Ravens allegedly declined eight proposals of partnership

The Ravens allegedly declined eight trade proposals during the first round of the NFL Draft.

Eric DeCosta, general manager of the Ravens, has never hesitated to make a trade in order to obtain additional draft capital.

Nevertheless, he made the decision to hold onto his pick, former Clemson cornerback Nate Wiggins, at No. 30 in the 2024 NFL Draft. Since then, DeCosta has denied multiple trades in order to accomplish this, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley.

“The Ravens showed how much they wanted Wiggins by turning down eight trade offers from other teams looking to move up,” Hensley said.

The clubs trying to trade up did not disclose what they offered, but DeCosta’s lack of action speaks much about Baltimore’s perception of Wiggins.

“For us, it was always, ‘If Nate [is] there, we [are] going to pick,'” DeCosta said. “In our opinion, [he’s] a guy that can be a true shutdown-type corner.”

To be fair, the Ravens were taken aback to learn that Wiggins was still available. Over the previous two years, the Clemson product totaled 58 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles, three interceptions, and 17 passes defensed.
The main questions about Wiggins are whether his stature (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) will make it difficult for him to cover larger receivers in a physically demanding AFC North. Zach Orr, the defensive coordinator, disagrees with those worries.

“On tape, I didn’t see anything about him being undersized as anything that we critiqued,” Orr said. “He took off, gave the run game the upper hand, engaged in physical play with the receivers at the line of scrimmage, came up and tackled them to take the ball away from them. He thus performed like a raven. Regarding it, we are not at all concerned.
Baltimore would have probably accepted one of the eight trade offers if the city as a whole had been concerned about any of those things. That was untrue.

In addition, the Ravens required to bolster their cornerback corps following a season in which multiple important members of their secondary sustained injuries.

At the absolute least, Wiggins will give them a terrific shot to start Week 1 and add some much-needed depth. He will also give them a great chance to maintain their position as one of the league’s top defenses.

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