The Baltimore Ravens made two draft day trades and received a spectacular “A-” grade from your benevolent dictator. All teams start with an average “C” grade and then need to impress me in order to move up. Once again I was highly impressed with the ability of the Ravens front office to create value out of thin air with their draft day trades. Here’s the net of what they did:
Began with: No. 22 (1st), No. 102 (3rd), No. 191 (6th), No. 193 (6th)
Ended with: No. 25 (1st), No. 93 (3rd), No. 127 (4th), No. 197 (6th)
There is no difference in the talent of player available at No. 25 versus No. 22. None. Zero. Nada. Front offices that are going to screw up the No. 22 pick will do the same with No. 25. If they can find incredible value at No. 22, they will probably be able to do so at No. 25 as well. There is also no difference between pick No. 197 (which the Ravens received) and pick No. 193 (which they gave up) so we can also subtract those selections from the equation. When getting rid of the first and sixth round picks, here’s the true net of what the Ravens did:
Began with: No. 102 (3rd), No. 191 (6th)
Ended with: No. 93 (3rd), No. 127 (4th)
By moving down just three spots in the late first round, they then moved up nine spots in the third (from 102 to 93) and a whopping 64 picks later in the draft (from 191 to 127). That’s outstanding value there. It will be interesting to see which quartet of players goes on to be more productive on the field, the players the Ravens drafted – Marquise Brown, Miles Boykin, Iman Marshall, and Trace McSorley – or the players who were drafted with the picks the Ravens gave up – Andre Dillard, Alexander Mattison, Marcus Epps, and Olisaemeka Udoh. As for me, I’ll put my money on the trade down Ravens.
Even as dictator of Trade Down Island I’m completely fine with the “trade up” move the Ravens made to land Miles Boykin in the third round. As I state in Article 8 of TDI’s Glorious Constitution, “Picks in Rounds 5-7 rarely yield value, so use these to trade up for studs this year or a better pick next year.” Picks in the 190s almost never yield viable NFL players, so flipping two of those picks to move up nine spots in the third round to land “their guy” in Miles Boykin is a good move.
Overall the Ravens net trade rating is a +3 based on the Dallas Draft Value Chart, meaning they did slightly better than just breaking even. I obviously disagree with this old-school view. Here at Trade Down Island we’d much rather sacrifice an insignificant amount of draft capital late in the first to get significantly better picks in the middle rounds. Well done, Ravens!