Sitting pretty at No. 6, the Ravens could still be enticed to trade down

The Sun's Ravens beat writer Jeff Zrebiec along with Ravens editor Mark Selig goes over which players should be available when the Ravens draft the six pick. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)

A lot has changed at the top of the draft in the past couple of weeks. The Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns traded the first and second overall picks to the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles, respectively, all but guaranteeing that quarterbacks will go one and two. Mississippi offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, once the favorite to be drafted No. 1, might slide out of the top five.

The Ravens are sitting pretty with the sixth pick, content that one of the draft's elite defensive players should fall to them, and also pondering Tunsil being available.


Still, recent changes haven't eliminated the possibility of the Ravens trading back in the first round and adding to their cadre of picks. All along, the Ravens have vowed to listen to teams interested in their No. 6 pick, and that process will continue when they are on the clock. But to move back and cost themselves an opportunity to select one of the top offensive tackles or an elite defensive player, the Ravens will almost certainly want more than what a draft chart suggests is the value of their pick.

Will another team be willing to pay up? Below are several speculated scenarios based on the reported interest of certain teams.


Trading with the Miami Dolphins (No. 13 pick)

Why Miami might want to move up: The Dolphins need a feature back after failing to land several top free agent options, including C.J. Anderson and Chris Johnson. If the Dallas Cowboys don't take Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott at No. 4, the Dolphins could attempt to move up and make sure they're in position to grab him. There's no certainty they'll be able to stay at 13 and still get their man.

Who might be available at 13 for Ravens: Vernon Hargreaves, considered the draft's best pure cover corner, could be there. Tunsil and Notre Dame's Ronnie Stanley will likely be gone, but one of the other highly-ranked offensive tackles, such as Michigan State's Jack Conklin, figures to come off the board right in this range. The most attractive option could be Clemson linebacker/defensive end Shaq Lawson, who would satisfy the Ravens' need for a pass rusher.

Trading with the New Orleans Saints (No. 12 pick)

Why New Orleans may want to move up: There's a lot of buzz that the Saints want to come out of this draft with the heir apparent to quarterback Drew Brees. That has led to speculation that they could be looking to move up to grab Memphis' Paxton Lynch, touted as the third best quarterback in the draft. While six seems a little early for Lynch, it's been proven over the past couple of weeks that teams won't hesitate to pull the trigger on a deal that puts them in position to land a future franchise quarterback.

Who might be available at 12 for Ravens: You're looking at essentially the same players who would be in the conversation if the Ravens traded with the Dolphins. Perhaps, Georgia pass rusher Leonard Floyd could still be around at 12, but the primary options figure to be Lawson, Hargreaves and Conklin.

Trading with the Titans (No. 15 pick)      

Why Tennessee might want to move up: The Titans were reportedly eyeing Tunsil before they traded the first overall pick to the Rams. The trade left them selecting 15th in the first round, but also with a package of picks they can use if they want to move back up. Tennessee needs help at a number of spots, but a tackle like Tunsil or Stanley would be a nice addition in front of quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Who might be available at 15 to Ravens: Hargreaves and Lawson still could be in play here. Other names to consider include Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee, Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland and Eastern Kentucky pass rusher Noah Spence. This is further than the Ravens would want to drop, but Tennessee probably could afford to package enough picks to give Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome something to think about.

Trading with the Buffalo Bills (No. 19 pick) or New York Jets (No. 20 pick)

Why Buffalo or New York might want to move up: They are two other teams to watch in regards to Lynch. It seems unlikely either team would be motivated to upset their entire draft class to move up this many spots. And it's just as unlikely the Ravens would want to move this far back, but if it becomes clear to the Ravens that their primary targets are gone before they are on the clock, this could become an option.

Who might be available at 19 or 20 for Ravens: This is probably a good landing spot to grab a cornerback, like Ohio State's Eli Apple or Houston's William Jackson. Spence should still be on the board at this point. Ohio State offensive tackle Taylor Decker could be an option as well. And the Ravens could always ponder taking one of the draft's top receivers, although that's an unlikely scenario.

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