How does Kansas City’s trade for Orlando Brown shake up Round 1?
On Friday afternoon the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens completed a trade which sent Ravens tackle Orlando Brown to the Chiefs in a six pick deal that included the No. 31 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news:
This is quite the deal, especially given that these two teams are the class of the AFC and probably have to go through each other to reach the Super Bowl.
Brown, a former 2018 3rd round pick out of Oklahoma, played left tackle in relief of Ronnie Stanley for the Ravens in 2020 and was excellent. He had requested a trade because he wanted to continue playing left tackle and is a free agent after the 2021 season. In Kansas City he will slide into the left tackle role to protect Patrick Mahomes.
For the Ravens…
This deal makes a ton of sense for Baltimore. They end up getting a first round pick (No. 31 overall) and all told they end up getting back the equivalent value of around the 45th overall pick in the draft. They have Stanley returning from injury, which fills the gap at left tackle, and they a rumored to be signing former Steelers tackle Alejandro Villanueva to play right tackle.
For the Chiefs…
It was the top offseason priority of the Chiefs to bolster their offensive line to protect Mahomes. In Brown they get a top notch left tackle who could be with them for a long time, assuming he signs an extension. The team did not believe a tackle of his quality would be around at pick 31, which made it even more important for them to make a deal of this caliber.
Impact on the Draft
Ok, now the important stuff. How does this change the first round of the draft? After all, we need to set out Big Board Showdown rosters!
The Chiefs were likely going to either trade up in the first round to secure a tackle or stay at No. 31 and take a wide receiver. With the Ravens now holding two first round picks, it’s safe to assume they will use one pick on an edge rusher and one on a wide receiver.
I believe there’s a chance they use some of their newly acquired draft capital to trade up, perhaps to No. 22, to secure the wide receiver of their choosing. They will likely have their choice of Minnesota’s Rashod Bateman or LSU’s Terrace Marshall Jr. If they go that route, I think they’ll trade No. 27 and have No. 31 still left to play with. At that spot I see them taking the best edge rusher on the board. Players that would fit in that spot: Georgia’s Azeez Ojulari, Washington’s Joe Tryon, Miami’s Gregory Rousseau or Penn State’s Jayson Oweh.