ESPN’s Mel Kiper and the NFL Networks Mike Mayock suggest that the Ravens may trade down if Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith is not available for them to select as the 26th overall pick.
As BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink points out, Kiper projected the Ravens to select Smith in his latest mock draft, but now believes that the cornerback will be selected midway through the first round.
“I still think they’re a logical trade-down candidate,” Mayock said a couple hours after Kiper. “They’re hoping to get two picks in the second round. I think the vertical receiver and the rush guy are the two they’d love to get.”
It’s a scenario Baltimore is quite familiar with, having traded their original pick each of the past three years and four of the last five. For the first time in franchise history, the Ravens traded out of the first round entirely last year.
A fan favorite choice, Maryland’s Torrey Smith, appears to be “fading” according to Mink. He’s now looking to be more of a second round candidate.