With the 25th pick in the 75th NFL Draft the Baltimore Ravens select….nobody.
Instead of making a pick, the Ravens opted to trade out of the first round and accumulate some more picks. Going in to this week, Baltimore was left with five picks due to trades for Marques Douglas (seventh-round pick to Tampa Bay) and to Arizona (third- and fourth-round) for Arizona. Now that a trade with the Denver Broncos for the 25th pick has been completed, Baltimore has seven picks in the draft.
For their selection, Baltimore received a second-round pick, giving them two picks in that round, a third-round pick, replacing the pick they trade to Arizona, and a fourth-round pick, which also replaces the pick Baltimore traded for Boldin.
The Broncos’ second-round pick that Baltimore received is the 43rd overall. This is a good spot in the draft because second-round selections are a lot like first-round picks, just cheaper with as much talent. It’s unpredictable to know what the Ravens will do, but if I had to guess, I’d say defensive tackle.
Third-round picks with the Ravens have had moderate success. Recently, Lardarius Webb, Tavares Gooden and Marshal Yanda have been taken during this round, but so have David Pittman, Musa Smith and Yamon Figurs. The pick acquired from Denver is the 70th overall. Suddenly, the Ravens went from having two picks in the first four rounds to having four picks, with three of those being in the top 70. Not too bad.
As for the fourth-round pick, Baltimore got pick 114. The pick that was traded to the Cardinals was the 118th. We’ll see how the Ravens let the draft board play out, but it was nice to see them accumulate some picks without trading any of their players.
Also of note, the picks that the Ravens acquired in the third- and fourth-rounds are higher picks than what they traded for Boldin. The Ravens traded pick 80 and 123 for their new receiver and got back 70 and 118.
Are you happy with Ozzie’s moves? or are you left wanting more?