Over a month ago, I tweeted that the Baltimore Ravens may be in the market of trading their first-round pick (No. 17) with the San Francisco 49ers and now that is looking more apparent. According to Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome, he said he has already been fielding offers from other teams, as he said, “We’ve already gotten some calls about teams wanting to move up.”
No surprise there, as my trade scenario between the two teams was featured on NFL’s Path to the Draft a likely trade between the two teams is a win-win situation. The Ravens need to fill plenty of holes on both sides of the ball and the 49ers have the ammo to trade up for that one coveted prospect. And that one coveted player could be WR Brandin Cooks (Oregon State).
A scenario in which I said the 49ers would trade up for and draft over a month ago, Cooks fit’s the scheme to a tee. And despite him being a diminutive receiver, he more than makes up for it with his explosive ability to high point the ball. A player that compares himself to Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith, 49ers GM Trent Baalke did the same as I asked him what he liked about the Oregon product in his pre-draft conference.
However, should Cooks for some reason not be available, do not be surprised if they target an LSU product for the second consecutive season in WR Odell Beckham Jr. Another dual-threat wide-receiver as Beckham adds versatility in the return-game, you can be sure Baalke will likely target the SEC kid.
With the draft right around the corner, you can just see the information leak, as this year’s NFL Draft will be one for the ages.