Ravens turning down trades for Roger Rosengarten shows faith in stud RT

Rosengarten will be a part of Baltimore's future
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The Baltimore Ravens are extremely excited to unleash both of their first two picks in the 2024 NFL Draft. While the Ravens turned down eight trade offers to select Clemson cornerback Nate Wiggins in the first round, the Ravens were also intrigued by Washington right tackle Roger Rosengarten in the second round.

Baltimore has a very unsettled tackle situation, as Ronnie Stanley is on his last legs as a starter and Morgan Moses was traded to the Jets early in the offseason. Rosengarten was added to be a long-term piece who could make an impact in 2024 as an immediate starter.

Rosengarten was picked during a run on offensive linemen in the second round, as six offensive tackles were selected in between picks No. 55 and No. 68. Teams were trying to trade up with Baltimore, but Eric DeCosta was insisting on getting "his guy" in the second round.

According to footage of the Ravens' draft room recently released on social media, DeCosta was seen turning down multiple trade offers, saying there was no way he could move down and still select Rosengarten. If that doesn't show confidence in Rosengarten and his ability, nothing will.

Baltimore Ravens refused trades to select Roger Rosengarten in NFL Draft

Rosengarten was reportedly being eyed by the San Francisco 49ers at No. 63 overall. If Baltimore traded down, John Lynch would have likely snatched Rosengarten up. San Francisco eventually moved down one spot, allowing Kansas City to take BYU's Kingsley Suamataia while they took Florida State CB Renardo Green.

Rosengarten won't be handed a starting spot right away, as he will need to fight it out with former fourth-round pick Daniel Faalele and veteran free agent signing Josh Jones. In terms of pure talent, however, Rosengarten should be able to eventually beat out both of those two.

Rosengarten didn't allow a sack during his final two seasons at Washington, where he served as the blindside protector for left-handed gunslinger Michael Penix Jr. While his run-blocking is improved, his tremendous pass protection footwork, hand placement, and power will be his calling cards in the pros.

DeCosta may have nailed it in the draft once again, as the Ravens appear to have drafted two immediate starters with their first two picks. Once Rosengarten gets acclimated to the speed of the professional game, he should be able to carve out a terrific career as one of Jackson's top linemen.