The Baltimore Ravens can now be added to the list of teams that are in need of some help at wide receiver. They made a surprising move during the 2022 NFL Draft, as they parted ways with wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown. Could they pivot to pursue a trade for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett?
The Ravens traded Brown and a third-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, which turned Myjai Sanders with the 100th overall pick, to the Arizona Cardinals for the No. 23 pick in the draft. Baltimore would make another deal, trading No. 23 to the Buffalo Bills for No. 25 and 130.
Baltimore didn’t replace Brown with either of those selections, as they picked Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum at 25 and punter Jordan Stout out of Penn State with the 130th selection. In fact, the Ravens didn’t pick a single wide receiver with their 11 selections, but did add a running back and two tight ends to the mix.
Without Brown, the Ravens’ depth chart could use some help at the wide receiver spot. The team is putting a lot of faith in second-year player Rashod Bateman taking a sizable leap in 2022 as he is the No. 1 receiver at the moment. Devin Duvernay and James Proche II are the other starters listed currently.
Baltimore does rely heavily on its tight ends in the passing game, which will help mitigate the need for a wide receiver. Mark Andrews has been a favorite target for Lamar Jackson and will continue to be.
Expect Baltimore to check in on some of the veterans that remain in free agency, as they would be a fit. But, if they want to aggressively pursue an upgrade, the trade market is where they could find some help.
A lot of people believe the Seattle Seahawks could part with a receiver, and in this scenario, the Ravens do land one. But, it isn’t D.K. Metcalf, who has been mentioned in plenty of hypothetical deals. Instead, it is his running mate, Tyler Lockett.
Lockett has surpassed the 1,000-yard receiving mark in three straight seasons and has caught at least eight touchdowns in four straight. He would instantly upgrade the Ravens’ offense, providing Jackson with a No. 1 receiver to complement Bateman.
What would it take to land Lockett? The price for him would likely be lower than Metcalf, who has superstar capabilities. While not on that level, Lockett is solid in his own right. A second-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft could be enough to get the Seahawks’ interest if they decide to continue paring down their roster and rebuilding.