The Baltimore Ravens originally had the 36th overall pick in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft with a pass rusher in Noah Spence and linebacker Myles Jack on the board. Jack, in some big boards prior to the draft, was considered as top five player overall as he was even compared to Ravens legend Ray Lewis. Spence has his off the field issues, but when he is focused, some compared his game to outside linebacker Vonn Miller.
The Ravens would go on to select pass rusher Kamalei Correa from Boise State with the 42nd overall pick.
Here's what happened in the second round:
- The Ravens not only traded once, but twice. The Ravens originally traded back two spots with the Jacksonville Jaguars to the 38th overall pick. The Ravens would receive a fifth round pick (146 overall) in return.
- The Ravens traded the 38th overall pick with the Dolphins and received the 42nd overall pick and a fourth round pick (107 overall) in return.
Honestly, if you told a Ravens fan or anyone else a week ago that the Ravens would pass on Jack and Spence with the 36th overall pick, many would have thought that everyone in the Ravens front office lost their collective minds. But at this point in time, it is clear that the Ravens were not as high on Jack and Spence the way a lot of people have been.
It his hard to argue with the Ravens as the team has done extensive research on Correa, Jack and Spence and the Ravens ended liking Correa better especially considering that the Ravens traded back twice. It is also hard to argue with the Ravens considering that nobody has played a down to begin the 2016 season.
Correa is a good player and will surprise a lot of people going forward with his speed off the edge.