Because the Baltimore Ravens traded back in round 1 of the 2019 NFL Draft to select Marquise Brown, they could look to use those two extra picks to move up into round 2.
The Baltimore Ravens handled round 1 beautifully in Eric DeCosta’s first official draft as the general manager. Trading back from Pick 22 to 25 with the Philadelphia Eagles to still select his guy in Oklahoma wide receiver Marquise Brown was a well-planned move. But that does not mean that they are done with the receiver position. With the additional picks gotten from the trade (4th round- Pick 127 and 6th round- Pick 197), they could look to trade up for a premier player that could fill a need. Here are some of those needs and players that would be targeted by the Ravens on day 2 of the 2019 NFL Draft.
The Ravens have two 3rds, three 4ths, a 5th, and 3 6th round picks as of now to potentially use to trade up on day 2 of the draft.
Some positions I could them trading up or taking at their pick are a wide receiver, interior offensive line, edge rusher, and inside linebacker. With the surprising players that fell out of round 1, the depth is at the interior offensive line at the top of round 2 is exciting, as some are 1st round caliber players. At the interior offensive line, I could see the Ravens trying to trade up for Erik McCoy (Texas A&M) or Elgton Jenkins (Mississippi State) as they are day 1 starters at center or guard. Cody Ford (Oklahoma) and Dalton Risner (Kansas State) could also be candidates to move up for.
I would not rule out another wide receiver to pair up with Marquise Brown or an edge rusher to replace some of the losses in free agency.
Some options at receiver that would complement Brown’s speed on day two would be A.J. Brown (Ole Miss), Riley Ridley (Georgia), Hakeem Butler (Iowa State), or J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (Stanford). All these receivers are bigger and could give Lamar Jackson a large target down the field.
If the Ravens do not trade up into round 2, I would consider J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (Stanford) and Ben Banogu (TCU) the favorites for the Ravens’ two third-round picks. With that said, their need along the interior offensive line should be their top priority. That is why a trade back into the second round should be the move general manager Eric DeCosta makes on Friday evening.