The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to a trade with the Atlanta Falcons. According to reports the Falcons get Hayden Hurst and a fourth round pick, while the Ravens get a second and fifth round pick. Here are three big things to think about:
1. A trade the Ravens couldn’t turn down:
The Baltimore Ravens made a trade with the Atlanta Falcons that they couldn’t really refuse. The Ravens had an overload of talent at the tight end position and Eric DeCosta is a general manager who likes to stock as many early draft picks as possible.
The Ravens now have two second round picks. The Ravens now will go into the NFL Draft with five picks in the first three rounds. That’s hard to turn down for an expendable player at a position of strength. Baltimore still has one of the best situations at tight end with Mark Andrews and Nick Boyle. Logistically it would have been almost impossible to say no to the Falcons.
The Ravens may or may not be done in free agency, however they are pushing the limits with the salary cap. They just worked out deals with Calais Campbell and Michael Brockers. If the Ravens don’t get a long-term deal done with Matt Judon, they are in a bad spot with the salary cap.
Trading Hurst, who was on a rookie contract, doesn’t really give the Ravens much cap relief. What it does do is offer more help in the NFL Draft. The Ravens needs aren’t taken care of completely. Baltimore needs more talent at wide receiver and inside linebacker is the biggest area of need. The picks will help.
The Ravens made a move that any team in the NFL would have made in the same position. Having two picks in the second round and two in the third round gives the Ravens the flexibility and options heading into the NFL Draft. If the Ravens make the right calls in April, there will be a Super Bowl caliber roster in Baltimore.