The Baltimore Ravens currently hold the 30th overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Picking one at the end of the night always leaves several options for teams looking to get back into the first round. Will Baltimore decide to take such a step?
Zierlein believes Baltimore will make a deal with the Patriots in the mock draft to select Ohio State WR Marvin Harrison Jr. with the No. 3 pick. New England then returns to the first round to acquire another quarterback in Bo, Oregon. Nothing.
“We saw the Patriots focus on their top receiver early on and then move back to the first round to pursue Nix, who had a strong campaign in 2023.” – writes Zierlein.
Nix, who is PFF's fourth-best quarterback and No. 20 overall large boardhe broke out in 2023, passing for 4,508 yards, 45 touchdowns and just three interceptions.
In the mock draft, Sikkema believes it will be the Vikings who make a deal with the Ravens. Minnesota sends its 2024 second-round pick and its 2025 third-round pick to Baltimore for its 2023 first-round pick, which also happens to be Nix.
“Since the Vikings are unable to acquire a quarterback early in the draft, look for Nix if he happens to be a bust late in the first round,” Sikkema writes. “A small trade allows them to get a fifth-year option on him, which is most important considering how much money quarterbacks may have.”
It remains to be seen whether this will be enough for the Ravens to move out of the first round of the draft.
So building through the draft seems to be the best option for the Ravens, who will likely lose several key players this offseason. Potentially trading a first-round pick for a multiple pick in Baltimore could be a smart move in the long run.