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Ravens trade 5th round pick for DE Calais Campbell

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Calais is a lot better than Suggs was at the same age, and he's also considerably more versatile. As drd says, even if he takes a little step back - it's still a massive upgrade over what we've had.

I wonder if this alters our draft strategy at all. Are we going to be more aggressive now that we've added a big "Win Now" player? Like if a bigger name defensive player starts falling, does EDC bump up dreaming of pairing him with Campbell?

Calais is a great fit in many ways, but chief among them is how he'll allow us to ease in our Rookies. With his ability to play all over the front we don't have to force unequipped players into non ideal positions/situations. 

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Tremendous move. Campbell is basically what we'e all wanted for a while now. Not sure this changes the draft strategy all that much since the defensive line could still use some talent to groom going forward (and another effective starter) but this is a more than solid improvement for the present.

Goodbye Michael Pierce, your first two seasons were awesome.

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4 hours ago, DreamKid said:

I wonder if this alters our draft strategy at all. Are we going to be more aggressive now that we've added a big "Win Now" player? Like if a bigger name defensive player starts falling, does EDC bump up dreaming of pairing him with Campbell?

While I don’t think it will necessarily alter our draft strategy, I only think that because I thought it was paramount that we came away with either Clowney (elite edge/run stopper with very good pass rushing skills), Calais Campbell (same thing but along the interior), or worst case we signed Gerald McCoy (he offers the needed interior pass rush but doesn’t have the run stopping ability that I’m sure we would ideally covet of our rushers as they’re on their way to the QB.) So with that being the case I always factored one of these moves into our endgame and thus into my perceived draft strategy.

Calais Campbell was really the most “Raven” of the above moves to make though as it wouldn’t require overspending their cap to offer a historic contract to sign a player (Clowney) and it wouldn’t require incorporating a less than ideal run defender upfront (McCoy). Campbell offers the best option especially because in this route we don’t give up the chance of obtaining future compensatory picks for losing any of our pending free agents.

In terms of draft strategy, I think we were always going to be aggressive. We have a good portion of talent throughout the roster and few LEGIT weaknesses. Thus this team would probably most benefit from a few elite warriors than a collection of 8 very solid selections. If there is a draft to trade up for talent, this is that draft IMO. Whether its trading up I the 1st for Jerry Jeudy as an elite WR prospect to complete our passing attack or trading up in the second round and securing Tyler Biadasz to make sure we have the blockers in place to recoup the benefits of our talented stable of receiving weapons. While this class has many WRs to choose from, with Lamar’s contract window really jumping into focus, we would be doing this team a disservice if we take a Donovan Peoples-Jones for instance and hope he develops into a premier WR. Jeudy is already incredibly pro ready, we can’t afford to take a rookie that will be playing as much catchup as some of these options might require. But Jeudy has the best release in the class, he could from day one be an impact specialist.

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I agree with our strategy should be more in line of getting players that can contribute now. With a need on dline out of the way (I assume we go back and pick up either Ellis or Peko) I think our front office are dead set on inside linebacker and oline in this draft. If Judon is not traded, I think we will se edge being a pick later in the draft in case we resign McPhee and Ward.

IOL

ILB

WR

EDGE

S

Backup tackle

Dline

are the order I see us attacking the draft if we resign the players I think we do

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Yeah honestly if we can get some order of IOL/LB/WR in the first 3 picks this year i think we have a really solid team in place.

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7 hours ago, sp6488 said:

 

Well my signing bonus and salary numbers on page two were exact. Just failed to account for the fact we would sign only a two year deal... can’t recall us doing many two year deals in the past. That’s still somewhat of a shock to me.

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Fixed the autocorrect
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38 minutes ago, diamondbull424 said:

Well my signing bonus and salary numbers on page two were exact. Just failed to account for the fact we would sign only a two year deal... can’t recall us doing many two year deals in the past. That’s still somewhat of a shot to me.

To be fair it's more like an extension/restructure, rather than FA signing with two years.

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