The NFL trade deadline is fast approaching. Expiring at 4 pm ET on November 2nd, teams are scrambling to make inquiries to teams concerning certain players. Contending teams will be looking to add that final piece to their playoff puzzle while tanking teams will be looking to jettison players to acquire more draft capital. For the Baltimore Ravens, this may be the most pivotal trade deadline in team history.
Despite sitting at 5-2, the Ravens have had myriad injuries along their entire roster. Making a last minute trade to bring in a player or two to help ease those injury woes may just be what the team needs to do in order to make a serious championship run.
The Ravens have proven they can win with their current talent but there is nothing to say that improving that talent can’t make life a little easier for those in Baltimore.
Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta has shown that he is more than willing to wheel and deal for the benefit of his team and this year may be no different. In the past, he has brought aboard the likes of Marcus Peters, Calais Campbell, and Yannick Ngakoue. With 17 players on injured reserve, the Ravens could use his charismatic bargaining powers now more than ever.
The Ravens are absolutely loaded with draft picks, including nine in the first four rounds so it’s safe to safe Baltimore has plenty of bargaining chips with which to use. Below are three realistic players the Ravens could target for a trade before the deadline expires.
Ravens Trade Target #1: Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts
We start our list of Ravens trade targets with the low hanging fruit. Marlon Mack respectfully wants out of Indianapolis in hopes of getting more playing time. The Ravens are in desperate need of a running back that can offer some sort of explosion. The Colts, most likely without a first round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, are in need of more draft picks. In the end, a trade would benefit all parties involved.
The Ravens have been trotting out veterans the likes of Latavius Murray, Devonta Freeman, and Le’Veon Bell — with little success. All of those backs are well past their prime and offer little in the way of explosiveness. Their youngest back, Ty’Son Williams, clearly doesn’t have the confidence of the team and just looks lost when he’s on the field.
To put it simply, the Ravens need more juice in the backfield, a running back who can actually bounce to the outside and make plays. Baltimore’s entire identity the last few years has been the run game, and that run game has been subpar to say the very least. Mack, despite coming off of an ACL injury, has looked great in his limited usage this season.
He is still fresh and with only one year on his deal, carries very little financial burden. A late round pick would be all that’s needed to make this swap happen and Baltimore should be quick to call over to Indianapolis.
Trade Target #2: Andre Dillard, OT, Philadelphia Eagles
To say the Ravens are desperate for reinforcements along their offensive line may be the understatement of the year. Injuries have withered the offensive line down to almost nothing, and the injured reserve list seemingly keeps getting longer with each passing week.
Andre Dillard may be just the guy to help alleviate the ails of Baltimore. Despite being the 22nd overall pick in 2019, Dillard has hardly played up to that standing, being benched in favor of 7th round pick Jordan Mailata. A change of scenery in Baltimore may do just the trick. Patrick Mekari, the team’s starting right tackle, injured his ankle in the loss to Cincinnati and could miss up to six weeks.
The Ravens need more protection on the edges if Lamar Jackson is to keep playing Superman every week. Dillard has been playing relatively well this season, upping his trade value for the Eagles. His youth, physical acumen, and positional versatility should make him a savory target for the Ravens.
Trade Target #3: Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Miami Dolphins
This trade has much more to do with the future of Baltimore’s secondary than it does at its present state. Corner will be a pressing need for the Ravens in the offseason as the team has big decisions to make with Marcus Peters and Jimmy Smith. Smith may not be back and Peters carries a large contract while coming off an ACL injury.
Even if both were to be brought back, more depth is needed. The Ravens always seem to go through healthy corners like its nothing every year so adding a youthful defensive back can only help. Igbinoghene could be on Baltimore’s radar. Despite being a first round pick in 2020, the former Auburn corner has seen very little playing time and it looks as though that was a wasted pick by the Dolphins.
Still, Igbinoghene has a tremendous athletic profile and with a little more time and better coaching, he could become a regular contributor to the defense. He is certainly worth a late round flyer at this point. Meanwhile, it looks as though as the Dolphins are on the verge of another rebuild and virtually any and all players are on the trade market. Noah Igbinoghene may be the first to go.