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Orlando Brown Jr. trade winners, losers: Who made out best in Ravens-Chiefs swap? - Nate Davis


Eric DeCosta: It’s never ideal to export a Pro Bowler, but the Ravens GM has done a nice job turning a tricky situation to his advantage. When it became obvious Brown wouldn’t be satisfied remaining at right tackle, DeCosta got the right offer – flipping a former third-rounder in his walk year into a first-rounder at a time when the draft is flush with solid tackle prospects. DeCosta, who also needs to reload his pass rush, now owns nine picks, including multiple ones in Rounds 1, 3 and 4.


AFC aspirants: While it’s hardly fair to handicap the conference as a two-horse race between the Chiefs and Ravens – the Bills, Titans and Browns are all likely to remain legitimate threats in 2021 with other teams surely ascend – it does seem like Kansas City has recovered quite nicely from its Super Bowl embarrassment and will be a prohibitive favorite to win a third straight Lamar Hunt Trophy. The Ravens have gone 35-13 in three regular seasons since drafting Brown but have been one of the most adaptable franchises in the NFL during their 25 seasons. Expect them to remain at the forefront among the Chiefs’ challengers less than two years after running roughshod over the AFC courtesy of a 14-2 regular season.

Examining the Kansas City Chiefs trade for Baltimore Ravens tackle Orlando Brown - Spielberger & Eager

Orlando Brown Jr. has been the fifth-most valuable offensive tackle since entering the league in 2018 out of Oklahoma, earning the same amount of wins above replacement as his teammate Ronnie Stanley, who signed a five-year contract worth almost $100 million during the 2020 season.

Baltimore will undoubtedly be worse off in 2021 with the loss of a great young bookend on their offensive line — a unit that already lost a star left guard of 13 seasons in Marshal Yanda following the 2019 season.

The good news for Baltimore is that the 2021 Draft appears to have an elite crop of offensive tackle talent, including several top end players that already play on the right side. Oklahoma State’s Teven Jenkins, among others, could be the solution for the Ravens come April.

50 Words or Less - John Eisenberg

The Ravens must feel good about Ronnie Stanley’s chances of playing left tackle from the jump in 2021. Brown was a nice backup plan. To be clear, and this probably needs to be said: Stanley is the player the Ravens want there. Reports about his progress have been positive.

With Brown gone, the Ravens now have two holes to fill on their O-line, as they need a right tackle as well as a guard/center (depending on where Bradley Bozeman plays). My guess is it increases the likelihood of them using a high pick, probably a first, on an O-lineman.

I’m guessing the Ravens learned from their experience with Yannick Ngakoue, a good player who wasn’t as impactful as expected here. Keep that in mind when weighing potential draft targets. To play in Baltimore, an edge defender absolutely must set that edge and cover receivers as well as pressure quarterbacks.

Final 7-Round 2021 NFL Mock Draft - AJ Schulte

27. Baltimore Ravens: Joe Tryon, EDGE, Washington

Joe Tryon is a polarizing evaluation for many I’ve spoken to, as he’s a high-upside player. However, his fit with Baltimore is seamless to me. He’s a lithe and agile rusher who wins with length and athletic ability. He can drop into space and execute loops and stunts as well, something that Ravens DC Wink Martindale emphasizes in his edge rushers.

31. Baltimore Ravens (via KC): Alex Leatherwood, OT/OG, Alabama

There’s been a growing disrespect about Alex Leatherwood, but I’m still a believer in his ability. He’ll have to adjust moving over to right tackle, but he fits the pedigree that Baltimore looks for. Leatherwood’s technique in pass protection will need some fine-tuning, but I believe he can excel in Baltimore.

94. Baltimore Ravens (via KC): Robert Rochell, CB, Central Arkansas

Robert Rochell is a perfect fit. A member of Bruce Feldman’s Freaks List, Rochell posted a 9.65 RAS with an incredible 43-inch vertical and a 4.41 40-yard dash. On the field, he’s a man-coverage corner through and through. Rochell’s athleticism, ball skills, and competitive toughness all scream Baltimore Raven to me.

104. Baltimore Ravens: Amari Rodgers, WR, Clemson

Rodgers is a yards-after-catch machine with his play strength and acceleration. He won’t wow scouts with his 5’9″ frame, but he’s strong at the catch point and can hang over the middle of the field to make tough catches.

131. Baltimore Ravens

Tyler Shelvin, DT, LSU

Measuring in at 6’2″ and 350 pounds at his pro day, Shelvin is a massive force up the middle. He also has arguably the best anchor against double-teams in this class.

136. Baltimore Ravens (via KC)

David Moore, OG/C, Grambling State

171. Baltimore Ravens

Darius Stills, DT, West Virginia

184. Baltimore Ravens

Darius Hodge, EDGE, Marshall

210. Baltimore Ravens

Cornell Powell, WR, Clemson

2021 NFL Mock Draft: Falcons, Patriots take QBs in top 10 after 49ers go with surprise pick at No. 3 - Cody Benjamin

Round 1 - Pick 27

Jayson Oweh EDGE

PENN STATE • SOPH • 6’5” / 253 LBS

With Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue gone, the Ravens prioritize long-term pass-rushing help with one of the most physically gifted edge-rushers of the class.

Round 1 - Pick 31

Alex Leatherwood OL

ALABAMA • SR • 6’6” / 312 LBS

After dealing starting OT Orlando Brown Jr. to the Chiefs, the Ravens look to bolster their own front with Leatherwood, who offers the size and skills to play either inside or outside.