As the second round of the 2013 NFL draft wound down Friday night, the Ravens traded a pair of draft picks to the Seattle Seahawks in order to move up six spots and draft Kansas State inside linebacker Arthur Brown.
“We started to sweat a little bit as we start to see some good players come off the board, and the idea of not getting him was pretty scary,” Ravens assistant G.M. Eric DeCosta said. “So, we decided to make the move.”
If they hadn’t made the move, another team reportedly would have taken their “four-down” linebacker first.
As it turns out, the Ravens weren’t the only team that coveted Brown, according to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King. His sources told him that Brown “was going to be Houston's pick at [No.] 57, and he was a strong consideration for Denver at [No.] 58.”
So clearly the Ravens were wise to jump up to pick No. 56.
As DeCosta said, “It was easy for us to make that decision.”
On a conference call Friday night, Brown said he wasn’t sure which team wanted him most, but he knew the Ravens, who worked him out before the draft, were interested to a degree. He appreciated that they showed it by trading up to get him.
“Like I said, I told [John] Harbaugh, and I appreciate them because it shows that they believe in me as a player and as a person, because that’s how I projected myself throughout my college career and just having the opportunity that they’ve given me,” he said. “Picking me where they did just shows me that they believe in me, and I am definitely ready to be a big part of this team.”
Years later, if Brown becomes a Pro Bowler, we may be talking about how close he came to being a big part of another team.