Two of the perfect groups within the AFC simply made a commerce with each other that was completely sensible for each groups. The Chiefs, who watched the perfect quarterback within the NFL run for his life within the Tremendous Bowl, acquired Professional-Bowl offensive sort out Orlando Brown from the Baltimore Ravens. The 2 groups additionally swapped a slew of draft picks.
I do know: I, too, was advised there can be no math as a author. First, let’s take a look at the Chiefs facet of issues — in a single offseason, they overhauled their offensive line, which was clearly their prime precedence. They’ve added former Patriots guard Joe Thuney, they introduced Kyle Lengthy out of retirement, and now locked up their left sort out place with Brown. All that, and they’re going to re-add Laurent Duvernay-Tardif into the fold, who opted out final 12 months to work as a physician in Canada battling COVID. Patrick Mahomes must be more than happy with the safety he may have this season.
Now, to channel Invoice Belichick, we’re on to Baltimore. For my part, that is the place it will get way more fascinating. Baltimore has been probably the most run-heavy offense within the NFL in recent times, led by Lamar Jackson and his back-to-back 1,000 yard speeding seasons… as a quarterback. They averaged 34.6 speeding makes an attempt per sport in 2020, far and away greater than some other group. They’ve second-year operating again J.Okay. Dobbins out of Ohio State able to tackle extra work, partnered with operating mate Gus Edwards. Nonetheless, in the event that they wish to advance within the playoffs, they’re going to want their quarterback to do extra along with his arm.
Jackson is coming into his fourth season, and there was nothing but positive things popping out of Baltimore about him and about their want to work out a long-term extension. They’ve designed their offense round Jackson, utilizing his uncommon speeding capability to the fullest whereas dialing up play-action passes to capitalize on the defenses collapsing to cease the run.
Very like the Buffalo Payments final 12 months, who made a splash commerce for Stefon Diggs to offer Josh Allen a professional weapon to assist him develop as a passer, I anticipate the Ravens to make use of the identical method on this 12 months’s draft. For Jackson to progress, he wants higher weapons.
In buying and selling away Brown, the Ravens added a haul of draft picks. They obtained the Chiefs’ first, third, fourth, and 2022 fifth spherical draft picks, which means they are going to stroll into this draft with the twenty seventh and thirty first total choose, and seven others.
Having among the best talent-evaluating entrance workplaces within the league goes to turn out to be useful with all of the toys they’ll should play with throughout the draft. For my part, you need to depend on the Ravens drafting a minimal of two huge receivers of their first 5 picks, one in all which coming with one in all their first-round choices.
On the finish of the primary spherical, the Ravens must be searching for a do-it-all huge receiver menace. Somebody that may win on the skin, could make contested catches, can line up everywhere in the formation, and make themselves a sure-handed, dependable, and quarterback-happy goal. The 2 names I’ll be watching: Terrace Marshall Jr. out of LSU, and Rashod Bateman out of Minnesota.
Baltimore, with an already-strong protection, and armed with a bevy of draft capital, is positioned completely to go all-in whereas they nonetheless have Jackson on his rookie contract for one final season. They’ll be proper within the thick of issues once more this 12 months, and if Jackson is armed with extra weapons on the receiver place, Baltimore may make a run on the entire rattling factor.