If the Ravens trade out of the No. 6 spot, the Eagles and Rams appear to be Baltimore’s most likely trade partners.
Do I think the Ravens will trade down? No. But here’s why it can’t be ruled out:
Why a trade with the Eagles could happen:
The Eagles, holding the No. 8 pick, have shown interest in the draft’s two top-rated quarterbacks – Carson Wentz of North Dakota St. and Jared Goff of Cal. Among teams holding the top seven picks, only the Browns (No. 2) seem likely to take a quarterback, unless the Cowboys (No. 4) pull a minor surprise and take a quarterback as well.
That means either Wentz or Goff should still be available when the Ravens are on the clock at No. 6. If the Browns don’t take a quarterback, Wentz and Goff could both be available at No. 6, and things would really get interesting.
If the Eagles trade up to No. 6, they can leapfrog the 49ers (No. 7) and get the quarterback they want. Meanwhile, the Ravens would only move down two spots, and get an extra pick, possibly as high as the Eagles’ fourth-rounder.
At No. 8, the Ravens still might be able to get Oregon defensive lineman DeForest Buckner, Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley, or Ohio St. running back Ezekiel Elliott. Getting another fourth-round pick would give the Ravens eight picks in the first four rounds. With that many picks, it would be hard for the Ravens not to have an excellent draft.
Why a trade with the Rams (No. 15) could happen:
An upgrade at quarterback could make the Rams a playoff team, so they could be desperate to trade up, with coach Jeff Fisher under pressure to win now.
But would the Ravens be willing to trade down from No. 6 to No. 15? It would take a lot from the Rams to make Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome trade down that far. However, it’s possible the Ravens could still get a good player at No. 15 like Mississippi wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, Eastern Kentucky pass rusher Noah Spence, or Alabama inside linebacker Reggie Ragland.
While it’s fun to speculate about the Ravens trading down from No. 6, I don’t think it will happen. The Eagles gave a new contract to quarterback Sam Bradford, and they can get a good player simply by staying at No. 8. If the Rams, Bills (No. 19), or Jets (No. 20) want to trade up to No. 6 for a quarterback, I think Newsome’s asking price will scare them away.