2. This is a trade down draft, not a trade up draft:
I’ve seen a lot of mock drafts with the Ravens trading up to get a player like Jerry Jeudy. It’s not something I would advocate for the Ravens. If a top five wide receiver is there at 28 (It won’t be Jeudy) the Ravens should probably take him. If not, the Ravens should either pick at 28 or trade back. This draft class is loaded with solid players. Outside of wide receivers and offensive tackles, the elite talent doesn’t go very far. The Ravens should get as many of these solid players on board as they can.
The Ravens have to get their first selection right, yet that is true about every draft class. The heart of this draft class is going to be from the second round through the fourth. This reminds me of the 2018 draft where the Ravens got Mark Andrews and Orlando Brown Jr. in the third round. I also think it’s very possible that the Ravens can find an equivalent prospect to Bradley Bozeman late in this draft. The first pick is huge yet this is a draft class that will be graded on the overall haul. Like the Ravens did in 2018, they should work the draft in a way that gives them the most overall picks.
In 2018 the Ravens made 12 draft picks. Five of those picks were hits and the jury is still out on DeShon Elliott. Kenny Young wasn’t a hit but the Rams didn’t know that and he ended up helping the Ravens get Marcus Peters. If the Ravens have four to five hits in this draft, they will be a crazy stacked team with good depth. The Ravens should maximize their draft haul. They need to make this roster the best one they ever had in Baltimore, because a Super Bowl is very possible.