Baltimore Ravens Mock Draft: A big trade back finding compliments to Odell Beckham Jr.

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A few days ago, the Ravens may have made a franchise-altering move when they signed free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to a 1-year deal. Not only did they get a proven weapon for their offense, but Baltimore very well could have saved their franchise's future.

Of course, that's referring to the stand-off between the Ravens and quarterback Lamar Jackson, who requested a trade about a month or so ago. Until now, the thought had become that Jackson might just wind up in another uniform in 2023.

The signing of Beckham now gives many a sense of reassurance that Jackson will, indeed, play out the 2023 season on the tag. He and Beckham have a great relationship, and there's belief that Beckham wouldn't have signed if he didn't think Jackson was going to be under center this season.

Now, moving forward, the Ravens still have more work to do. Offensively, they don't want to give Jackson any indication they're not behind him 100 percent, should he play out the year in Baltimore. To go with Beckham, Baltimore should opt to use some draft capital on additional weapons for their former MVP and starting quarterback.

In our latest 2023 mock draft, the Ravens trade back in the first round while adding complimentary pieces to Odell Beckham Jr. and the offense

. Will McDonald IV. 1. player. . EDGE. . 461

With their first pick officially coming at the end of the first round, the Ravens use their selection on Iowa State edge rusher Will McDonald IV. The 6-foot-4 pass rusher has been a riser as of late, and finds himself barely squeezing into the first round.

Baltimore desperately needs more help at the edge position, and McDonald gives them a guy with an enormous ceiling. At 6-foot-4, 239 pounds, McDonald is an athletically-built rusher with remarkable bend and violent hands.

Over the last four seasons with Iowa State, McDonald has tallied 39.5 tackles for loss including 33.0 sacks. Last year was a little down in terms of numbers, but McDonald's physical attributes still have NFL defensive coordinators salivating at his potential.