Titan and Ravens swap 1st round picks; Tennessee lands LB Rashaan Evans, Baltimore nabs TE Hayden Hurst

< Trade #18.6: TEN & BAL OAK & TEN: Trade #18.8 >

Titans left with
No. 22 – LB Rashaan Evans
No. 215 – Traded No. 215 & No. 162 for No. 152 Dane Cruikshank

Ravens left with
No. 25 – TE Hayden Hurst
No. 125 – Traded No. 125, No. 52, & 2019 2nd Rd. for No. 32 QB Lamar Jackson & 132 WR Jaleel Scott

Dictator’s Decree: “Solid trade down strategy by the Ravens. There is little difference between No. 22 and No. 25, but there is a significant difference in the quality of players left at No. 125 (4th Rd.) vs. No. 215 (6th Rd.). Bravo, Baltimore.” – March 2019

This is a classic trade down scenario between two late first round picks and it pleases your dictator. The Ravens moved back just three spots in the first and in return were able to then move up 90 spots in the mid-rounds from No. 215 to No. 125. Here at Trade Down Island we love these types of trade down scenarios! If you trust your scouts and GM to make the right pick at No. 22, you should also trust them to make the right pick at No. 25! There shouldn’t be a real difference in the quality of player between moving down three spots in the first round, but the chance of finding a contributor at 125 (4th Rd.) is significantly higher than at No. 215 (6th Rd.) We ultimately didn’t get to see which player the Ravens drafted at No. 125 through because they traded the pick away.

Trade #18.7 – Assets Exchanged
Titans receive: No. 22 (1st Rd.), No. 215 (6th Rd.)
Ravens receive: No. 25 (1st Rd.), No. 125 (4th Rd.)

Trade #18.7 – Players Drafted & Transactions

See Trade #18.8 – Ravens traded No. 125, No. 52, & 2019 2nd Rd. for No. 32 (QB Lamar Jackson) and No. 132 (WR Jaleel Scott).

See Trade #18.28 – Titans traded No. 215 & No. 162 for No. 152 (DB Dane Cruishank).

2018 Year-End Summary
In terms of 2018 production the Titans got significantly more value from Rashaan Evans than the Ravens received from Hayden Hurst. Evans had a solid rookie campaign and was ranked by PFF as the No. 38 linebacker and the No. 6 rookie linebacker. Meanwhile, Hayden Hurst gets an “incomplete” for his rookie season after starting the year injured and playing in just 23 percent of the Ravens offensive snaps. It will be interesting to see how he develops in Year 2.

Most importantly for the Ravens though is they were able to include the fourth round pick (originally a sixth rounder) in the multi-pick trade-up deal to draft Lamar Jackson, a potential franchise quarterback. Any asset that helped land Jackson is an important one, so they did at least convert a “throw away” sixth round pick into something that had real value.

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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