The Baltimore Ravens are coming off of a Super Bowl victory, but the still have a number of holes on the roster after losing multiple key contributors to their postseason run to either retirement or free agency.
The team patiently waited in the first-round and eventually made Florida safety Matt Elam their selection to close out round one of the festivities, but it is not out of the question that the Ravens could be much more active in day two of the 2013 NFL Draft.
But after going with a rock-solid pick and avoiding raising eyebrows Thursday night, it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Ravens engineer a surprise Friday night and make a trade to move up as the second and third rounds of the draft unfold.
Asked late Thursday night to assess what would be available Friday, Ravens Assistant General Manager Eric DeCosta said there were “probably 20 players, 30 players that we’d love to get at the end of the second round.” That could pose a problem for the Ravens, who currently have the night’s 32nd pick – the last selection in the second round. They would need to move up to get one of those 20 or 30 players DeCosta referenced.
There are a number of players who would bee good fits for the Ravens defense, so the move up would make sense.
After replacing Ed Reed with the No. 32 overall pick, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Ravens make replacing Ray Lewis their next priority.
When you look at the draft board, players like Manti Te’o, Arthur Brown and Kevin Minter all remain, so there are some great options out there for the Ravens to select.
Day two of the draft kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET tonight, so we will see whether or not they decide to trade up and target a middle linebacker.