Deep draft has Ravens in usual mindset of trading down, adding picks - Jamison Hensley
“Our only problem right now is we don’t have enough draft picks,” Harbaugh said.
On the surface, Baltimore is in adequate shape in terms of number of picks. The Ravens’ eight selections put them in the middle of the league.
But Baltimore, which has more pressing needs entering this draft than recent ones, has only one of the first 84 picks in this year’s draft because it traded its second-rounder last year to move up to take quarterback Lamar Jackson. The last time the Ravens had that few that early was 2004.
The reality of the situation is the Ravens are truly never satisfied.
”You never have enough draft picks, or high enough draft picks, in your mind to address everything that you want to do as far as your roster goes,” Harbaugh said.
Baltimore’s first round pick is valued at 780 points by the trade value chart. If a trade partner emerges, #22 overall could fetch two selections in the middle portion of the second round.
6. Ravens move back to recoup picks
Even if they were to get lucky and have a talent like Devin Bush slip to them at No. 22, how much of a difference is he going to make in the wins column? This team isn’t one player away, and they should be in the market to move down at least once, potentially out of the first round altogether, to get multiple players on Day 2 who can contribute. If they can get the Patriots to give up No. 32 and either No. 64 or 73, that’s a start. The Eagles, Texans and Colts all have multiple second-round picks and could be trade partners as well.
If I were the Ravens, I’d be looking to move down twice and end up with seven picks in the first four rounds, which would go a long way to rebuilding their depth. And this is an absurdly deep receiver class where I think difference makers will be available with those extra picks in Rounds 3 and 4.
At this point of the offseason, approximately 45 spots on the the Ravens 53-man regular season roster are already spoken for. If Eric DeCosta accumulates extra Day 2 picks by trading down, packaging several Day 3 picks to move up for a better prospect would help prevent a roster crunch that forces the stash or release of multiple late round 2018 and 2019 selections.
Mecole Hardman, Georgia Junior; 5-foot-10, 187 pounds
2018: 35 receptions, 543 yards, 7 touchdowns Hardman is a blazing speedster who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.33 seconds at the Combine. He can take the top off opposing defenses and threaten them underneath with his quickness. He’s also a dynamic special teams returner.
Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion Senior; 6-foot-3, 253 pounds
2018: 58 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 1 interception Ximines led the Monarchs in sacks and tackles for loss ever since his redshirt freshman season. He was highly productive against the lower level of competition. Kiper: “You could see him drop maybe down that far.”
David Long Jr., West Virginia Junior; 5-foot-11, 227 pounds
2018: 108 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, 7 sacks Long is a hard-hitting, penetrating linebacker who isn’t afraid to take chances to make plays. He doesn’t have ideal size, but that hasn’t stopped the Ravens before.
Bryce Love, Stanford Senior; 5-foot-9, 200 pounds
2018: 166 carries, 739 yards, 6 touchdowns; 20 receptions, 99 yards Love was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2017 when he ran for 2,118 yards and scored 19 touchdowns. His 2018 season was hampered by a lingering injury and ended by a torn ACL, so there are injury question marks. He’s an explosive runner who once had 15 straight games with at least one carry of 30 or more yards. Kiper: “If he didn’t get hurt against Cal with the knee, he would probably in the second- or third-round discussion. Maybe now he drops down a round or two more than you would think.”
Hardman and Love possess the game-breaking speed to complement the deception Lamar Jackson provides.
FINAL 2019 WR RANKINGS AND TAKEAWAYS - Joe Marino
JJ ARCEGA-WHITESIDE IS MORE THAN A JUMP BALL SPECIALIST
Arcega-Whiteside is a detailed route-runner that is incredibly nuanced in his releases. I love how he deploys a variety of hand techniques, footwork, angles and body fakes to clear press coverage and set up his route stems to gain leverage. He’ll be a heck of a consolation prize for a team that misses out on Metcalf, Harry, Butler, Harmon on Brown.
DK IS WR1
To me, he has the highest ceiling of any offensive prospect in this year’s class. He is a rare blend of size, strength and speed and it has led to dominance on those traits alone. On the linear plane, Metcalf can be too much to handle. Give him chances to win after the catch, ask him to cross the face of the corner or send him on a vertical route and there are very few people on the planet that can match up with him.
His doubters also like to point to his lack of production at Ole Miss. At the point Metcalf’s 2018 campaign was over due to injury, he had 569 receiving yards and five touchdowns. AJ Brown had 586 yards and four touchdowns.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder with the 2019 receivers. Less than two weeks from the draft, as many as five different players are considered the top wideout on various big boards.