pick. It might make sense for them to trade out of the first round.

Throughout the Baltimore Ravens draft history, trading down or completely out of the first round has been something that they love to do. The Ravens place a lot of value into each pick they make and always look for ways to acquire more picks when they can. In the upcoming draft, the Ravens trading out of the first round might make more sense than standing pat with the 28th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

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The 2020 NFL draft class is a deep one, but it is especially deep at positions that the Ravens need to shore up. The draft class is teeming with wide receivers, pass rushers, and defensive lineman. All of which the Ravens need.

While there is a possibility that a player the Ravens really value could be around at the time the Ravens are picking in the first round, there is an argument to be made that they could get a player with a similar talent level in the second round. Also, the haul that the Ravens could get by trading away their first-round pick might be too much to pass up. For example, let’s say the Ravens receive a second, third and a late-round pick for trading away their first-round pick. That would be a nice haul, considering recent mock drafts have players like Tee Higgins and Jalen Reagor falling out of the first round. If the Ravens could pick up an elite receiver and a great pass rusher for the price of one pick, they would probably do it.

This is going to be an important draft for the Ravens, with free agency looming there is an air of uncertainty with the team and their ability to replicate their 2019 success. The 2020 Ravens team could be very different because players like Michael Pierce, Matt Judon, and Jimmy Smith are free agents. Not only do those players need to be replaced if they leave, but the wide receiving group was also one of the worst in the NFL. The Ravens are already expected to have quite a few picks in the draft, adding even more picks will be something that could be attractive to the Ravens. Depending on how the compensatory picks shake out, coupled with a trade out of the first round, the Ravens could be looking at 11 or more picks in the 2020 NFL draft.

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Listening to Eric Decosta at the combine, it sounds like he will take a swing at a receiver in either the second or third round. It would be a dream scenario for the Ravens to have additional picks in those rounds to address other holes on the team. The Ravens have needs and there are players in the first round that can help right away, but with the amount of depth in this draft, it would not shock me for the Ravens to pass on a good player and acquire more picks.