Move the Sticks - Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks
7) Derrius Guice, LSU Draft class: 2018 The skinny: It’s hard to believe Guice and Leonard Fournette played in the same backfield. How did LSU not win more games?
I spoke to several different teams about which players impressed during the evening interviews at the combine, and Brown’s name was mentioned by multiple teams. He presented himself very well and evaluators came away impressed with both his football knowledge and his personality. Now, I believe his poor workout hurt his draft stock, but I think it’s still possible that Brown -- once considered a likely first-rounder -- could get picked in the second round, and I would be surprised if he lasted past the third round
As always, informative nuggets from this duo of former personnel men. Guice was the second ranked running back of the 2018 crop, behind 2017 Day 2 picks Dalvin Cook and Alvin Kamara when the last three draft classes were combined. With boards crystalizing, it appears selecting any back besides Saquon Barkley in the first round would be a reach. Meanwhile, Orlando Brown’s draft day journey will be fascinating. The Ravens could do much worse than landing the massive blocker in the third round.
Ravens release DB Lardarius Webb - Logan Levy
The Baltimore Ravens have reportedly cut defensive back Lardarius Webb, per his twitter account. According to SpoTrac, this move will save Baltimore $1,750,000 in cap-space, while having $800,000 in dead money. It is worth noting, Webb was cut last season, but later re-signed with the team for a cheaper deal. Last offseason, Webb signed a three-year deal worth $6.3 million.
Webb played just 34-percent of the Ravens defensive snaps last season, but notched two sacks and played a role in three takeaways. Worth noting, the front office would have an additional $2.1 million in cap space to use this offseason if they never re-signed Webb last year. Once one of the premier cover men in the game, a series of injuries derailed his career. Best of luck in your future endeavors Lardarius.
RAVENS RE-SIGN VERSATILE OFFENSIVE LINEMAN JAMES HURST TO 4-YEAR DEAL - Ryan Mink
The Ravens re-signed versatile offensive lineman James Hurst to a four-year deal, the team announced Monday afternoon, just as the legal tampering window of free agency opened.
The deal is valued at $17.5 million with $8 million guaranteed, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The average salary of $4.4 million would rank 25th among NFL guards, per Spotrac, and he brings additional value because of his versatility.
Perhaps a bit rich for a player with only one solid season under his belt, but that is the new normal players still in the prime of their NFL careers. This move essentially guarantees the Ravens will be moving on without unrestricted free agent center Ryan Jensen. Adding stability and depth to the offensive line is always a smart decision, unless of course Hurst’s re-signing prompts the Ravens to release one of their other 2017 starters.
Bengals land Cordy Glenn in trade with Bills - Jason Marcum
According to ESPN reporter Josina Anderson, the Bengals are trading for Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Cordy Glenn. According to NFL Network reporter Peter Schrager, the Bengals will swap first-round picks with Buffalo, moving from No. 12 to the No. 21 pick in Round 1. The Bengals will get the Bills’ fifth-round pick, and the Bills get the Bengals’ sixth-round pick.
Potentially a major upgrade for a Bengals line that struggled after stalwart Andrew Whitworth signed with the Rams, if Glenn can stay healthy. The Ravens sacked Andy Dalton five times in their Week 1 victory last year, but managed just one sack in their Week 17 loss. The reported swap of draft picks could also impact Baltimore, both the potential to trade down as well as which prospects are available at #16.