Ravens trade back to land 2 starters in 2024 NFL Mock Draft

Will Baltimore prioritize quantity over quality?
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While the Baltimore Ravens are currently in possession of the No. 30 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, fans should not underestimate GM Eric DeCosta and his willingness to move back in the order with the goal of vacuuming up more mid-round draft choices.

Baltimore is in a position to get offensive line help and another star pass catcher for Lamar Jackson. However, with how deep this class is, the Ravens might be better off using their first-rounder as a trade chip that leads to them moving back and dominating Day 2 of the Draft.

In the latest mock draft from Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, the Ravens traded all the back to No. 44 overall to select BYU offensive tackle Kingsley Suamataia. Baltimore followed that surprising mobe with Rutgers cornerback Max Melton coming off the board at No. 62 overall.

Now armed with the No. 77 and No. 93 overall picks, Zrebiec projected the Ravens to continue adding to their offense. The first of those two third-rounders was used on Washington wide receiver Ja'Lynn Polk, with the second bringing Kansas offensive lineman Dominick Puni to town.

Baltimore Ravens add Kingsley Suamataia, Max Melton in 2024 NFL Mock Draft

Suamataia lacks great hand placement and footwork, but he's everything Baltimore could ask for in terms of physicality, mobility, and aggression at the left tackle spot. As either a starting right tackle or eventual successor to Ronnie Stanley, Suamataia could be appealing enough to grab in the second round.

Melton has legitimate 4.4 speed and has shown that he can handle receivers both in the slot and on the outside. His best trait might be his ball skills, as he is far above most corners in this class when it comes to locating the football and making plays on it in the air. He could be a quality CB3 as a rookie with room to grow.

Polk had the benefit of playing in a wide-open offense alongside QB Michael Penix Jr. and fellow 2024 draft prospects Rome Odunze and Jalen McMillan. On his own merit, however, Polk is a worthy Day 2 player. Sharp route-running, great hands, and a big catch radius will all help him stick in the pros.

Puni is a true switchblade on the offensive line, as he has been projected at both guard and tackle in this process. With solid power and technique as well as some impressive tape from his final season in Lawrence, Puni seems like a lock to be picked on Day 2.