Predicting what will happen in the NFL draft can be difficult. Predicting what won’t happen can be a little easier.
Here are three things I say the Ravens WON’T do in the upcoming draft:
The Ravens WON’T trade up in the first round.
There’s no incentive for the Ravens to trade up from No. 6. They can sit at that spot and get a quality player, no matter what happens with the first five picks. If the Ravens trade their first round pick, they’ll be trading down. But whether it’s Ohio St. defensive end Joey Bosa, Oregon defensive lineman DeForest Buckner, Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley, Ohio St. running back Ezekiel Elliott, or UCLA linebacker Myles Jack, the Ravens can get quality by staying put at No. 6.
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The Ravens WON’T draft Florida St. defensive back Jalen Ramsey.
The Ravens would love to get Ramsey, perhaps the draft’s most talented player who can play safety and corner. But I see no scenario where he falls to six. Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta disagrees, and won’t rule out Ramsey as a possibility.
“Well, we never thought Terrell Suggs would be there at No. 10,” said DeCosta, referring to the long-time linebacker the Ravens drafted in 2003. “So we’ll prepare for everything that happens.”
But I can’t see Ramsey falling to No. 6, unless two or three general managers decide to take a nap during Round 1. The Titans could even take Ramsey at No. 1. The Chargers could take him No. 3. The Cowboys could take him at No. 4. And the Jaguars could take him No. 5. If Ramsey gets past all those teams, I think Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome would speed-dial Ramsey
The Ravens WON’T go the entire draft without taking a cornerback.
This draft is deep at cornerback, the Ravens have a need, and they have seven picks in the first four rounds.
“I think you’re going to see a run on corners, probably between 20 and 45, right in there,” said DeCosta said.
Cornerbacks who could be available for the Ravens at No. 36 (second round) include Eli Apple of Ohio St., Kendall Fuller of Virginia Tech, Xavien Howard of Baylor, William Jackson of Houston, Cyrus Jones of Alabama, and Will Redmond of Mississippi St.
At some point, a cornerback should be headed to Baltimore.
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