1. Ravens trade a first and a third-round pick for Terry McLaurin
It’s always hard to gauge exactly what the value of a star player like Terry McLaurin is, but fortunately, we can use prior precedent to predict what a trade package could look like.
McLaurin is far from the first star wide receiver to be the subject of trade rumors this offseason. With the wide receiver market exploding, teams have been forced to reevaluate their cap situations.
That ultimately led to the Tennessee Titans’ decision to trade A.J. Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles on draft day in exchange for first and third-round picks.
McLaurin and Brown share many similarities and we could use the Brown trade to estimate what McLaurin’s value might be. Both players were drafted back in 2019 and have posted similar stat lines with two 1,000-yard seasons under their belt.
In this scenario, the Ravens simply follow the blueprint that the Eagles and Titans laid out in the Brown trade. They send next year’s first and third-round picks to Washington in exchange for their new WR1.
The Ravens add McLaurin to a suddenly stacked skill position group also featuring the likes of Mark Andrews, Rashod Bateman, and J.K. Dobbins while the Commanders recoup significant capital for a player they might not have re-signed.
It’s a win-win all-around. If the Commanders are going to trade McLaurin to their AFC neighbors, this is the most straightforward proposal.