(AP) OWINGS MILLS, Maryland — On the second night of the NFL draft, the Baltimore Ravens had to wait more than 50 picks before it was their turn.
Even if that was upsetting, at least they understood why it was happening.
Because they traded their second-round pick for the highly regarded linebacker Roquan Smith last year, the Ravens were left without one.
Due to this, they only made one selection on Friday night—Clemson linebacker Trenton Simpson, who was picked at number 86 overall in the third round.
General Manager Eric DeCosta remarked, "It was a long day, as I feared it would." "All I could think about was Roquan.
In fact, we FaceTimed with Roquan at one point. True or not, that is the case.
The Ravens acknowledged that they saw many excellent potential picks pass by the wayside, but many teams like to act as though they were surprised that the player they ultimately selected was still available.
"We probably had seven or eight names at one point, early in the third round," DeCosta said. And at the conclusion, we had one. You then choose the best player. What we do is that.