Ravens trade back from No. 16 to No. 22 and pick up assets, Bills draft LB Tremaine Edmunds

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Bills ended with
No. 16 – LB Tremaine Edmunds
No. 154 – CB Siran Neal

Ravens ended with
No. 22 – Traded No. 22 and No. 215 for No. 25 (TE Hayden Hurst) and No. 125 (later traded)
No. 65 – Traded No. 65 for No. 75 (later traded), No. 152 (later traded), and No. 212 (OT Greg Senat)

Dictator’s Decree: “The Raiders strategy was sound. As TDI’s Glorious Constitution states, “If you are drafting a stud, DON’T trade down.” The Ravens must have viewed the same level of “studs” available at No. 16 and No. 22, so they made the move. Baltimore was therefore wise to trade down and gain No. 65, the first pick in the 3rd round, where starters can still be found. If your trust your team’s GM and scouts to nail their picks, then you should want them to have both No. 22 and No. 65. – March 2019

The Ravens traded down…and down…and down throughout the 2018 draft. When you unravel what they did by the end of the draft, Baltimore turned two original picks (No. 16 and No. 154) into six players – three promising, three very “meh” after one season – and acquired an additional fourth round pick which was used in the trade that landed Lamar Jackson. The Bills, for their effort, landed starting LB Tremaine Edmunds and seldom-used CB Siran Neal.

Trade #18.5 – Assets Exchanged
Bills receive: No. 16 (1st Rd.), No. 154 (5th Rd.)
Ravens receive: No. 22 (1st Rd.), No. 65 (3rd Rd.)

Trade #18.5 – Players Drafted & Transactions

See Trade #18.7 – Baltimore trades No. 22 (1st Rd.) & No. 215 (6th Rd.) for No. 25 (1st Rd. – TE Hayden Hurst) and No. 125 (later traded).

See Trade #18.17 – Baltimore trades No. 65 (2nd Rd.) for No. 75 (3rd Rd. – later traded), No. 152 (5th Rd. – later traded) & No. 212 (6th Rd. – OT Greg Senat)

2018 Year-End Summary
Baltimore treated the 2018 draft as their own personal trading session. By the end of whirlwind of deals they drafted TE Hayden Hurst (No. 25.) and traded back up into the 1st for QB Lamar Jackson (No. 32). This initial Trade #18.5 eventually resulted in picks that led to LB Kenny Young (4th Rd.), WR Jordan Lasley (5th Rd.), OT Greg Senat (6th Rd.), and C Bradley Bozeman (6th Rd.). Only time will tell how much value they get out of that smorgasbord of mid- to late-round picks.

The Bills got good stats out of Tremaine Edumunds (15 starts, 121 tackles) though his PFF rating of 57.4 was just No. 69 among LBs and led to an “average” grade.

So, did the Ravens haul of picks and players yield more value in 2018 than the Bills got out of their two picks? You decide.

Notes on statistics:
1. Approximate Value(“AV”) and Snap Counts (“Snap”) per Football Reference.
2. Snap Counts only list offensive and defensive snaps. Special teams snaps are excluded.

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