It looks more and more like the Ravens will have their choice of impact defensive players in next Thursday's first round of the NFL draft. A book-end left tackle might be available for them, too.
The Cleveland Browns today traded the second overall pick to the Philadelphia Eagles, setting up a scenario in which quarterbacks are now expected go with the first two selections.
Last week, the Los Angeles Rams made a trade to get the first overall pick from the Tennessee Titans and get in position to select one of the draft's top two quarterbacks: California's Jared Goff or North Dakota State's Carson Wentz. Now at No. 2, the Eagles are in position to take whichever signal caller the Rams bypass.
To get Cleveland's second overall pick, the Eagles traded the Browns a 2016 first-rounder (No. 8 overall), a third-rounder (77) and fourth-rounder (100), in addition to first-round pick in the 2017 draft and a second-round pick in 2018. The Eagles also got back a Browns' 2017 fourth-round pick.
That they are assured of nabbing one of the top four defensive players in the draft, or the top offensive tackle.
Assuming quarterbacks go No. 1 and No. 2 -- the Ravens will be on the clock at No. 6 and two of the following players will be available to them: Mississippi left tackle Laremy Tunsil, Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey, Ohio State pass rusher Joey Bosa, Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner and UCLA middle linebacker Myles Jack.
Ramsey appears to be the least likely from that group to still be available at six. However, with what's already transpired during the pre-draft process, it's probably foolish to rule out anything before April 28.