The NFL Draft kicks off tonight, and the Baltimore Ravens stand as candidates to move around the board. But could they trade for another first-round pick?
With the NFL Draft just hours away, it feels like we’ve looked at every possible scenario for the Baltimore Ravens at this point. They could trade down, trade up, or stand pat and take the best player available when they’re on the clock at 28th overall. But there’s still a scenario I think hasn’t gotten enough attention.
Could the Baltimore Ravens trade back into the first round?
Perhaps it’s unlikely, but what if, say, Kenneth Murray and Denzel Mims are both on the board when Baltimore goes on the clock? Both would make fantastic additions to the team’s roster, and neither is likely to be on the board when they go back on the clock with the 55th pick. If the front office is convinced that two players are worth having fifth-year options on, and are “their guys,” it could make plenty of sense to go up and get another late first-round pick.
The Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers, who pick 29th and 31st, are both reportedly looking to trade down, and with a pair of picks in the second, third, and fourth rounds, Baltimore has the ammo necessary to jump back into the late first round.
This obviously wouldn’t be a move the Ravens make just for the sake of having two first-rounders. But while it has been observed that there may not be a player available in the late first that the team feels is worth taking, there is also a scenario where there are multiple players available that Baltimore feels is worthy of taking before Day two.
There is something to be said for leaving draft weekend having made a lot of picks, which is a strategy that the Baltimore Ravens are known for employing. But if there do end up being multiple coveted players left towards the end of the night tonight, it could also be incredibly appealing to a team coming off a 14-2 season to enter 2020 with a pair of new first-round talents to plug in.