Ravens-Chiefs Orlando Brown trade could work brilliantly for both teams


Lamar Jackson may not have Orlando Brown (r.) protecting him anymore, but he may get some new receivers to throw to.

Lamar Jackson might not have Orlando Brown (r.) defending him anymore, however he might get some new receivers to throw to.
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Two of the very best groups within the AFC simply made a commerce with each other that was completely good for each groups. The Chiefs, who watched the very best 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 could be no math as a author. First, let’s have 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’ll re-add Laurent Duvernay-Tardif into the fold, who opted out final yr to work as a health care provider in Canada battling COVID. Patrick Mahomes ought to be more than happy with the safety he could have this season.

Now, to channel Invoice Belichick, we’re on to Baltimore. For my part, that is the place it will get rather more attention-grabbing. Baltimore has been essentially the most run-heavy offense within the NFL lately, led by Lamar Jackson and his back-to-back 1,000 yard dashing seasons… as a quarterback. They averaged 34.6 dashing makes an attempt per recreation in 2020, far and away greater than some other staff. They’ve second-year operating again J.Okay. Dobbins out of Ohio State able to tackle extra work, partnered with operating mate Gus Edwards. Nevertheless, in the event that they need to advance within the playoffs, they’re going to want their quarterback to do extra along with his arm.

Jackson is getting into his fourth season, and there was nothing however constructive issues popping out of Baltimore about him and about their need to work out a long-term extension. They’ve designed their offense round Jackson, utilizing his uncommon dashing means 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 yr, who made a splash commerce for Stefon Diggs to present Josh Allen a professional weapon to assist him develop as a passer, I anticipate the Ravens to make use of the identical strategy on this yr’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 acquired the Chiefs’ first, third, fourth, and 2022 fifth spherical draft picks, that means they are going to stroll into this draft with the twenty seventh and thirty first general decide, and seven others.

Having top-of-the-line talent-evaluating entrance workplaces within the league goes to turn out to be useful with all of the toys they’ll need to play with through the draft. For my part, it’s best to depend on the Ravens drafting a minimal of two vast receivers of their first 5 picks, considered one of which coming with considered one of their first-round choices.

On the finish of the primary spherical, the Ravens ought to be searching for a do-it-all vast receiver menace. Somebody that may win on the skin, could make contested catches, can line up all around 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 yr, and if Jackson is armed with extra weapons on the receiver place, Baltimore might make a run on the complete rattling factor.


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