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Report: Ravens attempted trade for DeAndre Hopkins; may trade up for a receiver

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According to Michael Silver, the Ravens attempted to trade for star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins before he was traded to the Arizona Cardinals for a second-round pick in this year’s draft, a 2021 fourth-round pick, and running back David Johnson.

Second-year general manager Eric DeCosta has acknowledged the desire to continue adding playmakers around quarterback Lamar Jackson. Baltimore currently owns the 28th pick in the first round of the draft, and the consensus is that the top four wide receivers will be gone by then. Players such as Baylor’s Denzel Mims, USC’s Michael Pittman Jr., and TCU’s Jalen Reagor are a few potential options at 28, though it may be a little too early for any of them to come off of the board.

Another possibilty is that DeCosta trades up for one of the top receivers, according to Ian Rapoport.

The Ravens currently own four picks in the top 100, including 28, 55, 60, and 92. They could certainly assemble a package that would land them a top-15 pick, but it is currently unclear just how steep the price would be. Trading up that high would potentially put Baltimore in the conversation for one of the three top receivers, Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb, Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III. LSU’s Justin Jefferson could be an option as well without having to give up quite as much to move into his range.

DeCosta spoke of making an “undefendable offense” this offseason, and adding one of the top three playmakers in the draft would certainly bring that idea closer to reality.