Ravens trade back, get exactly what they need in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft

Baltimore doesn't overthink this one, but instead makes some sensible decisions.

Baltimore Ravens, 2024 NFL Draft
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After coming up just one game short of the Super Bowl, the Baltimore Ravens enter the offseason needing to continue building around quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Some might blame Jackson for the team's loss in the AFC Championship Game, but it's clear that the quarterback needs more help around him.

Baltimore will go into the 2024 NFL Draft with the no. 30 pick in the first round, and the Ravens need more than just some additional talent on offense.

To kick things off in our latest mock, the Ravens acquire a little more capital.

The Ravens begin this 2024 mock draft with a trade back in the first round

Cardinals trade

Baltimore moves back with the Arizona Cardinals, sliding back five picks and also adding a fifth-round pick in the process. With their first-round selection, the Ravens go after a guy who could become that true no. 1 wide receiver this offense has been lacking.

. 2. 467. Adonai Mitchell. . player. . Adonai Mitchell. WR. Adonai Mitchell

When I watch Mitchell, I see a tall-framed wide receiver who separates well on deeper routes. He is a smooth mover who can actually separate better than some might think. At the top of his routes is where he wins regularly, which is why you can find him so open on a lot of his deeper touchdown receptions.

Mitchell's body control is also impressive. While he's not a quick-twitch athlete who can make one cut and be gone, Mitchell is more of the true outside presence who establishes himself as an alpha. He has a knack for using his shoulders to really fool defensive backs. Watching him before his route breaks, defensive backs will many times guess the wrong direction, leaving Mitchell wide open for a big play.

He might be a little thin at 194 pounds (he's 6-foot-4) but Mitchell uses his size to his advantage and does, in fact, have enough play strength. This past season, the Texas standout caught 55 passes for 845 yards and 11 touchdowns.