As we move inside of two weeks until the start of the NFL Draft, I’m finally starting to come around on some of the things I think I’d like to see the Ravens do.


Here are five things I’m in favor of the Ravens doing during the NFL Draft April 28-30.

1. Moving up to get Sauce Gardner

The Cincinnati cornerback isn’t short on bravado, tweeting recently that he was the best overall prospect in this year’s draft. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. isn’t far from agreeing with him, as in his most recent mock draft, he had Gardner being selected No. 2 overall. But not everyone necessarily agrees.

Some mock drafts have seen Gardner slip as far as the ninth or tenth pick, which could put him in play for the Ravens to move up. Such a trade could cost the Ravens two of their seven combined third- and fourth-round picks, which feels like a reasonable price to pay for a 6-foot-3 corner who DIDN’T ALLOW A SINGLE FRIGGIN’ TOUCHDOWN in his college career.

2. Not dismissing wide receiver

The betting markets are expecting the receiver position to be a major storyline during the first round of the draft. The FanDuel Sportsbook now has OVER 5.5 receivers in the first round as a -275 favorite! But for the first time in the history of the Baltimore Ravens, we’re not really obsessed with the position going into the first round. That’s weird! I’ve honestly been quite uncomfortable. I don’t know how to talk about the NFL Draft without the conversation being overwhelmed by wide receivers I’m smitten by.

But with the Ravens taking two first-round receivers in the last three years, there’s just no reason to be talking about it. Right? Well. Not necessarily.

I’d love to see the Venn diagram detailing the Ravens fans who “don’t think the Ravens should sign Hollywood Brown to a long-term extension” and “don’t think they should draft a receiver in the first round.” I think Brown and Rashod Bateman are a quality duo but, 1) let’s not pretend they’re Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen, and 2) Brown’s long-term future in Baltimore is in doubt.

NFL Network Draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah said on Glenn Clark Radio April 14 that Ohio State’s Garrett Wilson and USC’s Drake London would both be worth the Ravens using the 14th pick on a receiver should those players fall. As much as I want to listen to the argument that the Ravens need to focus on their younger receivers beyond the top two, the price of doing business at the position makes star first-round picks a tremendously valuable commodity.

3. Making a player trade

So hypothetically, if the Ravens WERE to draft a receiver, perhaps Hollywood Brown could become trade bait. Or if the Seahawks were to select a receiver at No. 9, maybe their price for D.K. Metcalf wouldn’t be so overwhelming. As much as fans and analysts have talked up those seven third- and fourth-round picks as a particular asset, I believe a few of us might remember the last time the Ravens had five picks in a fourth round.

(2016, when they took Tavon Young, Chris Moore, Alex Lewis, Willie Henry and Kenneth Dixon.)

If the Ravens use all of those picks this year, it’s hard to imagine things going as poorly as they did in ’16. But it’s a reminder of why I’d be good with them moving some of those picks for players who could help immediately.

4. The Michigan guys … including David Ojabo

I’m not saying the Ravens should ONLY select Michigan players or should make sure they get all of them or anything along those lines. The Ravens should draft the best players. But I can’t ignore how well things went for players like Dax Hill, Christopher Hinton, Josh Ross and Vincent Gray (and Aidan Hutchinson too but that seems unlikely) last year. The knowledge Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald has of how to make them work seems like it should be valuable! It intrigues me.

I was particularly interested in edge rusher David Ojabo before he tore his Achilles at his pro day. I of course no longer think he could be the guy at No. 14, but I do think the Ravens could uniquely consider moving up in the second round to grab him and perhaps have a bonus first-rounder on the roster in 2023.

5. Jordan Davis.

Just come on man. This human is different than other humans.

This is the human for me.

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