Rumors swirling that Baltimore Ravens will trade up to draft OT Lane Johnson
The Baltimore Ravens are a prime candidate to make some moves in this year’s draft, holding 12 picks over the 7 rounds and looking to add some talent in an effort to defend their Super Bowl title.
One of the most important Ravens assets is Quarterback Joe Flacco, who got rewarded after the Super Bowl with a shiny new contract that pays him $120.6 million over 6 years and makes him the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL, including over $52 million in guaranteed money. Needless to say, that’s a large investment, so keeping Flacco healthy and on the field is important.
The need, for Lane Johnson, the big Offensive Tackle out of the University of Oklahoma, makes a lot of sense. Considering he will is of the Top three offensive tackles available in the draft, some draft boards show Johnson going in the Top five. There's lots of speculation in this year’s draft that teams with high picks are looking to trade down and add pieces by giving up higher picks, so this may give Baltimore the opportunity to trade up and get Johnson.
Would a trade for a high pick that could net Johnson be worth it? The Ravens may believe so. Johnson could fit in on the left side of the line, allowing Baltimore to keep Michael Oher on the right side of their line and replacing Bryant McKinnie. In a draft that's considered by many as deep at the tackle position, the Ravens may be able to make their move by offering several later-round picks rather than a significant piece in a trade.
Regardless of whether or not the Ravens make a move, look for them to upgrade their offensive line for next season in order to address the need to protect Joe Flacco in the pocket.
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