Warp speed again! Ravens set for another historic round of drafting

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The “what happened to ravens” is a question that many Baltimore Ravens fans are asking themselves. The team has been in the Super Bowl twice since 2000, but they have not made it back to the big game since 2012.

MARYLAND’S OWINGS MILLS — The Baltimore Ravens are about to take a risk that no other NFL club has taken before. Except for the Ravens, that is.

If the Ravens use all five selections in the fourth round of this year’s draft (Round 1 is April 28 on ESPN, ABC and ESPN App.), Baltimore will match its NFL record from six years ago with the most picks in the first five rounds in draft history, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

Coach John Harbaugh equated the experience to “Star Trek” when the Ravens had five fourth-round choices in 2016. He said then-general manager Ozzie Newsome was Picard and then-assistant GM Eric DeCosta was Spock.

“It seemed like we were fighting Klingons!” Harbaugh smiled as he stated.

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That year, the Ravens’ fourth-round choices were far from historic. The Ravens’ five draft picks — cornerback Tavon Young, wide receiver Chris Moore, guard Alex Lewis, defensive lineman Willie Henry, and running back Kenneth Dixon — have combined for 50 starts and no Pro Bowl appearances. Only Young and Moore are still playing in the NFL, and neither is with the Ravens right now.

Baltimore has found itself in a once-in-a-lifetime position. The only occasion a club had more than five choices in the same round during the common draft period (since 1967) came in 1968, when the Cincinnati Bengals had nine picks in the sixth round.

The Ravens are hoping for rapid results from a highly active fourth round after finishing last year in last position.

“”Every player we pick in the fourth round this year better be playing for us — that’s why we’re taking him,” DeCosta, the Ravens’ general manager in his fourth season, said. “That has been our expectation from the beginning; they come in, hit the ground running, and play. So that’s how we think about it. Is there any evidence to support this? Most likely not, but that’s what we believe.”

There were nearly as many players who didn’t play a game as a rookie (37) as those who started more than half of their games in their debut seasons among the 369 players picked in the fourth round during the previous decade (43). Last year, 19 of the 39 players selected in the fourth round played fewer than 200 snaps on the field.

Baltimore Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said that all five of the organization’s fourth-round choices must play for the team. Michael Conroy/AP Photo

The fourth round, according to Baltimore, will be more heavy than normal. Because of the players returning from COVID-19 after receiving an additional year of eligibility, Ravens director of player personnel Joe Hortiz warned owner Steve Bisciotti before last year’s draft that the 2022 one will be “quite big.”

“”I’m pretty enthusiastic about it because I believe those fourth-rounders have third-round value,” Bisciotti said. “That’s how I’m looking at it, and I believe the ratings reflect that in the draft charts Eric has shown me thus far. When you start looking at players with particular grades, there are just too many of them for some of them to not be in the fourth round.”

The Ravens start their fourth round with the fifth pick of Day 3 (the 110th overall pick), which occurred as a consequence of the Ravens surrendering their 2022 fifth-round pick, 2023 seventh-round pick, and offensive tackle Ben Bredeson to the New York Giants.

The Ravens then have selections 119 (their own fourth-rounder), 128 (acquired from the Arizona Cardinals), 139 (compensatory pick for the loss of Matthew Judon), and 141 (compensatory pick for the loss of Matthew Judon) (comp pick for losing Yannick Ngakoue).

Baltimore will choose five times in total throughout the course of 31 picks.

The “ravens trade” is a trade that has been made. The Baltimore Ravens have traded for the Cleveland Browns’ 3rd round pick in exchange for their 1st, 4th and 6th round picks.

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