Here are three fresh takes on the Ravens’ draft outlook, in the aftermath of the Eagles-Browns trade that gave the Eagles the No. 2 pick and moved the Browns down to No. 8:
The Ravens’ pick at No. 6 has become even more unpredictable.
It could be Ohio St. defensive end Joey Bosa. It could be Oregon defensive lineman DeForest Buckner. It could be Ohio St. running back Ezekiel Elliott. It could be UCLA linebacker Myles Jack. It could be Florida St. defensive back Jalen Ramsey. It could be Ohio St. running back Ezekiel Elliott. It could be Mississippi left tackle Laremy Tunsil.
After the first two picks, which will be quarterbacks Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, this draft could go many different directions, starting with the Chargers at No. 3, who seem likely to take either Tunsil to protect quarterback Philip Rivers, or Ramsey to improve a secondary that lost Eric Weddle to the Ravens in free agency. Whatever the Chargers do will start a domino effect that will impact the Ravens. It should be fun to watch.
Trading down is still in play for the Ravens.
This draft is deep at the top. There are still teams looking to move up, and the Ravens remain in an enviable spot at No. 6. Don’t rule out a trade that moves the Ravens down, but allows them to acquire extra picks.
Two AFC North teams, the Ravens and Browns, hold serious ammunition in this draft.
The Browns now have 12 overall picks, tied with the 49ers for most in the NFL. The Ravens have seven picks in the first four rounds, including four fourth-round picks. There is no excuse for the Ravens and Browns not to improve. If that happens, the AFC North should be one of the NFL’s best. The Bengals and Steelers made the playoffs last season, and should not fall off the map. The Ravens figure to have better luck with injuries in 2016, and should have more talent, giving them a chance for a bounce-back season. Unless the Browns butcher this draft, they should be more competitive than last year, especially if Robert Griffin III clicks as their starting quarterback. Cleveland is still in position at No. 8 to get an immediate impact player who could fall to them like Jack or Elliott.
The Ravens and Browns are two of the most compelling teams to watch as this draft unfolds.
[RELATED: 2016 NFL Mock Draft 10.0: Risers and Fallers]